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January 26th, 2009, 01:11 AM
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Hello,

I'm new and a bit worried, and wondering if someone here might have seen what I'm seeing before.

My 4 1/2 year old daughter has never to me seemed to have any sign of learning disability. She has never missed a milestone and has in fact seemed advanced in language. Her ability to focus on a project has always been great. However, she can be resistant to changing tasks or moving from one project to another, and she always seems to work slowly and sometimes kind of daydreams while working. She sometimes responds to questions slowly, you have to wait a minute before she answers often.

Her problems in preschool have been with fine motor skills and transitions. Her strengths are imagination and sense of humor. She doesn't make a lot of friends, but likes other kids and hasn't had problems with interactions.

She was diagnosed at 4 with a sort of lazy eye that was fixed with patching and glasses. Now she wears glasses, and sees well with them.

She just took the WPPSI test for a school entrance and her full scale IQ came in in the 120s...so bright but not gifted which sounds right... but her processing speed was low 90s...still nothing that anyone would call really sub - par but very strange given her other scores to me. Does a habit of doing things slowly indicate a problem with learning? Is this a sign of any disability you have seen? I am now worried that she has a problem I need to get treated or it will make her unhappy later in life....Or maybe this kind of score divergence is a normal thing?

I don't know, I'm rambling a bit....just a worried mom wondering if it is time to call the psychologists or not.

Thanks
Angie
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April 2nd, 2009, 12:32 PM
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Popping in from the Nov DDC. I'm a school psychologist and frequently give the WPPSI. A 90 is still in the Average range of scores, so nothing to worry about. She is processing information at approximately the same rate as her same aged peers. In comparison to her FSIQ, it just means that her verbal skills, reasoning skills, and problem solving abilities are more developed than her speed of processing information. She has the capabilities, it is just going to take her longer to take it all in and formulate a response. Again, her score is completely in the Average range--it would not pop out to an evaluator on an assessment profile as something that needed further assessment or as being indicative of a disability of any type.
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