By M. P. Everard
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Many outbursts of screaming or temper tantrums, however they were initiated, can be prolonged or even aggravated by attention from an adult or other children. If all attention is withdrawn from the child following each outburst the frequency and severity of such behaviours will diminish. In a similar way it is possible to build up the number of skills and the amount of time the child spends involved in constructive activities by altering the events which follow these behaviours. If, for example, each time the child completes a simple jigsaw he is praised and given a hug or allowed to play with a favourite toy, the number of such puzzles he will complete will steadily increase.
The scale gives a mental age and an IQ. 44 An Approach to Teaching Autistic Children 2. Tests of social development A child's ability in self-care skills and the way he interacts with other people can develop at a different rate from his intellectual skills, especially if he has some handicapping condition. Just as tests of intelligence assign a mental age so it is possible to give a child a social age by measuring his practical and social achievements and comparing them with a sample population of normal children.
It follows the same developmental stages as Scale A but it is slightly easier at the upper end of the test. Separate norms are provided for this scale. The expressive scale is divided into three sections; these are language structure, vocabulary, and content. The language structure section covers the development of vocalization from the earliest stage of "vocalization other than crying", up to the use of complex sentences, omitting no words and with the words in the correct order. This is rated from the child's vocalization during the test.