I know when some of you read the subject line, you'll think the answer is obvious. I've written about my difficult child and how she has numerous symptoms that I have been putting together over the past 2-3 years since my husband and I have had custody of her. But, all of the symptoms are so mild that they really are not hindering her functioning. She seems like a normal 10 year old, a little less mature than most of the other girls. She'll be in 5th grade next year and I've vowed to back off helping her so much with school work and I'm assuming that some of her processing issues will show themselves. She doesn't have any obvious, in your face symptoms and no negative behavior problems. Just stuff that drives me crazy - especially since it's summer break and I'm unemployed and we're around each other all day! Stuff like: Forgetting what things are called, talking incessantly, making the shortest story into a long saga with many distracting side thoughts, not following instructions, bringing up a totally different subject in the middle of a conversation, not replying to me when I ask her a question. How can a kid talk non-stop and then manage not to answer when someone asks her a question??? eeeeekkk!! Ok, so that's just a tired mom speaking. But, according to her school teachers, they thought she was a great kid and she has good grades and behavior at school. You may recall I posted a couple of weeks ago that she went for an EEG and the Dr diagnosed absence seizures/epilepsy. Next week she is going for an MRI and a 24 EEG. The MRI is because the seizures are partial brain, not whole brain as is typical with absence seiz. So, they're just going to rule out anything else going on. We will put her on medications for this. But, these seizures can't be the cause of all the other symptoms I've listed above, can they? The Dr didn't really confirm either way. So, I'm wondering: why do I need to spend the $2,000+ for a neuropsychologist evaluation? I doubt I will put her on medications while her symptoms are so mild. Is there some other route I can be going to learn to work with her? I know some of you suggested a form of Autism and I definitely see Sensory Perception issues (on 4th of July husband threw her a softball, flyball style and it hit her smack in the forehead) I'm open to suggestions from all of you.