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mamadadawahwah Sun 10-Jul-05 14:10:36

Can anyone tell me what is involved in an IQ test for a 2.5 yr old recently diagnosed with ASD?

I am shitting bricks thinking about this. Its almost as bad as getting the diagnosis.

Can anyone advise how you test a 2.5 yr old for his/her IQ?

Jimjams Sun 10-Jul-05 15:43:42

No-one's ever managed to get ds1 to complete an IQ test. Who wants to do one- they're generally not very reliable with autistic kids unless they're very high functioning.

Jimjams Sun 10-Jul-05 15:46:26

They involve things like putting bricks in certain sized holes etc- all stuff that ds1 was more than capable of, but no way was he going to spoend time fiddling with bricks when there was a sink in the room. Also he needed to be able to follow some instructions to complete the test and that wasn't happening at all when he was 3 (still doesn't really). I decided to ignore IQ tests as being irrelevent to him- I know he doesn't additional learning difficulties outside of the big one of the autism. They may be more relevant if you were going for funding for a home programme though.

mamadadawahwah Sun 10-Jul-05 15:49:44

so do i just go ahead and get one anyway, or are they a pre-requisite to getting help? does my ds have to have one?

jenk1 Sun 10-Jul-05 15:58:57

my ds has just had one -psycholetric test they called it-he struggled to concentrate and it had to be done over 2 sessions of 3 hours cos every time they asked him a question he would go off and delve into the subject and he kept having to stop for something to eat-he is obsessed with eating at certain times, they havent told us the results yet though

macwoozy Sun 10-Jul-05 16:09:47

At 3 1/2 my ds had a pschometric test. It was the Leier scale, a non verbal way of assessing intelligence. But he didn't really understand what was expected from him. It showed him to have a much lower mental age than his actual age. He's 5 now, and described as quite an intelligent boy, so I wouldn't put too much empthasis of these tests, especially at 2.5 years.

beccaboo Mon 11-Jul-05 23:47:17

We did one a couple of months ago. DS is 3.5 years. I think it was called the Weschler pre-school test. There were 4 sections, first two to test non-verbal reasoning, second two to test language. First one was with coloured blocks, he had to copy the patterns the tester made. Second one was putting together simple jigsaws. Third & fourth were testing receptive & expressive language - including showing him pictures and asking him to say what he could see, or point to things.

Ours was done by NHS, but only because a local hospital was doing a study and needed some children to take part. The results were referred to during the final dx meeting.

mamadadawahwah Mon 11-Jul-05 23:52:46

Well if that is the case, my son is going to fail a lot of it. Even if he could recognise pictures he wouldnt "get it" to be able to respond about them. (age 2.4).

beccaboo Tue 12-Jul-05 00:08:02

Sorry, didn't mean to freak you out. My son wouldn't have been able to do any of it at age 2.4 either. I don't even know if this test is applicable for that age group, there is probably a different test for the under-3s?

One of the things they were looking at was whether there was a 'clinically significant' disparity between his verbal & non-verbal skills - which, as it turned out, there was. ASD kids tend to do better on the non-verbal elements.

Socci Tue 12-Jul-05 00:21:07

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mamadadawahwah Tue 12-Jul-05 01:06:46

i am creating a new thread on sensory integration problems. By the way i just did the ATEC test for autism and my son scored 54 out of 180 - he was normal for all things except communication where he really gained points. This test is interesting and here is the web site

http://www.autismeval.com/ari-atec/

the results are immediate and you can log the results via email and re-test over and over. Further you can do the test and include any intervetions you might be doing for your child as well. It all gets calculated into the score.

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