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today's meeting 
9th-Apr-2003 02:00 pm
Good News
the Mercer Island school district now officially agrees that Philip is "developmentally delayed" and hence eligible for services, and evidently sufficiently so to be eligible for the summer program, too. If the doctor next month comes back with a diagnosis of genuine AutismTM, that'll be worth another hour or so each day.
Bad News
see above.

In all categories except for the motor stuff he's apparently <= -2σ (on the various standardized tests . . . at least in the cases where it was even possible to get any kind of score), and even for the motor stuff where he's only about -0.5σ there are still apparently things he should know how to do by now that he doesn't, e.g., jump up and down with both feet or throwing stuff --- of course, his dad never learned how to throw either (5th percentile in softball throw on the President's Physical Fitness test; go me!), but anyway...

9th-Apr-2003 04:48 pm (UTC)
School District Person:
  "Yeah standard deviations. See ..." (pulls out picture of bell curve)

  "Actually, Roger majored in math."

  "Oh cool. Maybe you can explain it to us then."

Roger [...trying to dredge up what he can remember about the Central Limit Theorem, then deciding this might not be such a good idea...]:

We'll also carefully leave out the small matter that Roger was an algebraic topology wonk who never had a statistics course in his life

Oh, and Emma was also a math major at one point, but never mind that.
9th-Apr-2003 05:12 pm (UTC)
Well, I mostly said that to forestall them from explaining what a standard deviation is (since that wasn't your question) and instead explain where the numbers come from (since that was, or so I thought).
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