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    Agent99, what are the characteristics of people for whom normal IQ tests don't work?

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    The psych never mentioned the characteristics but said IQ tests cannot accurately capture IQ for 5% of the population. He mentioned that this particular field of study began about 10 years ago. He estimated that ds's IQ is anywhere from 10 -20 points higher than the test score. I always knew he was gifted but it was nice to have it validated by his academic testing. And it's been invaluable this year at bad middle school to motivate them into differentiating.

    I will say that my son's original IQ test seemed out of sorts with my daughter's. Her test seemed to follow a natural progression. His was all over the page. I'm no expert and the district psych NEVER spoke to me about ds' TAG test. He just didn't make the top 2% cut off.

    But then a friend took her daughter to a private psych - he looked at daughter's TAG test and said, wow, she's got something going on here. Turns out she is extremely ADD. The district psych failed to notice this. Friend's experience prompted me to seek out the specialist - who took one look at my son's TAG test and said, something is going on, let's find out what it is. It was just a gut instinct on my part, but it didn't look "right" to me. How's that for scientific evidence?

    According to our specialist this isn't something to be concerned about. It's just how his brain works. After going over the testing I began to notice a lot of similarities between my dad and ds and even myself. So maybe I have abnormal processing too. LOL

    Sorry I can't be more helpful.

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    Agent99, are you willing to PM me the name of the psych? That's interesting and I'd like to follow up.

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    Sent it DeeDee.

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    Thanks for all the replies! We are waiting to hear back from Ed. Psych. and are looking into testing. Is there any way to get insurance to cover it if there are no behavior problems? I don't suspect a learning challenge either.

    If I have to pay, does anyone have an estimate? I've heard $2000 which is a scary thought.

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    If you test at cty they told us a minimum of $1000 just for an iq test

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    Yes. They quoted me $1500 for the testing and for a meeting afterward to explain the results and make recommendations. There must be somewhere else I can get her tested but aside from picking a name out of the phone book, I have no idea where to go. Anyone have suggestions for Maryland?

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    you can check on Hoagie's for an evaluator in your area. The price depends on what tests and you for sure want that follow up AND you want to get the whole thing, including the evaluator's assessment in writing. We had 2 tests and it was, well, more than $1500, I'll tell you. You might want to find out if anyone is going to listen to the results first, or you could look at it as a tool to help understand your child.


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