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Low IQ in a 14 year old - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Growth and Development in Children
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User :   My 14 year old daughter (I adopted out of foster care) has an IQ ranging from 55-81 (two tests were in the 50's) she is also very immature and just plain silly, very awkward, cannot ride a bike - knows no money - cannot tell time ... what else could be wrong with her and what type of doctor should I see?                              
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   Yes she does have a lower IQ
Doctor :   You can take her to a Psychiatrist
Doctor :   for further evaluation
User :   Not a neurologist
Doctor :   OK ,let me know few more details, then I shall tell you
Doctor :   How about her school performance?
User :   She does not understand things when you tell her.
User :   She is in the 8th Grade reading on a 4th grade level - she is on 1st grade level for math - she has no short term memory
Doctor :   Is she tidy? Does she take care of herself?
User :   Yes very tidy and takes care of herself
Doctor :   Does she have a pet?
User :   We have family pets but she does not like to take care of them because she does not like to get her hands dirty
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   Its better to visit the Psychiatrist first
User :   Ok thank you
Doctor :   She needs further assessment from the psychiatrist
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