I was asking a question in another thread and it was suggested that I start this topic. I have since found out with a little internet research that if you have a gifted child with learning disabilities that the term is twice exceptional. Hoping that is right but even if it is not, I would prefer not to get into a debate about correct terminology.
My story so far is that my very bright daughter who is in 3rd grade and has never been to school was starting to have problems in math and reading in second grade. She couldn't remember times tables and would have periods where she seemed to forget everything. At the same time, she would be able to explain advanced concepts to my seemingly by intuition. Last year, I changed her over to All About Spelling and Reading which helped a great deal. I decided to redo second grade for those subjects since she didn't seem to understand decoding that well from her previous books. AAS/AAR's multisensory technique and building worked for her so I feel that we are getting on track there.
We are using Singapore math and she just finished 4A last week. She has superior conceptual math understanding especially with word problems but often gets the arithmetic wrong. We have added Exploring Numbers through Dot Patterns. They recommended at the meeting that I let her use an adding machine for the Singapore math portion of our day.
The testing she had done by the state was finished this month and our team meeting was last Weds. It was two hours. The test results were discussed, she was determined to have dyslexia and dyscalculia and that she was a gifted student as well. They offered her speech therapy specifically targeting sh, ch, and blends. They also will give her 30 min of special education resources without really having a plan of what that means yet. If I could come up with some suggestions for them, I think they would be happy to have them.
It was through looking at articles on the internet that I found out that I should not overlook the gifted part of the assessment. I will have to ask the tester to be more specific about what she is gifted in and how dyslexic she is. There really wasn't enough time at the meeting. She did mention that she had a hard time quantifying my daughter's test results because of her gifts. Please don't ask me what that means because I do not know.
I can see that there is a lot of help for dyslexia, less so for dyscalculia, and I am assuming for gifted children but what do you do when they are altogether?
Opening this thread up for general discussion and not necessarily for my child alone. I still need time to learn more and process this better than I have.
30 minutes per day or per week or ????
Generally school district help is given where a child is not up to a certain benchmark in a certain area. It sounds like your daughter isn't at expected level for certain speech sounds so they can help for that and at the same time can give her some other resource help.
I'm surprised that your school district was specifically able to tell you she had dyslexia and dyscalculia at all. Ours was not able to use those terms per se. Giftedness as determined by a school district in my experience relates to scores on IQ ("intelligence") tests. Scores in certain ranges count as "gifted". Your daughter could have many gifts that are not even looked at in such testing, for example, artistic gifts, or a gift with animals would not even be considered. My own sense is that it is easier to tell areas of giftedness by observing the child than by looking at test results.
If AAR/AAS are working for her, personally, I'd doubt that she is extremely dyslexic. And if she is a 3rd grader doing Singapore math 4, I'd doubt that she is extremely dyscalculic. Though very high intelligence can sometimes cover up a fair degree of either.
When my son got help like that at local school, we got some use of computer lab since we do not have good internet access from home--this allowed him to work on talkingfingers.com, KhanAcademy, and other resources we could not access from home. We also got school library privileges as homeschoolers. And my son got 30 minutes of extra reading and writing help Monday to Friday in small groups in the resource room. This help ended once he reached a remediated benchmark level as compared to his grade--not as compared to what his own personal best might perhaps be.
From things you have said it sounds like your budget for materials is very limited, so you might be able to get help by having school books and other materials be able to come home, maybe school library privileges, etc. You can look around and see what they have that might be of help and then ask about it. If there is an area where she needs help on math or reading or writing, especially that is hard for you to do at home for whatever reason, or just where a different approach might be useful, she might be able to get some help with that.
You might also get to observe what teachers are doing at around her level in classes and may find useful ideas from that to use at home--websites, books, projects, things other kids her age seem to get into and soar with. We found a bunch of things this way. My son also got to join anything special happening when he was around the school for his special education time, such as visiting musicians, or that sort of thing.
If the people at the school can certify your daughter as dyslexic so as to qualify for Bookshare and/or Learning Ally for audio book help, that might be extremely useful. I did not try for that at the time and realized in retrospect that I probably should have done.
If you can have a good working relationship with the people there so as to perhaps get help from them informally even if your daughter places out of the official need for help that would be good. In our case, my son is now in high school in the district where he was getting concurrent special ed help in 3rd grade, and having a good relationship with his then special ed teacher has continued to be beneficial.
In my experience, special ed resource rooms are not particularly designed to help with giftedness areas, and homeschool (or afterschooling) tends to be much better at dealing with providing help for areas where a child is gifted. But you could ask if she qualifies for Talented and Gifted (different names in different places exist) programs and what might be available.
Help that can be given in special ed resource rooms can be quite broad, in my experience, including things like working on self-control of emotions, or penmanship, or coordination, or study skills, or, or, or.... So, consider what might help your daughter, and see if they have any ideas.