Today he walks with a happy step, as I greet the group. We take the elevator down to my room as a special treat. They all are involved in happy conversation, except for one. I notice in his hands a giant book. He shows me proudly. I say, “Can I take a look?” He shakes his head smiling. He is mute in front of the rest of the children I have gathered for the test.
This child has much difficulty with speaking and does so rarely in a group. Next I deliver the stated directions and we try a question. Then I ask if I could sit near him. He says, “I like that.”
After it’s over, he points to his book. He wants to share it with me. I smile and say,”Pop -ups are my favorites, thanks for letting me see…Pop-up Facts Space, a Star Studded Journey of Discovery. I see his classroom teacher’s name inside the book. It is one of her treasures, I know. He is also one of her treasures and she wants him to feel like he has a piece of her classroom with him as he goes to test far away from her . He is proudly working away. His marks are less angry than they were on Day 1. We have a few minutes before we go back up to their classroom. He demonstrates how the book works, by my side. I am in awe of this demonstration and the reading of difficult captions. He is beginning to trust, even me…ISAT tester!