Need some advice....(long)

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Need some advice....(long)
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Wed, 10-27-2010 - 8:52pm

A little background first. My son Joshua will be 9 next week, and is in the third grade. He has ADHD, and his last two teachers have said they felt he was gifted. We have gone to the school to have a plan set up for him, they are testing him for speech which seems to be their only area of concern with him. I should be getting notice for the next meeting to discuss the results, etc within the next week or two. Also during his initial meeting we discussed having him tested for the gifted program. Both the principal as well as his teacher seemed to be pushing the fact that he is gifted, and seems to be bored with the curriculum.

So this leads to my question, I just got the results back from his gifted testing. His total score is 119 the requirement for gifted is 125. I'm okay with that, but what I'm not okay with is the one part of the test that made him lower is the area that focuses on "concentration and attention". UMM....HELLOOOO....the boy has ADHD! Don't you think there should be some kind of provisions made there? He tested "Superior" and "High Average" in all other areas of the test. So while I don't want to push for him to be put into the actual gifted program, I feel that there should be SOME kind of program for kids like him, so he doesn't fall through the cracks, KWIM?


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Registered: 06-09-2005
Sun, 11-28-2010 - 7:36pm

At is IEP meeting we discussed it. I did tell them that I'm not pushing for him to be in gifted, I just want to make sure he doesn't "fall through the cracks" His teacher said she had been thinking about it and thought giving him something more to his level during the time when they do the work station work would be best for him. They wrote it into his IEP now. So far it seems to be working. :)


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Wed, 11-24-2010 - 11:41am

Since he has ADHD, then you could argue that he cannot not be denied gifted education due to his disability when he meets the academic requirements.

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Registered: 09-23-2008
Wed, 11-10-2010 - 7:04pm
Rule of thumb for IQ tests: If there is more than a 10 point difference between verbal and performance IQ, the higher IQ should be substituted for the full scale IQ. Best practice in diagnostics. A higher score is usually more reliable, and a low score in one area often indicates a processing deficit rather than IQ deficit. (Ex, language delayed/disordered students often have a low verbal IQ, so the performance IQ should be used in place of full scale.) HTH.

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Registered: 06-09-2005
Wed, 11-03-2010 - 7:56pm

I have a meeting with them next wed to hopefully establish his IEP since the testing is all done, so I'm going to bring it up then. I'm not sure if they can help me though because the team for his IEP is different than the one for gifted. But I figured I'd start there then if they can't help me I will set up another meeting.


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Registered: 11-10-2003
Thu, 10-28-2010 - 10:11pm

Let us know how it goes!

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Registered: 06-09-2005
Thu, 10-28-2010 - 10:06pm

Thank you! That is exactly what I need with me when I ask about it. I really appreciate your help!


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Registered: 11-10-2003
Thu, 10-28-2010 - 10:18am

Here is some more information for you about the GAI sce for the WISC-4.

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Registered: 11-10-2003
Thu, 10-28-2010 - 8:33am

The score for theWISC 4 is called the full scale IQ score.

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Registered: 06-09-2005
Wed, 10-27-2010 - 10:43pm

Thanks for your response. He was given the WISC-IV test. Do you think I should go ahead and make the appointment to discuss it with them? I mean it couldn't hurt right?


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Registered: 11-10-2003
Wed, 10-27-2010 - 10:26pm

Hi,

I have a gifted/ADHD child also. He's 10 and in 5th grade.