Wednesday, May 22, 2013

IQ testing article-10/03/2011

The cuter half and I have said for years that the boy is not good at any kind of standardized testing. Anyone who relies only on IQ testing to determine what their kid can do is not helping their kid and doing a total dis-service to themselves.
As we have said for years if we had listened to the doctors our son would not be where he is or doing what he is doing. Doc's are not always right.

IQ Testing Underestimates Autism Spectrum Intelligence

By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor

Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on October 3, 2011 A new study finds that traditional intelligence testing may be underestimating the capabilities of individuals displaying an autism spectrum disorder.

Traditionally, autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger’s syndrome, have generally been associated with uneven intellectual profiles and impairment.

However, a new study of Asperger individuals published in the online journal PLoS ONE, suggests specialized testing are needed for this special population.

Researchers discovered Asperger’s individuals’ scores are much higher when they are evaluated by a test called Raven’s Progressive Matrices, which encompasses reasoning, novel problem-solving abilities, and high-level abstraction.

By comparison, scores for non-Asperger’s individuals are much more consistent across different tests. Interestingly, Asperger participants’ performance on Raven’s Matrices was associated with their strongest peaks of performance on the traditional Wechsler.

A previous study by the same group found very similar results for autistic individuals as well, whose peaks of ability are perceptual, rather than verbal as in Asperger individuals.

This observation suggests that individuals with autism spectrum disorders have a common information processing mechanism for different aspects of information (verbal vs. perceptual).

According to co-author Michelle Dawson, “while we know autistics process information atypically, very little thought has gone into how to fairly assess their abilities. In fact, there is so little understanding of what autistics do well that their strong abilities are often regarded as dysfunctional.

Dawson said that measurable strengths in autistic spectrum individuals are not “isolated islets of abilities” as previously thought, but are in fact representative of autistics’ intellectual abilities. This in turn raises questions about how to provide autistics with the kinds of information they can process well.

“We consider the effort to understand and encourage autistic strengths to be of paramount importance,” Dawson said.

The results suggest that although autistic spectrum intelligence is atypical, it is also genuine, general and underestimated.

Nauert PhD, R. (2011). IQ Testing Underestimates Autism Spectrum Intelligence. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 22, 2013, from

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Good night

Once again I am posting about having good manners; or as a good friend says, "Some people need really good executive functioning skills."

Good manners include being on time and not asking people to wait an excessive amount of time.
Good manners include being gracious and saying yes to something even if it makes you nervous and you feel like you are stepping outside your box,
When in doubt? Consult Miss Manners. I use a guide book that was written in the 90's that although is a little outdated at least I don't feel like I was just thrown off the turnip truck.
Many people believe we should teach our aspies good manners. I can say that people regularly tell us how polite the boy is. He is FAR from perfect but at least when he is being his less than perfect self he will still say "Please" and "Thank you."

On a completely unrelated context:
The cuter half and I are feeling a bit validated these days. The boy has done well, grades are decent, he doesn't have to take finals, except for 1 class AND he is graduating on time. Guess we aren't the God-awful nightmare parents some people think we are...people we don't know have heard what the boy has done and how far he will go and are impressed with where he will be...he has so many things he is moving ahead on that the cute one and I are overcome from the support we have gotten in and out of our little group of people (not the ones who think we are awful btw)

We are over the moon.
We are flipping stressed out and exhausted who are we kidding we are so mentally wracked out, up and sideways we don't know applesauce from baby poop. I am so tired, the boy is excited and scared and tired. The cute one is too beyond anything. At any one time we can be happy, sad, scared and then we are fine.
The boy at any one time is going on the behavior of an over indulged six year old. He will have hissy fits and act like a brat.

To countermand all this excitement and joy, I have become a coffee junkie again. There is something about caffiene that seems to be calling me on a different level. Either that or I am needing it to keep awake and not fall like a ton of bricks into bed and pretend that it has all gone a way and we are done now.

Oh, yeah and I am reading un-educational trashy novels too.
Yup, mind has gone to the gutter just trying to keep the mental sanity afloat.

I am certainly NOT complaining. Just stating the facts.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Our Open Therapy- Check it out!

Please check out this website.
IT has a lot of information; it is BRAND SPANKING NEW.....and it looks cool.

There are resourses for OT, PT and definitions that any level parent needs. The blog is just starting and I can't wait to reference it.....
JUST you wait. This is going to be a good source and I am glad to support anything that helps the community.