Claudette recently posted about how her sporty children had to take a concussion baseline test before participating in the upcoming hockey season. Basically, these are tests to show what “normal” is for each particular athlete so if there is fear of a concussion, there is a comparative factor. These tests include time, memory capacity, speed of mental processing and executive functioning of the brain (concussiontreatment.com).
Of course, I began to think of other practical applications of baseline tests. I began to think, what if we gave our significant others baseline tests at the beginning of a relationship? What if we then tested them every year after to see if they’ve lost anything?
The tests could be something like this:
- How long does it take them to find five specific items in the grocery store
- When you ask for help and they respond “In a minute” see how long it actually takes them to get up and help
- If they say the game only has two minutes left, see if they can calculate the difference between stated and actual time?
- How long does it take them to make the bed?
- Recite all names of all teachers of all children
- Remember the 15 things of to do list
- What is your eye color
- When is your birthday
- What day is significant to your relationship
- Where are there keys, wallet and phone
- Did they remember to put the toilet seat down
- Do they remember what the laundry hamper is and what goes in it
Speed of Mental Processing
- How long does it take to them to realize that you’ve been talking for five minutes because they haven’t been listening
- How long does it take them to realize why you are glaring at them
- How long does it take them to realize that they forgot the one thing that you asked them to buy at the store
- How long does it take them to find a specified item in their closet that they absolutely must have that day
Executive Functioning of the Brain
- Can they solve four separate crisis at the same time?
- Can they navigate a trip to the mall with a teenager?
- If the light bulb burns out, can they successfully follow the steps necessary to allow light to once again enter the room?
- Can they put together furniture that comes in a box?
- Can they follow a simple recipe?
- Can they figure out what to do if they are lost?