Book: Driven to Distraction

Discussion in 'General Parenting' started by Jules71, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. Jules71

    Jules71 Warrior Mom since 2007

    Anyone read it? It is from 1995 so might be outdated - but there is a part in the book that says:

    "There are also psychological tests that can provide additional evidence in making a diagnosis. Certain subtests of the WISC (Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children)- a standard test for children-may suggest ADD. Typically, the subscores for digit span, arithmetic, and coding are low in ADD. Additionally, there is often a wide split between what is called the verbal subscore and what is called the performance subscore."

    Do you think this is still true? Do you think this is most often the case? I don't recall ever reading this before.

    Do you think you could look at any intelligence test and expect to see a wide split between the verbal and performance subscores in people with ADHD?
  2. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    That strikes me more like Asperger's or NonVerbal Learning Disorder (NVLD).
  3. Jules71

    Jules71 Warrior Mom since 2007

    I just googled it to see if I could find more info and here is something interesting

  4. smallworld

    smallworld Moderator

    The WISC has been completely revamped since that version of Driven to Distraction was written. There are now four index scores -- Perceptual Reasoning, Verbal Comprehension, Working Memory and Processing Speed -- instead of two subscores -- Verbal and Performance -- that make up the full-scale IQ score. In addition, the arithmetic subtest is no longer one of the tests that is used for WISC scoring. Furthermore, I don't believe the WISC should be used to suggest diagnoses because it is only one test of cognitive potential, and even it has its limitations.

    Interestingly, my son's first diagnosis at age 9 was ADHD and anxiety, and he did have a spread between his Verbal and Performance IQ subscores. However, we now know his diagnosis was wrong. His current -- and I believe accurate -- diagnosis is mood disorder and mild Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). He does not have ADHD, although he is inattentive. And he does have deficits in working memory and processing speed.
  5. Jules71

    Jules71 Warrior Mom since 2007

    Very interesting stuff and I knew you would have good info SW! My son's verbal score is 129 and performance is 130 - I was mostly curious if that theory worked across the various IQ tests. My son is also very strong in math. I just really need to push forward with getting a neuropsychologist evaluation. The current psychiatrist and therapist aren't helping one tiny bit. That's for another thread I guess. Thanks!