Neurological Deficits Prevent FAS Child From Functioning at IQ Level
After the public school tested my daughter’s IQ and pronounced her to be of average intelligence and capable of doing regular eight grade school work, we pursued private testing. I explained to the psychologist that the school said my daughter can do eighth grade work and does not need services. However, at 15 she is failing fifth grade work, even though she is given three attempts to pass it. The psychologist suggested that he test her for neurological deficits that may be preventing her from functioning at her IQ level.
My daughter has FAS. She has functioned below her chronological age since we first met her when she was four. When she came to live with us as a foster child, she couldn’t run, jump, speak intelligibly, use the toilet, or control herself. We adopted her at the age of six. While she attended public school, beginning at age four, she received speech and occupational therapy, as well as special education services. In fourth grade, the public school had her reading and spelling single syllable words and multiplying single digits. According to her IEP, she was cognitively impaired with an IQ in the 60s. Now, how do you go from that to a normal IQ and grade level schoolwork?
Yesterday, I had an opportunity to discuss the results of the testing with the psychologist. He confirmed that my daughter does have a low-average IQ now, I suppose thanks to four years of homeschool. However, the tests revealed severe neurological deficits. He explained that this adversely affects her short-term memory, concentration, and ability to process information. That of course, explains her inability to understand questions in her homework that seem simple to others. It also explains why she struggles daily with functioning.
I explained that she was taking 15mg of Zyprexa, 60mg of Straterra, and 20mg of Focalin to help her concentrate. So he dropped the bombshell, that at 15, she is probably at her optimum functioning level. At least with this documentation we may be able to seek guardianship of her when she reaches 18. With her inability to process decisions before making them, the world could be a very dangerous place for her. She sometimes steals, lies, and does whatever anyone tells her to do. She has also destroyed things,