Update on Logan – Psycometry Results

Wow, my blogging is becoming more sporadic than ever. I need to get back into it. Ok, this is the next part of Logan’s story. Here we go.

At our visit to the doctor, he recommended we first have a psycometry done for Logan. I had never heard of one and had no idea what it was or what to expect. We were able to get an appointment for the next afternoon, and Logan and I headed off to the other end of town.

As it turns out, it was basically a mental skils exam, done verbally. First the doctor got details from me about Logan, beginning with his birth and covering most of what I talked about in this post. Then she spent over an hour asking Logan questions, mainly having to do with memory and recall, storytelling and so on. He did well considering the appointment was during his nap time and he was tired.

Once he was done, we waited to talk with the head doctor of the center and he fell asleep on my lap. I can’t remember the last time that happened. It felt funny cause he is so big. I even had to carry him into the office and he slept through my meeting with the doctor. She told me that I shouldn’t worry to much about the ADHD because it is possible for him to outgrow it.

After a week we got the results of the test. While his physical age is 4 years, 8 months, the test put his mental age at 5 years, 4 months! Wow! He has no problems there. It also showed that, while he did have developmental delays with his gross motor skills, he has caught up. The main thing we have to focus on now is his behavioral development and getting him to calm down and not be so hyper. This the doctors hope to accomplish through physiotherapy.

Tomorrow we have a meeting with yet another doctor, one who specializes in ADHD.  From there we will take the next steps.

And some good news: we found a new school for Logan. Yes! This particular school combines Early Learning methods with Montessori methods, making for a rather unique-to-India educational approach. But we feel Logan will do well there because he won’t be required to sit at a table for long hours. The director was personable and made me feel like she was genuinely interested in helping Logan make progress. She was impressed that he is already reading, and, since they are already working on cursive, she has offered to give him some one-on-one help so he can catch up to his class. The class is small, only 5 students, and Logan makes 6, but that means more personal attention. He starts monday.

So that is your update for now. There will be more soon when we know what the next step is.

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Update on Logan – Visting the Doctor

Thank you, everyone, for your concern and prayers for Logan. Having that kind of support is just what I needed and made it easier for me to proceed.

Yesterday we went to see the specialist. First Glad was going to go alone with Logan, but I felt I needed to be there since I am with him most of the time, so we all ended up going. We got there early to get in line since, like with most doctors here, there was no actual appointment time but it is first come, first serve. As it was we had to wait over an hour for our turn.

I was well-prepared with stuff to occupy the kids since I knew this would not be a child-friendly place. They sat on the benches and looked at books, then had a snack, listened to daddy’s 1-minute stories, ran around the waiting area (since they had missed their trip to the park), and found another child to play with. They danced and sang till I finally pulled out my backup activity – paper and crayons. Then they all (the other boy included) sat and drew, or had daddy draw for them, until it was time to go in.

We 5 crammed into the tiny office but the doctor’s first request, after greeting Logan, was that Glad take the kids out since he felt we shouldn’t discuss¬†Logan in front of him. I hadn’t expected that but was impressed by this doctor’s consideration for Logan’s feelings.

I had a fairly long talk with him, laying out most of what I wrote in the last post. I began with his prematurity and motor skill delays, then his behavior and how he wasn’t able to stay in school. He mostly listened as I tried to remember all the pertinent stuff, then he asked some questions. His professional diagnoses is that Logan has ADHD, not autism. I asked about the difference since so many of the things Logan does pointed to autism. He said that an autistic child won’t interact with you directly, but when Logan came in he shook hands and greeted the doctor, so autism is not a concern. Whew!

So now we have to go to another doctor to get a psycometry done, whatever that is. Then we bring the results back and plan how to proceed in treating his behavior. They want to put together things we can do at home to help calm him down and control his behavior; medication being a last resort. We don’t want to medicate him if it can be avoided.

This doctor also gave us the name of a school that deals with children with these kinds of difficulties, and it just happens to be in our neighborhood. We’ll be visiting them too.

So that is how things stand now. More updates will come as we find out more. If anyone knows first-hand about dealing with ADHD or if you can direct me to some specific info on it, I’d appreciate it.

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