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Low Cognition

My 10 year old son had ADHD and is on medication.  Also, after his most recent neuropsych evaluation, it was determined that he has a fairly low IQ, around 78, which is borderline.  The doctor said he performs appropriately for his cognitive ability, which means he doesn’t necessarily have a learning disability, he just is a slow learner.
I am having a lot of difficulty understanding what low cognition is; what can be worked on, what I can expect from him, etc.
Does anyone have any ideas on where I can find information on this or what types of agencies are knowledgeable about this topic? tx

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What kind of test did he run to determine what your son is weak on? When you get that information, then work on his weaknesses. Theres a great site for kids to keep their attention called abcya.com and turtlediary.com

Posted by vabronxboogie on Nov 08, 2013 at 11:03pm

I am also in a similar situation my 10 year old also has a borderline IQ score. I found this website quite useful in answering some of the questions that I had.
http://www.do2learn.org/disabilities/CharacteristicsAndStrategies/IntellectualDisability_Characteristics.html

I hope it helps you as well

Posted by Makhosi on Nov 11, 2013 at 4:04pm

There’s an Expert Q & A over on ADDitudeMag.com on whether ADHD is a behavioral disorder or a cognitive disorder. You can read Dr. Thomas Brown’s explanation here: http://www.additudemag.com/q&a/ask_the_add_medical_expert/7228.html.

I have also found http://LD.org to be a great resource on other learning disabilities, the category your child’s low IQ would fall into.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Nov 11, 2013 at 7:38pm

Thank you all for the wonderful information.

Posted by raeinnyc on Nov 11, 2013 at 10:10pm

Neurofeedback is the best approach I have seen to improving cognitive function and is a very powerful tool to actually change the structure and function of the brain by building inhibitory networks and increasing connectivity between hemispheres.  It is usually a “slow wave” problem which can often be activated very nicely.

My two sons improved significantly with NFB, something meds could never do. 

drmomx5, and add doc.

Posted by drmomx5 on Nov 14, 2013 at 1:54am

drmomx5; did you use a specific company or product?  I am not familiar with NFB. Tx

Posted by raeinnyc on Nov 14, 2013 at 2:10am

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