Hello and a question

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Registered: 09-16-2003
Hello and a question
Tue, 03-15-2011 - 2:40pm
Hi everyone- I'm new here. My name is Amy. My son was tested and accepted for the gifted program after his teacher suggested it to us. They sent me the paperwork, the Gifted Written Report. I was wondering about the four parts of the full scale IQ test. On the Processing Speed Index he only scored a 106 and it brought his total IQ score down. He still qualified because his IQ was high enough and he scored high on the first two parts of the test. I am wondering what Processing Speed Index might mean for him as a student and what kind of things might be a challenge for him.

Thank you for your help!


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Registered: 03-27-2005
Mon, 03-28-2011 - 7:57am

My son has deficits in the areas of auditory processing 12th%,

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Registered: 01-31-2011
Thu, 03-17-2011 - 8:27pm
Hi. I'm sure it is very different for each child. For my older ds, the much lower processing speed was a result of not being good at tasks requiring hand eye coordination, and handwriting in general. At the time, he had muscle tone issues. The biggest problem this caused in school was copying stuff from the board, taking notes, etc. He is 16 and still balks at taking notes!

My younger ds also had similar scores, but it just indicated that he works more methodically (may also have to do with attention span). He tested in the 99 percentile on some math subtests, but when it was timed, he dropped to average.
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Registered: 04-16-2001
Wed, 03-16-2011 - 9:19am
Hi Amy and welcome. What test di they use and how old is your son? How much lower was it than the other parts? One some tests, there are some ways to interpret the test results that take out the effect of the low processing speed. If you do an internet search for "lWISC ow processing speeds" you will find that the Gifted development center did research that showed that the kids they tested had results similar to your son's.
If he works very slowly, he may have more difficulty with completing his work during the alloted time or doing as well on timed tests. However, this results may not reflect his ability to work quickly enough in the classroom and could just be the test itself.
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Registered: 07-23-2002
Tue, 03-15-2011 - 4:45pm

There's a lot of variability in processing speed. Your ds still scored above average for processing speed so it's unlikely he'll need intervention or be considered "twice exceptional" (2E). A rule of thumb is that if your child's processing speed is 2 standard deviations below the rest of his IQ, there is likely a learning disability involved. Two SD's above 106 would be around 140, I think. If his score on the other three subtests is >140, you should probably push for more detailed testing. If not, this is likely just a case of him having areas that are strong and others that are even stronger.

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