By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
Q: I have a son, 7 years old. He is now in
Primary one. His IQ test score on The Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test,
overall IQ 122, verbal IQ 104, and non-verbal IQ 133.
The problem now is he struggles with writing and reading, he is probably
dyslexic, the doctor said.
Lately, he won't go to school, he prefers stay at home playing with his
legos and clays. He likes watching YouTube on how to make something.
His psychologist said he is good at visual spatial-relations. My
question is what should we do to make him learn something match with his
learning style. How about the school? Is he not fit with the curriculum?
Thank you for giving the answer.
From the test results, it is hard to tell if there is a learning issue
here. Your son did score in the upper range of the The Kaufman Brief
Intelligence Test. Briefly, the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (Second
Edition) or K-BIT 2 is used to measure verbal and nonverbal cognitive
ability. It is used to obtain a quick estimate of intelligence, estimate
an individual's verbal versus nonverbal intelligence and/or to screen to
identify students who may benefit from enrichment or gifted programs.
Additionally, this test is also able to identify high-risk children
through large-scale screening who may require a more comprehensive
evaluation. So, briefly, it serves the purpose to provide a relatively
quick and seemingly accurate estimate of abilities; and to identify
students who may benefit from gifted or enrichment programs.
Based on a mean of 100 and standard deviation of 15, your son scored
above average (about 85-115 should be within the average range on a bell
curve) for the K-BIT-2. This indicates high abilities, especially for
verbal IQ. However, studies have suggested that caution against using
the K-BIT exclusively for placement and diagnostic purposes with young
children with reading disabilities if IQ scores are required.
My suggestion is that a diagnosis be made to confirm any learning
disabilities. If your son has dyslexia, there are intervention
programmes that are very useful and helpful. If there is no intervention
when the child is still young, it may get worse as the child would be
struggling in the classroom. Only when a learning disability has been
confirmed or rules out, learning match can be suggested. You may need to
see an educational psychologist to help you make that decision.
All the best to you.