An IQ in the low 70's is not mild cognitive impairment, it is a few points above mental retardation. This is most likely as much as he will progress.
That depends on a few different things: does he have an IEP? If so, what are the recommendations?
Is he doing well in school? If not, is there a place where he will get all his social/emotional/academic needs met?
What do his current teachers suggest?
What does he want?
It sounds like he should be in a school that works specifically with children with issues like his. I'd move him. He may not like the idea now, but it will be best for him in the long run.
EXCELLENT! Let me know how it goes and how else I can help along the way :-)
I am happy for all of you! I think he will do better - it may take some time for him to adjust - don't be surprised if he regresses for while, but then he will adjust.
One more question. For the summer, what type of tutoring would you suggest? What method?
If possible, I would skip the tutoring and send him to a camp that helps with social skills.
No problem - ask away!
When he was 5 he would have taken a different version of the IQ test than he did at his last one... that could account for the difference in scores- as they are different tests. Some experts in the field of testing discourage IQ tests being given multiple times as well - because the person has (1) seen it before and may become bored with it and (2) they say the subsequent scores on 1 version of the test are inaccurate. Just so you know that controversy exists.
Although his intellectual capacity may actually be changing, it will stabilize by the time he is 21.
21 is a good predictor of what he will be capable of for the rest of his life.
The other thing I wanted to mention is that if a multisensory approach is working for school - keep that the same for tutoring. Changing it may cause him to regress. Always go with what works ... keping change to a minimum.
In part, it's the nature of his impairment. He needs help if he is to progress, but without the right instruction, he may remain in this range.
It may also be the tests he's taking and it may be the person administering the test.
The test was the WISC-IV. He also had the peabody picture vocabulary test 4th edition. His score for that was:
percentile rank 12
age equivalency 9-11
Did this test show him at a higher function?
It's about equal to the IQ test.
Are you working with a Neuropsychologist?
Neuropsychologists are psychologists with highly specialized training in testing. You can call your State psychologist licensing board for referrals or see who advertises as being a neuropsychologist in your local yellow pages.
Okay! Keep me updated!