Late yesterday morning, I received a call from the neuropsychologist office. difficult child was scheduled for neuropsychologist consult and testing on March 2nd. There was a cancellation could I bring him in today? I was so excited. I packed a bag and we stayed at a hotel last night. That gave difficult child extra sleeping time and I wouldn't have to worry about traffic and slippery roads at 7:00 am for a 8:15 am appointment. (an hour drive with dry clear roads) The neurosych doctor was wonderful. He stated about 20 percent of kids who have ADD are able to pass the IRVA (is that the name of that test? - the one difficult child just had?) He stated that many kids with challenges do well until a "Shakesperean type" class comes along and they just can't not "fake it" any longer. They can no longer cover up their difficulties in learning. Like difficult child's Language teacher stating he is doing poorly because he "avoids reading". No concern as to why he avoids it. Just leaves it as is. I am going to find out why he is avoiding it - could it be he really can not comprehend reading? Is that why his comprehension scores are dropping? hmm - let's find out! I think this is so true with many middle and high school kids. However, because they did so well in elementary, parents, teachers, others often just feel that they are giving up on themselves - that they don't put enough effort into it. These kids don't know how to continue and really do need adults to look at why they are "giving up" - most likely because they can no longer cover up their challenges. If we find anything in difficult child, it will because I paid attention to his state testings and noticed what I think is a huge decline in comprehension. Teachers don't become concern with declines as long as the student is still within average range. I have a feeling that the middle school just looked at the 6th grade results not even trying to compare them with 5th grade. neuropsychologist doctor referred to difficult child's psychiatrist and therapist as the dynamic duo. Has great respect for their work. I had to fill out more forms and one teacher will need to complete some forms ASAP after Christmas break. difficult child went through 6.5 hours of testing today. We will get the results the end of January. I am really surprised at how excited I am about this.