G: Mom, why don’t you blog about my testing.
Mom: Okay. How was the testing? What did you do first?
G: I forget! Oh, they asked me which hand I wrote with and which hand I used for my fork and which hand I hold a spoon in. I was mostly right-handed but I was in between right and left for some things.
Mom: Did they ask if your parents were right or left-handed?
G: Ask Dad because he had fill out a packet.
Mom: Then what?
G: She [The technical research assistant] took me to a room. There was a board with numbers placed randomly. I had to connect the numbers in order. Then I did the same with the alphabet and then I had to put numbers and letters together – like 1A, 2B. It was difficult. That took a while.
G: We did regular testing like I’ve had at school. I had to read words. I had to tell her a sentence for what the person was doing in a picture.
Mom: How long did that take?
G: That took a while. There were many different things.
Mom: Then what?
G:I had to spit in a cup.
Mom: Did she tell you why you had to do this?
Mom: She didn’t say anything about it? Did you know what it was for?
G: Yes, DNA.
Mom: How did you know that? [Dad interjected at this point saying the research assistant had explained the spit was for DNA when they arrived for the testing.]
G: She told me she got spat on by tons of five year olds. She gave me an easy story to read. I read it and she timed me. At the beginning I had to read as many words as I could.
R; How well did you do?
G: Pretty good. I also had to answer yes and no questions. I got them mixed up.
Mom: What do you mean?
G: Does March come before June?
Mom: Does… you got that wrong?
G: Yes, it was confusing.
Mom: That’s fine. Was that the end?
G: No, then I read a harder story and filled out questions. The stories kept getting harder.
Mom: How many stories?
G: I did about five. The last story was full of words I didn’t know so I couldn’t answer the questions. I guessed.
Mom: Was that the end?
G: Yes, I got paid $50, which you still owe me. [Payment was in the form of Border’s gift cards. We, as parents, have agreed to give cash in exchange for the gift cards.]
Mom: What did she say at the end?
G: Good job.