Good Verbal Scores, Average on Others
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My son was referred to a psychologist due to few behaviour issues at
school and often complaining of being bored at school. The psychologist
decided to complete an educational assessment.
He scored the following at age 8 and 2 months.
VCI - 124 (Sim-15, Voc-13, Comp-14)
PRI-106 (BD-10, PC-13, MR-10)
WMI-107 (DS-10, LNS-13)
PSI-109 (coding-11, SS-12)
Word reading -113
Currently at school he is completing spelling a grade above and Maths
almost two grades above and the school reports he is doing well now they
are giving him harder work. The psychologist used the word 'splinter
skill' in relation to VCI. What does this mean? A new school counsellor
after reading this said this indicated he is probably Has Autism and
should be assessed and as no one has picked this up before he must be
high functioning. Could this be the case? Every school report has indicated
he is excelling at Maths, History and Science are these common strength of
a profile like my son?
Thank you for your time.
It is obvious that he has good verbal scores (Superior) in comparison to
his other scores (Average). His FSIQ is in the High Average range. He
surely has some learning concerns that may have not been attended to but
a more comprehensive evaluation may be necessary.
Usually "splinter skills" is typically associated with autistic children
that may have above average IQ. However, this can actually be applied to
anyone with one or more skills that are considerably above their overall
performance ability. It is a form of uneven development when they have
difficulty with some of the general intellectual functioning, and at the
same time a skill that is significantly above their overall functioning.
Since he is excelling in some areas and not in others, it may be
manifesting in behavioural issues. It is best to have the psychologist
who tested him recommend further testing. He probably need and
individualised learning program to be able to further strengthen his
strong areas and get help in his weaker areas. Get help from an expert
in autism to diagnose of rule out any concerns and start with an
educational plan that would work for him. Best wishes to you.