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Old 07-26-2010, 09:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Ds will be having a full evaluation on Thursday. We think he may have Asperger's. We have filled out the thousands of pages of paperwork and I have spoken with someone 3 different times for a variety of questions. What do I need to know for Thursday? I know it will be a long day. How do I prepare ds? He is already panicking about the visit and I need him to calm down. Thanks!

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Ds will be having a full evaluation on Thursday. We think he may have Asperger's. We have filled out the thousands of pages of paperwork and I have spoken with someone 3 different times for a variety of questions. What do I need to know for Thursday? I know it will be a long day. How do I prepare ds? He is already panicking about the visit and I need him to calm down. Thanks!
how old is he?

One thing I explained to my DD is that some of the test just keep going until you can't answer the questions any more, so you really can't tell how you are doing by how hard it seems. Everyone goes until it's *too* hard, so don't get stressed or try to figure out how you are doing by how hard it seems.

My DD really enjoyed her eval. She likes working one-on-one with adults, solving puzzles, etc.

What is he panicking about? Does he think the test will be unpleasant? Does he think having an eval means something bad about him?

but everything has pros and cons  shrug.gif

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I agree with Linda, for my daughter it was like playing. I had to fill out buckets of forms, so it wasn't fun for me
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There are many different types of tests that they use but many of them will be toy or play based, solving riddles or puzzles. Others will ask him to follow directions like "put the blue ball into the box". Then there will be things like looking at pictures to find the ones the tester says, or listening to short stories and answering questions about what happened or who felt what emotion and why.

There is no penalty or punishment for getting questions wrong or struggling with something, the tester will simply move on. But your son may think that there will be a problem if he can't do something.

Have you tried doing some simple no-stress testing/quizzing with him at home? It might help for you to do some role play with him. We don't know how old your son is but it also might help for you to write a short simple social story for him about the testing, including information on what will happen, what might happen, how he might feel, and what he can do.

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There are many different types of tests that they use but many of them will be toy or play based, solving riddles or puzzles. Others will ask him to follow directions like "put the blue ball into the box". Then there will be things like looking at pictures to find the ones the tester says, or listening to short stories and answering questions about what happened or who felt what emotion and why.
It depends on the age and over all functioning of the child. This isn't what my DDs recent eval was like, but she's 13 and gifted. She also had reading, math, vocab, etc. Some of it was very school like.

Part of what they were doing was testing her IQ in 6 different areas to see the range in IQ scores and the pattern. The pattern of her highs and lows is textbook for someone with Asperger's.

Still, she liked it!

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I'm sorry. He's 7 and is very anxiety prone.

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