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ASD I Q tests

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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

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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