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Hello, I believe I can help you with your question. I am assuming that your son was given the WISC-IV based on your use of the subtest Matrix Reasoning. Matrix Reasoning is involved in the nonverbal abstract reasoning, inductive reasoning (making broad generalization to denote a conclusion and/or pattern of behavior), and spatial reasoning (ability to solve problems by manipulating 2D or 3D objects in one’s mind). So Matrix Reasoning is important when trying to solve new problems and that have never been seen before, such as involved in math, chemistry, geometry, physics, etc…This test is highly dependent on abstract ability of learning as well, but remember it is only one test as your son did
well on other abstract tests too, so it is possible his struggle is not involved with spatial reasoning or abstract learning, but just with the Matrix Reasoning itself. The WISC-IV and all other IQ tests cannot tell you how an individual will perform socially though, it is only designed to measure a person’s cognitive abilities.
As for how to help your son’s behavioral issues and to follow rules, you should employ methods of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help him learn better control of his thought process and to not react on instinct or react before thinking. CBT has a premise that your symptoms are caused by negative thoughts, so if we change your thought process to be more positive and objective, then your symptoms will lessen as well. So for your son, you would want him to confront with these negative and cognitive distortions and work on changing his thought process to be more objective. It would be wise for him to undergo individual CBT therapy with a developmental psychologist so that he can learn and practice these techniques, and to help develop a good parenting plan as well. Here is a sample of CBT technique if you wanted to learn more about it:
So this link may help him, it contains a technique I use with patients called a thought record. It will help him keep track of any negative thoughts he may have. He puts the negative thought on paper, the emotion accompanying, the evidence to support it, and the evidence against it. Then I want him to come up with an alternative thought for the situation (more objective and plausible). This will help him change his way of thinking to be able to think more positive and not automatically go to a negative type of thinking.
I hope this answers your questions and gives you some guidance on this issue. I truly wish you and your son all the best moving forward, and I hope his behavior gets better very soon. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as I am happy to assist and support you regarding this issue.
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