About a year and a half has passed since Blake has been to her diagnostician. At the end of kindergarten was when she was diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia and ADHD. She has come unbelievably far in the time she has had at Key School and I was so excited to take her back to the diagnostician yesterday to see her progress.
The main questions I wanted answered were
- Is she progressing academically and at least on grade level?
- Are we at a point where we can move her to a mainstream school after 2nd grade?
Blake was all set to arrive and begin the long hours of testing at 8:30 yesterday. Since this is a private diagnostician, you get in quickly, you get your results quickly and the reports she gives are so thorough and completely fascinating. The cost is $1300 and insurance does not cover it. I dropped her off and was asked to come back and get the results and have a conference at 12:30. Blake gets very excited to go, so I know the testing must be somewhat fun for her.
This time around I wasn’t nervous, we already have a diagnosis, we already have Blake in a specialized school, we are already working with a psychiatrist to get her on the right medications, none of this is new.
I can tell Dr. Claridge (the diagnostician) loves Blake! The two doctors that tested her think she is hysterical and told me they would have rather not tested her and sat and talked and played with her the entire time. She says funny and cute things often, has a big imagination and doesn’t think or speak about things that most kids do. I don’t know how to describe it, but she isn’t like your standard imaginative 8 year old, it goes far beyond that.
So now it’s time to sit down for the results, I am already low on time, which is unfortunately the story of my life with 3 kids and a business, so we are planning on meeting again to discuss further.
First the good news. Blake has a very high IQ. She is very close to being Mensa. Dr. Claridge told me she will likely qualify for Mensa next time she is tested when her focus has improved some. From my understanding that just means you are in the top 98th percentile for IQ. These are your genius level people. Praise God for this! Right now she is in the top 95th percentile.
Now the not so good news. Basically when your IQ is superior plus, and your academic achievement testing is average, there is more than a standard deviation difference and that is how you know there are learning differences present. If Blake is likely the smartest kid in the room, she should be having no problem flying though these academic tests with ease. Since this is not the case, we know there is still a big problem. Her dyslexia and dysgraphia diagnosis still stands and now we have added on the dyscalculia diagnosis as well. Of course ADHD is still very much a diagnosis too.
So now what? Dr. Claridge recommended she stay at Key School for all of second grade and all of third grade and then reassess. Blake also needs to start seeing a speech therapist to work on her eye contact and staying on topic in conversations. As you can imagine, with severe ADHD, her eyes dart around looking at everything and she changes the subject every two seconds.
She sent me on my way with two books to read “The Whole Brain Child” and “Social Rules for Kids”
I’m not overly excited about the results and was really hoping the gap was closing between her IQ and academics. But no. And that’s ok! We have a plan in place and we know we have to take it year by year and that a curveball can come flying at us at any time. Early intervention is key with these kids, I am so glad we hopped on a treatment plan immediately instead of using the wait and see approach. It’s not easy, it’s not cheap, but we do what we have to do!