Terminology

Unfamiliar terms and words often appear in reports on assessments and in conversations with professionals. Parents may be unsure of their meaning and the implications they have for their child – here are some of the words/phrases you may encounter.

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Age equivalent
This is the age that a test has assessed as a child’s current level of development in one area. This may be younger than the child’s actual age, so a child could be 3 years, 6 months but have an age equivalent of 2 years, 6 months. A child may have different age equivalents for different areas of development. The age equivalent for motor development (walking, etc.), for example, may be the same as the child’s chronological age, but communication development could be similar to that of a child who is a year younger, indicating a delay compared to the rest of the child’s skills.


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