Saturday, April 24, 2010

IQ Test Reflection, and Dakota County Parent Retreat

The IQ test went pretty well, smoother than I thought it would.  It was shorter and easier than I feared it might be, the psychologist was actually really prepared, and when it was clear there was a section the boys would not be able to do, he'd skip right over that and move on.  The speed was very helpful to us, my boys have a short attention span (about 1000 times shorter than your average 5 year old) and the quicker we could get through it and get out of there, the happier we'd all be.

They surprised me in part of the test.  He'd turn to a page in a 3-ring binder with pictures of a cat, a shovel, a tree, and a car and ask the boys "which one do you pet?" and they both pointed at the cat.  "Which one do you drive?" and they both pointed to the car -- I didn't know they recognized words like "pet" and I didn't know they understood the purpose of cars are for driving.

We are going to get the results of the test next week, but I really think I'm over it already.  I know they aren't geniuses.  I know they won't score well, but I also know how very few answers they were able to get out of the boys, and I know they surprise me constantly with what they do comprehend.

I'm taking a break, already, from the Curcumin.  It's hard to mix with the applesauce, it's nonsoluable (there's Chemistry 101 vocabulary coming in handy) and it doesn't stick to anything except for skin, carpeting and couch fabric.  And it's orange.  I am thinking of putting it in their peanut butter sandwiches, but I feel like I lace everything they eat and drink as it is with some kind of medicine or supplement as it is.  I've got to do more brainstorming about the Curcumin and how to get it in them.

All this is good preparation, mentally anyway, for the kindergarten transition meeting next Friday.   Mark and I are at the Dakota County Parent Retreat this weekend, for parents of children with special needs ages birth-5, and I just came from a session about making the transition from early childhood to kindergarten.  I'm apprehensive about that meeting but I feel a little more prepared every time I talk to another person who has been through it.

It's time for the second set of sessions for the afternoon, I'm going to see what Carol Barnier has to say in her talk -- she is so fun at her website,, and her books are so wonderful!  I'll post later more about her.

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