My Y1 son is having behavioural issues in school, so much so that a week ago we had a meeting with the headmaster, his class teacher and the AEN teacher to assess the situation and try to come up with strategies to address my son's needs.
One suggestion by the AEN teacher was to assess my son using the BPVS method to try to get a better understanding as to whether he is being stretched in class.
Having done some research I am aware of what the test is but I am unsure as to whether this is the best route to go down in gauging my son's 'brightness'? How will this assessment reflect his abilities and how will they use it to ensure his learning needs are met?
It was also suggested that my son go to see the school counsellor. Yes my 6yo son needs therapy. His behaviour is so extreme, always has been a very intense little boy since he was a baby. So much so I went to the HV twice when he was a toddler because I couldn't cope with his behaviour. His high-needs has meant that we waited 5 years to have another baby because we wouldn't have coped otherwise. His near-retiring Y1 teacher says that in all her years of teaching my son is a 'puzzle' to her. She says he 'astounds' her with his work and stuff he comes out with but his behaviour is difficult to control. He aced Reception and was very happy there but the transition to Y1 plus our new baby has been hard on him. Has exacerbated his moods/needs/reactions.
The BPVS is a test of understanding of language - at single word level. So he would be asked to point to a series of pictures, in response to hearing a word. It would give an age related score - giving an idea of his receptive language skills.
I wonder if they're doing it because they think there's a mis-match between his language skills and his other abilities. It would be worth you asking - and it may be that if this is the suspicion, he should be referred to a speech and language therapist for a more in depth assessment.