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  1. 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. 😀
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. I have to play too! So funny!
  6. 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?
  7. Hmm, lots to think about. This is all new to me, so I’m not really sure what a language/reading or ADHD look like. re: the story. Dd tells me it is less confusing for her to listen to or read a story; she seems to follow the general flow of what is happening better. Although she still often stops me when we do read alouds. She thinks directions or facts confuse her more. She has not been tested by an audiologist. I know excellent SLPs. I just have to convince her primary to give us a referral.
  8. Okay, talk to me about auditory processing, please. Dd9 has always had trouble with comprehending written directions, read alouds, and needs to be walked through her school work with bite-sized instruction from me. She can follow story books somewhat better, but still has confusion often. She has been through vision therapy, and made tons of improvement. So I’m looking into auditory processing. Where does one start? What is the best way to improve this, if it is a contributing factor? What teaching methods work for content & skill subjects?
  9. These lists are priceless! Thank you for linking them!
  10. My mantra for January, and now February, has been “one day at a time” and “I’ll think about that tomorrow” and “today has enough trouble of its own”. Too much drama for this mama.
  11. I’ll check Psychology Today out. Thanks. She has Hashi’s hypothyroidism, so we are making sure her meds are okay this week. I found a place that seemed great, the therapist had a daughter with Hashi’s, too, but they won’t take our insurance. So still looking. I haven’t found any clinics focusing only on pediatrics. We have never done a mental health work up. Does a counselor do that? I noticed some of them have an initial screening, is that similar?
  12. The pediatrician didn’t have a good recommendation. I asked several months ago, so I could ask again, but I’m not hopeful on that front.
  13. Yup. That would help. 🙄 For anxiety. I edited to add.
  14. Where do you start? What questions do you ask? I called a recommended place that seemed like it’d be a great fit, but they aren’t taking our insurance right now (and actively avoiding it in the future). So I’m left with a list of insurance in-network, and kinda lost on how to wade through them all. ETA: for anxiety
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