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    Assessing an older child

    Forgive me in advance to those reading this who I have already asked privately for input! I am casting a wide net due to the timeliness of this issue.

    My oldest child is using the MP9 Core, modified. Her three brothers use SC. I have always considered her NT. She really struggled this past year with the work. She is having anxiety-related symptoms that are largely effecting her academic work and life in general. This all came to our attention last week. I didn't realize the extent of her struggles. So, I am now evaluating the academic work and asking whether it is maybe too difficult or I am missing some other piece to the puzzle?

    I think that I may need to have some testing done. I am aware of neuropsychological testing in general. Might there be some other testing that our pediatric neurologist could refer?

    expat mama south of the border
    DD (15) MP 9 Core, modified, (Greek, Music Theory)
    DS (11) SC4
    DS2 (8) SC1
    DS3 (4) SCC soon!

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    Hi, Grace. You might see if the pediatric neurologist can recommend an adolescent psychologist or psychiatrist if you want to remain in the traditional medical realm. Some integrative/functional medicine specialists may have some thoughts for you as well.

    This may become a multifaceted approach to include a nutitious, stabilizing diet and good, regular exercise, which can be so helpful for anxiety. See what your in-person professionals say.

    Wishing all the best to you as you help her!

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      #3
      And if this is coming out of left field, don't discount the burden of the state of the world right now. Many, many children are experiencing isolation, lack of access to peers, social events, sports and rigorous physical activity, fear of loss of loved ones or of harm to themselves due to illness, the state of our nation, the radical changes to habits and appearance of people (mask-wearing, standing in lines, limits to purchases, shortages of coins, canceled family vacations), the cesspool that is social media and any internet platform....

      If the workload difficulty began in September, then that is a much bigger clue that those listed above aren't the etiology, but they sure don't help our youth.

      You could ask about the BASC3 for Inattentive ADD (executive functioning issues can finally manifest when bright students' coping skills fail around Algebra 2).

      You could also look into standardized intelligence and general knowledge tests like the Woodcock-Johnson or WISC V to look for gaps or weaknesses (the latter can only be done up to 16yo).

      Mama to 2

      Summer:
      MPK with SC1 Phonics & Math
      SY 20/21
      4A

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        #4
        Cheryl and enbateau, Thank you both for responding to my comment.

        Cheryl, yes the multi-faceted approach is becoming our MO! I so appreciative your support.

        enbateau, your comments are relevant, to be sure. Even though my daughter's challenges began well before the closings, I have no doubt that the state of things has effected her. With no TV, and no social media of her own (that I am aware of!), she has less exposure to the drama, but who can be completely isolated?

        Thank you for listing names of tests. I am completely new to the testing aspect so this is very helpful. Our Pediatric Neurologist diagnosed my two sons (ASD, ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia), although my son with Autism had a lengthy series of Autism evaluations that later confirmed where he lies on the spectrum. I'm not sure if this is done differently in the U.S., and if this particular doctor can also order the tests you recommended. I will ask him.
        expat mama south of the border
        DD (15) MP 9 Core, modified, (Greek, Music Theory)
        DS (11) SC4
        DS2 (8) SC1
        DS3 (4) SCC soon!

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