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ImportantStep Tue 14-Jun-16 22:59:05

DS has finally been assessed by an educational psychologist. We already knows he has ADHD and Dyslexia, but school thought it would be good to get a detailed profile on him before he starts year 6 (in Sept). It was all a bit last minute, so not had much time to look into it all.

So, the report says his verbal scales are 96th percentile, non verbal 91st, so I am assuming it is saying he is pretty bright. However, some of his other scores are really low - like visual processing speed 18th percentile, phonological awareness 15th percentile.

There is some explanation after the scores, but I guess what i would like is a crystal ball! Is DS likely to be able to get his exams when he gets to secondary with scores like these? They seem to be so wide ranging and some obviously very low. He can read really well, including very long words but still stumbles on common words. He struggles to remember long instructions and hold things in his mind, but can give quite insightful answers to questions hmm

If anyone could offer the benefit of their experience, i would love to hear it. Or somewhere to look at an idiots guide to what this means for him. Ta.

EyeoftheStorm Wed 15-Jun-16 13:45:36

I can't offer any insight but your post makes me think I'm looking at my DS in 4 years. I would like a crystal ball too.

We had an educational psychologist report done at age 6 as some of DS's difficulties are due to prematurity. His verbal skills were on the 90th centile while reading and writing were the on 10th.

Did your DS have extra help to learn to read?

The psychologist we saw said that there's no reason for him not to progress well given his general ability is high, but that there will be crunch times when the workload increases when he will need extra time and help to cope. I imagine going into year 7, GCSEs etc are those kinds of times.

My older two have had a smooth ride through school, but DS seems more clued up, more articulate, 'brighter' (for want of a better word) than they did at his age. I would really like to get to the bottom of what is getting in the way for him and get help for it.

I just can't see what his 'ride' is going to be like.

ImportantStep Wed 15-Jun-16 22:14:13

Thanks for your reply Eye. It's so hard, isn't it? I mean, we know that many things can get in the way when kids hit their teens, but I really have no clue what DS's trajectory could possibly be like.

I suppose I'd like to hear from both ed psych experts and parents who have been there and done it.

What does happen for children who have high innate ability (is that a thing??), but who have specific learning difficulties?!

youarenotkiddingme Wed 15-Jun-16 22:30:12

A crystal ball would be great grin

My DS has NVR 90 centile and VR 22 centile. Spelling is 5th, motor planning 12th, visual 47th. He also has poor phonological awareness although I have no centile scores for this.

He is really achieving well in stem subjects, not so much in those that require written communication and reasoning skills.

But that's not to say without support and specific skills teaching skills won't be learnt.

I'd be asking EP exactly what needs to be done to improve weaknesses, and get a plan written with school about what progress is expected by when and action to follow should he not meet his targets.

ImportantStep Thu 16-Jun-16 20:20:57

Bump for experienced parents who know their way around ed psych reports smile, or who can offer me reassurance!

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