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Teen Neuropsych evaluation and feedback

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Replies to: Teen Neuropsych evaluation and feedback

  • Stellaluna27Stellaluna27 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Definitely do the eval :). My daughter sounds a lot like your son, except that she is highly social and expressive (with peers, but she will not speak beyond one or two words to most adults), but academically she is similar (good standardized testing, mediocre grades, horrific writing [seems practically illiterate]), as well as in terms of quirkiness/poor eye contact. We took her for a neuropsych eval last summer, after a 1-year wait, when she was 14.5. It was very, very helpful. She has an IQ in the gifted range (which we knew from prior testing by the school), but also has dyslexia, pretty severe ADD, very slow processing speed, very poor working memory, and what they called "disorder of written expression." These have resulted in a 504 that has helped a lot this year (her freshman year of high school) and have helped her a lot as well. She no longer thinks she is stupid . . . she now knows her processing is just different from other people's. That alone was worth the price and aggravation of getting the eval for us.
  • jeannemarjeannemar Registered User Posts: 387 Member
    I just signed up our 16 year old son for an evaluation at a university center for behavioral health. He has been on ADD meds for 3 years without much improvement, failed 2 semesters of math and 1 of English freshman year. Then got depression diagnosis this February (literally did no work the first 6 weeks of semester) and switched to Zoloft. He is close to failing English and World History. He flat out lies to me when I ask him about assignments. On the other hand, he is bright, creative, and all his teachers like him. He does well on standardized tests and enjoys music and theater. I am concerned about cognitive issues and gender/sexuality issues as well.
  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls Registered User Posts: 2,649 Senior Member
    "I am planning (finally) to have a neuropsych evaluation."

    In my limited experience, these can be very good -- with much more accurate detail than I would have thought possible after a relatively short and pleasant evaluation.

    It sounds like you son has enormous abilities and potential, but also has some issues that need to be resolved. Figuring out what those issues are and getting them resolved well is probably possible, and if this can be done before he goes off to university that would be very valuable.

    Good luck with this process.
  • intparentintparent Registered User Posts: 29,542 Senior Member
    @jeannemar, I wonder why you are "concerned" about gender-sexuality issues. I ask because one of my kids is bi -- but I don't feel that there is any need for an evaluation related to it. I think I might if my kid were considering gender reassignment, but other than that I don't see why any behavior/evaluation would be needed.
  • CTMom21CTMom21 Registered User Posts: 160 Junior Member
    I don't think there's any such thing as it being too late.  I think it's hugely reassuring (both to parent and kid) to untangle the different things that are going on, and I think that being able to isolate one or more specific issues helps a kid feel less like an underachiever and more like he has various strengths and weaknesses (as does everyone).  Also, you need a neuropsych evaluation or IEP to qualify for testing accommodations, if applicable -- at least that's the case for the SSATs, and I assume it's the same for the SATs.  My kids were both evaluated at a younger age (maybe 3rd and 6th grade?); both have ADHD and some degree of slow processing, and the younger one has some more concrete learning issues.  It truly changed all of our lives. Good luck to you and your son. 
  • CenterCenter Registered User Posts: 1,456 Senior Member
    Did it. Both as expected yet not. Well worth the time and money
  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri Registered User Posts: 5,821 Senior Member
    That's great. I think it's typical for some things to turn out as expected, but there's so much to absorb. I'm glad you're satisfied with the results.
  • CenterCenter Registered User Posts: 1,456 Senior Member
    @CTMom21 @DadTwoGirls @austinmshauri @jeannemar does anyone have children with the variously mentioned issues in boarding school?
  • CTMom21CTMom21 Registered User Posts: 160 Junior Member
    @Center - My older son is starting BS in the fall. He has ADHD and in 8th grade received pretty minimal support (help with organization/executive function) but was pretty much independent. Between the BS structure, advisor, and availability of informal help through the learning center, he may not need any formal learning support. During the application process last year, no one batted an eye at ADHD or the (very thorough) neuropsych report we submitted, and we were told that ADHD is pretty commonplace among BS kids. My younger DS (7th grade) has ADHD (inattentive) and probably some more learning issues (slow processing; dyscalculia). He is having his 3-year neuropsych exam in the fall, so we'll have more detail before we really get into the secondary school process. Unfortunately, we don't yet have any kind of BS experience to share yet.
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