My daughter had her neuropsychological evaluation part one today. Was good in that it confirmed most of what I thought. :-) She's quite smart and possibly has some attention / self regulation issues. Basically, she's a broad. The details are interesting, even if we don't have the full picture yet.
Today was interview and intelligence/cognitive skill testing. In two weeks attention/self regulation testing. The tests today measured 5 areas of "intelligence" and give a global score. She had uneven scores in the 5 areas, with some "above average but just short of gifted (which is top 2% of population) and one (analytical/reasoning) in which she scored "well above the gifted threshold". Don't know exact numbers, we'll get them in the final report in January I believe. She mentioned this because it helps explain other stuff we were telling her. She said most of the gifted scores she gets are of this heterogeneous variety as the homogeneous types tend to be even keel (not have issues that prompt parents to come in for an evaluation). She says the high analytical/reasoning score explains the existential type questions and concerns she constantly exhibits and can possibly also explain the character intensities (good and bad intensities that she exhibits). Some kids like this (with higher range scores in one/more area) will have "overexcitabilities" and basically be very sensitive to/process differently some kinds of sensory input -which can overwhelm them and which they have difficulty controlling. During testing, she also picked up on nervousness (even when she wasn't having difficulty) and some fidgetiness. I think this is also right and the difficulty will be distinguishing what comes from anxiety, what comes from oversensitivity and what comes from a neurological deficit in self regulation. The tests in two weeks should give more clarity on this.
Basically, generally smart girl with however an imbalance in ability as the reasoning/analytical side dominates the others and that can lead to weirdo behaviour (I believe I may have exhibited some of that propensity towards over-analysis/existential concerns on this very site -I think I'm quite similar to her). However, she also has real impulsivity and self-regulation issues. Hard to tell if it is from a neurological cause as she also is anxious and is very sensitive (which may cause similar behaviour). Next tests should tell this appart better. I personally (based in part on my own self), think there is some level of neurological weakness in self regulation that is masked by being generally smart and that tension may cause some anxiety/self-doubt.
Also meet this fascinating kid there. Mom was very nice from the same neighbourhood as us (must be something in the air) and we chatted quite a bit. Her kid (who I think is clearly autistic) is obsessed by electricity and plumbing. He's 5. That's all he thinks about. He constantly takes all toys and other home electronics appart and puts them back together. He builds water pumps, lifts and other devices. Saw it in action. Kid, that has very little visual contact with people and seems very reclusive, went to the bathroom and I heard him commenting on the plumping and electrical wiring in the ceiling. A 5 year old. Obsessed by plumbing and electricity. Yeah.