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  1. Oh, and the Belly Breathing technique is what we were taught to use. We were supposed to practice every day, but you know how things have been going lately. 😝 Hopefully I can coach her when she needs it.
  2. Her O2 doesn’t seem low with VCD, only the asthma. Albuterol doesn’t touch the VCD, just helps the lungs. The hospital SLP* taught it to us - breathe in for 3 counts, then puff small breaths out in a count of 1, 2, 3. It’s probably easier to watch, lol!
  3. Dd9 has VCD and asthma, and that’s exactly how she describes VCD - hard to get air in. For her, it’s also related to anxiety, but it can act up with environmental triggers. For what it’s worth, her pulmonary dr advised us to use an inhaler if we can’t tell the difference; if the coughing stops and breathing improves, it was asthma. The only effective technique for VCD, they said, was a breathing pattern to relax the vocal cords. I would vote to try the O2 monitor and peak flow meter and see what you get. Then try the “rescue” inhaler. I don’t think it would hurt to try those before moving on to the other options. I definitely think scar tissue can play a part, btw, but I’m sure a doc would know more about that.
  4. Just a quick correction, I’m not considering live online classes for dd9. I am considering them for dd12. Dd9 asked if she could have streaming video classes (like ABeka Academy). Obviously, she’s 9, and her desires change, so I’m not letting her decide it all. PeterPan has asked somewhere about the other kids and possible Team help. Well, dd2 is stuck like glue to me. 😆 Ds is 5 and needs maybe an hour of 1:1 for “school”, but is always talking or making noises (he has a great imagination). So that leaves dd9 and dd12 for me to manage in the midst of littles. I don’t have a “team”. Grandparents is another state, very few connections at church. Our pediatrician is amazing, and is very flexible with referring us out, etc. Dh has a very busy job that bleeds into nights and weekends. I’ve come to be okay with doing it all myself, being our own little island. But I can see we need some extra people in our corner, so I’m trying to figure out how to find them. There is so much packed into all these responses. I’m going to take some time to reflect on it all, and come back later for more. Thanks!
  5. Thank you so much ladies for helping me to think. My dd is caring, empathetic, intelligent, a hard worker (when the task is familiar, like baking or cleaning), and compassionate! She is reserved and shy, but not with friends and family. She is always asking “what are we doing tomorrow or next or ___?” and she resists transitions, whether it be a new spelling book or the end of a vacation. She has a low flashpoint for frustration, whether a project that has gone wrong or a math page that isn’t correct. This winter was especially hard for her physically and mentally, so I didn’t push school work - I was happy if she ate and didn’t have a meltdown and came out of her room a little. But her underlying learning challenges, whatever they may be, were there previous to her crisis, so I know we have to try to help those. Her outlook on life is brighter these days, and she is making progress. We have just lost so much academically that I am at a loss of how to move forward, especially now, when she doesn’t want to let me teach her. Maybe she will work out of that mindset, too?
  6. an out-sourced year for 7/8th grade that isn’t B&M school, what would you go with? I really want to work with dd12 one-on-one, but have a high needs dd9 and a K’er and toddler to contend with. Dd12 wants to stay in homeschool. We are considering ALL live online classes for dd12, but are unsure of her ability to keep up with them. She has the smarts, but she is flighty and somewhat disorganized in keeping a schedule. I started a thread asking for experience with Veritas for everything, but no one answered 😂 so I guess it’s not used much in these parts.
  7. Is the Diane Craft Foundations package worth the investment? I need to be able to help Dd without dragging her to appts. (She refuses to go to any drs appts anymore - too many this past winter.) We still don’t know the root cause of Dd’s learning issues. I hoped VT would help, but she refuses to go back. OT did amazing things for her handwriting and she loved them. Right now she is academically stalled - basically has refused to do much/any school since January. She thinks she wants to attend school this fall, or watch online video courses. I have no idea what her skill level is! Any recommendations on quick testing to find out? And is it usual to start with a pediatrician to get a referral for learning challenges testing? Or can I call a school district? Or start with a psychologist? Thanks!
  8. I am looking for any experiences with Veritas Press live online classes, or self-paced. They are offering complete packages, which are a mix of live/self-paced. I’d like to know any pros/cons! We are evaluating whether to enroll our 13 year old, possibly the 10 year old. https://veritaspress.com/choose-your-curriculum?utm_campaign=April Complete Grade Level Package Campaign Email %233 (HHTiir)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=All Active Profiles - Klaviyo&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJrZWxseWN1bm5AZ21haWwuY29tIiwgImtsX2NvbXBhbnlfaWQiOiAiUGVoRVRGIn0%3D#grade-anchor
  9. I am looking for any experiences with Veritas Press live online classes, or self-paced. They are offering complete packages, which are a mix of live/self-paced. I’d like to know any pros/cons! We are evaluating whether to enroll our 13 year old, possibly the 10 year old. https://veritaspress.com/choose-your-curriculum?utm_campaign=April Complete Grade Level Package Campaign Email %233 (HHTiir)&utm_medium=email&utm_source=All Active Profiles - Klaviyo&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJrZWxseWN1bm5AZ21haWwuY29tIiwgImtsX2NvbXBhbnlfaWQiOiAiUGVoRVRGIn0%3D#grade-anchor
  10. Thanks for all the opinions and discussion. We are going to take our own seats, so it will be more to travel with, but I’ll be more relaxed! We will be driving for hours and hours back and forth across the state visiting family - and traffic can be very heavy, so it’s worth the trouble. 😀
  11. Grandparents have two forward-facing car seats from 5+ years ago. Cosco and Evenflo brand. They have been stored in an outside shed (in FL). My dc are 5yo (41lbs) and 2yo (21lbs). 2yo still faces backwards at home. We can fly with our rear-facing seat, but it may not fit in their vehicle. Grandparents do not often have children stay with them (sometimes my nephew uses a car seat when there), and they think it's silly to buy new seats. Would you buy new car seats for the grandparents house?
  12. Without medication? We are trying to get a psychiatrist, but it’s trickier than it seems. In the meantime, I need other ways to reduce anxiety. This child lives at a “4-5” on a 1-10 scale pretty consistently nowadays.
  13. Right Now Media? We have access through our church and through This Old Schoolhouse membership. It has a ton of videos for kids. What’s in the Bible, Gospel Project, veggie tales, etc.
  14. I have to play too! So funny!
  15. Dd9 doesn’t like to write. This year we’ve limped through W&R Fable. She will say the answers orally; she hates the act of writing. She enjoys listening to the fables. The exercises of summary or expansion are difficult because she doesn’t always know what to say. (She may have some other learning challenges going on but they haven’t been defined yet, maybe inattention or auditory processing.) What level of WWE would I start with? If you have used WWE, do you think it would be a good fit?
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