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  1. Yes, they did the ADOS. However, she said if in a few years he doesn’t improve on ADHD meds, SCD would be considered. I just don’t like the diagnosis because it only mentions social, when he struggles in all of the areas, just less so. After a Skype call with his grandparents last weekend, he had a meltdown and was out of sorts for a whole day. SCD just doesn’t seem to include stuff like that. And he does have repetitive behavior, interests....though improved on medication. I’ve kind of given up on an accurate diagnosis.
  2. Thanks for sharing. It helps to hear especially that there is another challenging child out there that does not fit clearly into one diagnosis! This is supposed to be true and it may be. My friend who was a school psychologist says in practice it is not true...and the diagnostic criteria is slightly different and does exclude a few children. There is a teenager I know who is a classic "Aspie" (walks on his toes even) and his diagnosis is "Social Communication Disorder." I think some psychologists are biased and do not want to give the diagnosis of autism to a very high-functioning child. My son's report even says as much. It actually says something like "the diagnosis of autism is reserved for those with severe communication challenges." That would exclude many with Aspergers. I'm not saying my son is for sure on the spectrum....I'm not sure.
  3. Okay, so I just got Rod & Staff English 3 in the mail. It looks great from what I can tell. I looked at the 5 unit tests and he will definitely learn/practice a lot this year. I think the reason why CLE seems more advanced is because it is spiral and the lessons are super long, plus it includes handwriting and spelling. CLE L.A. is a bit tedious. Rod & Staff lessons are just shorter with less review it seems. But I think it will be a good change!
  4. I thought that article was really interesting....It does make sense now to me why some people are diagnosed with "sensory processing disorder" and not autism. I still do think there can be a spectrum within autism. Some people can have challenges in all of those areas, but to a lesser degree than someone else. But it is a helpful article, to realize that just because someone is sensitive to sound, for example, it might just mean that and nothing more. My son definitely has all of those issues she mentioned, but not enough for a diagnosis at this time I guess. In all honestly, as a young girl, I think I had trouble in all of those issues as well. I can't figure out if it is a genetic social delay or what, because you couldn't really tell now. (Well, I haven't polled the public on that though....). Interesting article...Thanks for sharing!
  5. Thanks....I ended up getting Rod and Staff 3. Even though CLE is spiral, it can still feel repetitive because the format is always the same more or less. We could both use a break. We can always do the 2nd semester of CLE this year if we have had a long enough break. He definitely needs to be accelerated to 3rd grade for Language Arts, at least in what is being covered. But I am not giving him a 3rd grade workload. Writing is the area in which is he is most accelerated of all areas, so we are going to give CAP Fable a try. His "writing for fun" is seriously legit writing. (But I don't edit it of course.) It's one of his "special interests." (Since we are Russian Orthodox, the style of Rod & Staff/CLE is appealing, but BJU is not really our style, even if the educational content is great)
  6. I get the Bravewriter thing. I spent a while on the website because a friend of mine was raving about it, but it is definitely not for me. If there is a curriculum that I try with my son that I really don't like teaching, I just give it to him to put in his room for whenever he feels like doing it, and then we will do something else for our formal school time. I hope you get the rest you need this summer.
  7. True....but its feels good to know you are at least making an effort right? And there's always the miracle of the loaves and fishes. I'm sure food could possibly multiply in the future, if we faithfully bring a few loaves and fishes. I'm not familiar with what this is about...
  8. Interesting. When we move to the forest, we will still be TWENTY minutes from downtown : )
  9. I won't post the links because it would be too inflammatory...but if you are interested, go to LifeSiteNews and search for "canada law school." I'm not saying it is happening now, I'm saying it could happen...since we are talking about the future in this post. I'm not an Evangelical Christian - I am Russian Orthodox. Trust me, where I live, I don't get lumped in with evangelicals. (I'm sure my kids would have more friends if that were the case.) In the forest, you can learn to do things like hunt rabbits and make rabbit stew : ) Plant a garden, etc. We have a lot to learn. At some point in the last days, Christians won't be able to participate in the economy or buy and sell food without accepting the "mark of the beast' which hopefully most will decline. Its not something often talked about, but its not hard to believe it could happen in my lifetime or my child's. Then again, if it doesn't, the forest is still beautiful.
  10. Really interesting conversation...I have thoughts about the future as well. While significant weather events, whether related to climate change or not, are likely to happen going forward (as prophesied in the book of Revelation), the main thing that concerns me is whether or not college will be a safe place for my children when they grow up. I know there are different viewpoints on this board, but a province in Canada has gone so far as to say that law students from a certain Christian school there no longer have accredited degrees or no longer can get an accredited degree there (I'm not sure which) because of their religious beliefs. How long until that happens in America? Or to go to college you have to sign something that conflicts with your beliefs? That's the kind of thing that worries me....Part of why we are moving to the forest this year. (Hope to get some real skills out there...) Every generation thinks the world might end, but we have some pretty good reasons to think we might be counting down the remaining decades. Seriously, look up 5G and all the controversy surrounding it. Then again, who knows. On another note, we educate to instill virtue, teach them about God and the world He made, provide our children the tools to see through propaganda, provide them with tools to bring others to the Truth, and to not fall victim to groupthink. Getting a job in the future in not really part of it in the end, but hey, things could turn around and we do want them to be qualified for the workforce as well. Also, there is no reason to feel burdened or afraid if you are on the right path. "When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption in drawing near." Luke 21:28.
  11. We did most of it I believe. In the Rod & Staff 2 I have, it is 3 to 4 pages a lesson. The first page is filling in the beehive (which my son really didn't like doing) and then the fourth page was sometimes an extra activity. I'm not really considering Rod & Staff again as a main math program. We haven't used it for 1.5 years other than a few review worksheets. We didn't stop doing it because it was hard, but because he really didn't enjoy it and he dreaded math, when its usually something he likes and/or tolerates.
  12. It was the beginning of Rod & Staff 2...very effective, but my son dreaded it and I felt the need to switch. In talking to my son, I think that he just really wants a summer break from math. He wants to do review math and some enrichment...I get it. We do "homeschool summer school" (much less work than usual) and he just wants a change for summer. There is a chance CLE may still be the right thing for us when August comes around. I am having him work through the Placement Test on Mammoth Math for after Grade 2 and he says he likes it . I agree its not good to switch around math curriculums, but I'm wondering if I should slow him down a bit and let him go "deeper in math" by letter him working on Mammoth Math Grade 3, and then maybe back to CLE if we want. Otherwise, he will be at CLE Grade 4 by November or so. I'm not a huge fan of Beast Academy (its not something I would enjoy teaching, but he does have one of the books and answer keys he can look at in his own time) and Singapore might require a bit too much supplementing. He is gifted, but also has severe ADHD ("severe, severe" according to the psychologist), so he really needs a combo of spiral and mastery, and needs his curriculum changed up every now and then so as to not get bored. He was asking today to do Mammoth Math next year. We have Mammoth Math 1 so he is familiar with it. I had to set it aside because when I got it he was too young for the style, but he still likes to look at it sometimes. Thats why I'm wondering if he's ready to make a switch. This is a small thing but I'm starting to wonder if the small incremental teaching style of CLE is not keeping his interest. For example, the last few last units have taught a bunch of new things, including mixed numbers and converting them to decimals. But outside of the CLE format, I wonder if he understands why this happens or would recognize what to do. He's just memorizing, when I see the problem written like this, I do this....which I get is important too. (And because of the ADHD....he is not actually listening to me when I try to teach him something, it needs to be in the book somehow.) The thing I love about CLE is the spiral, and it includes every topic it seems...the only thing he has started to forget is how to tell time..they don't include that enough anymore. I would need to supplement with pretty much every curriculum except CLE.
  13. So I gave my son the Grade 3 placement test for Rod & Staff English and he started crying on the second question. So its safe to say I had overestimated his grammar abilities! Definitely not ordering Grade 4 Lol. My son is 2e so sometimes I overestimate his ability and forget to factor in his struggle with working memory, and that he easily forgets things he has learned if he hasn't seen them in while.
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