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  1. I want to use Equipping Minds and Pyramid of Potential with my 9 year old with expressive language disorder and dyslexia. The 2 programs seem to complement each other and even recommend each other. I am listening to Carol Brown's free training sessions on youtube. What else should I order to quickstart as economically as possible? TIA Marcy in NC
  2. not yet. Wondering how much a fight it will be, and if whatever I would get out of it would be worth the fight. I know the services available in some states would certainly be worth the effort, in NC I'm not so sure. 😞
  3. Hello, I decided to contact the local school system to see if my 8 yearold dd might use speech services as visiting student (we are in NC). I have up-to-date evals that indicate language deficit, probably dyslexia. I have been advised that she needs speech therapy for language/narrative/expressive/auditory memory/ etc. The system SLP says that her evals indicate that her issues are with reading and would need to be addressed with the reading resource teacher (which is not available to homeschoolers). Also, she would need to be evaluated through RTI (which can't happen as a homeschooler). A friend has advised that Federal law upholds the right of a parent to request an eval INSTEAD of the response to intervention procedure and I could fight for my right to request an eval in lieu of RTI and that this is especially important given that my child is home-schooled and, thus, there is no opportunity to observe her response to intervention within the classroom. I am wondering if it is worth the fight? Any thoughts? Pros, cons, experiences? Thanks the following exerpt is from link: Another regulation addressing initial evaluations in all situations also serves to emphasize that “either a parent or a public agency may initiate a request for an initial evaluation to determine if the child is a child with a disability” (see IDEA 2004, 34 C.F.R. § 300.301(b)). The United States Department of Education (ED) commentary accompanying the regulation indicates that the same timelines and procedures applicable to all initial evaluations would apply to evaluations involving students with potential LDs (see IDEA 2004 Consent for Initial Evaluations, 2006). The only exception to the regular timelines to complete evaluations is in situations where the school staff and parents mutually agree in writing to extend the timeline, ostensibly to allow additional time for interventions to proceed. The USED commentary also reminds us that interventions can be provided during the weeks while the evaluation is conducted, a point made in response to concerns that parents, by requesting evaluation, could “short-circuit” or opt out of the intervention process (and in the commentary, ED stated that “if parents request an evaluation and provide consent, the timeframe for evaluation begins and the information required in §300.309(b) must be collected (if it does not already exist) before the end of that period”; IDEA 2004 Consent for Initial Evaluations, 2006). In sum, however, the referral scheme under IDEA’s federal regulations respects the parent’s right to request an evaluation with no specialized exception for circumstances where the school is attempting high-quality research-based interventions.Indeed, the current legal framework makes little concession to the expanding universe of regular education interventions available in an increasing number of public schools. Although schools can, technically, refuse to refer the student, they must then provide parents with written notice of refusal and notice of IDEA procedural safeguards (since parents must be informed that they can challenge the school’s refusal to evaluate the student). This course of action also creates the possibility that the school will face a failure-to-identify legal action challenging the refusal to evaluate. If the parents can prove that there are reasonable grounds to suspect disability and the need for special education services (admittedly not a high threshold), then the school will lose the case, will be ordered to evaluate the student, and will likely be liable for the parents’ attorneys’ fees.Against this backdrop, one would think schools would be treading quite cautiously in addressing referral questions, particularly when faced with parents’ requests for evaluation. The emerging court cases, however, demonstrate otherwise. Unfortunately, some persistent and inaccurate notions may be at work in how schools observe child-find under IDEA in the modern RtI era. Common RtI/Child-Find Misconceptions The advent of RtI, together with the modernization of the SLD evaluation process, has given rise to some common notions and confusion spots that can lead schools awry in complying with child-find while also implementing RtI programs. Some of these misconceptions include the following: · RtI interventions are a mandatory prerequisite to LD evaluation · Intervention programs must be implemented for the entire period of instruction · In tiered intervention models, all tiers must be completed prior to referral · Data from RtI intervention programs is a mandatory part of an LD evaluation The most entrenched misconception involves the need for RtI data as part of SLD evaluations. Although individual states may, if they wish, make the use of RtI data mandatory, the federal statute or regulations do not. Rather, the 2006 regulation allows for part of the evaluation to include a determination of whether a child responded to high-quality research-based interventions, but it does not require it (see IDEA 2004, 34 C.F.R. § 300.309(a)(2)(i); see also Memorandum to State Directors of Special Education, 2011; Alexandria Comm. Sch. Corp., 2010; and Meridian Sch. Dist., 2010. Indeed, from a practical standpoint, the regulation could not have possibly required such a determination, since many schools would have been unprepared to fully implement such intervention programs at that time. This is why the regulation also contains an option for an assessment-based determination based on patterns of strengths and weaknesses in assessment scores instead of the RtI determination option (see IDEA 2004, 34 C.F.R. §300.309(a)(2)(ii)).
  4. I would love specific brand of oven and names of cookbooks. This sounds a lot like my girl ❤️
  5. So this is for my dd9 with dyslexia, language delays, and resulting anxiety. She has always been homeschooled. My tendency has been to just keep moving forward (albeit extremely slowly) and act like everything is as it should be. I have never verbalized (to her) that she is behind or struggling. This may be a mistake and in part a source of some of the anxiety. So HOW do I acknowledge her struggles, validate her issues, explain the delays, and encourage her? (Not on spectrum) Thanks Marcy on NC
  6. So do you make your own to coordinate with Barton? Or other things? Is it easy to find previously created quizlets for this purpose?
  7. Just heard from a friend that she has all the level of Barton and is ready to sell. Only thing is they are probably 10+/- years old. Have they been revised? Do you think I will have trouble because of being out of date?
  8. This is so helpful. Exactly the experience I needed to hear
  9. I will look at these. Not familiar to me. Thank you
  10. Currently using LOE Foundations B with dyslexic dd9. Anyone here used loe and then switched to Barton who could compare the 2? I really like loe and she is making progress, but it is slow going. This is probably just because life is hard and she is dyslexic for goodness sake? Or I am not consistent enough? (I am never consistent enough). Ooooorrrr, she needs a different program? Barton? Would love to hear your experiences. I have read a lot of the other threads about Barton--great stuff. But not as much about loe. Thanks
  11. Do you know specific programs that SLP uses to work on this? Does SGM cover this? Or the whole Autism package that you mentioned? Or something else. Just trying to be knowledgeable about what I want SLP to actually be doing. Or, what I might have to do myself if I can't find anyone close enough. Thanks
  12. If you could tag me to any of these, I would love to read them Boys town National Research Hospital (although, just for refernce, we don't live anywhere close to there--wish we did) Test of Narrative Language (TNL) Scored 82 which is below avaerage and indicates difficulty with Oral Narration and her narrative language Ability is below average. East Carolina Universtiy--Woodcock Reading Mastery Test--Letter ID is below Average, Phonological Awaremenss is well below average Test of Early Reading Ablility (TERA-4) Alphabet--impaired or delayed; Conventions--borderline impaired; Meaning-borderline impaired Comprehensive Test of Spoken Language (CASL-2) General Language Ability Index--Average Jordan Left-Right Reversal Test--Ability to identify reversals is in atypical range, may be indicativve of dyslexia We recently complete ND screening with representative from Jan Bedell, but we don't have those results yet--but her dominance was very mixed and she could not army crwl for the screener audiology testing has indicated no problems with hearing Yes, she is very close and they have great chemistry--not messing with that one, lol 6 kids ds 21-ADHD, unilateral hearing loss, high IQ, lots of quirky behaviors, spent years trying to figure him out, still quirky but about to graduate college ds 18-severe dyslexia, can barely spell his name, started reading in 3rd grade using AAS, still doesn't know multiplication facts, gifted singer, actor and dancer, prone to anxiety and depression, working on transfer credits at community college and auditioning for 4-year Musical Theater programs Ds 13-adopted, possible FASD, intellectual disabilities, ODD DD 11-adopted no disabilities, Praise the Lord! dd 8-see above (also, born with traceal malacia, struggled with ear infections, reflux for years, speech therapy throughout pre-k) ds6-left hand dominate, no signs of learning issues so is it worth the money to buy the package from Bedell (LittleGiant Steps)? I would still have to be the one to implement it, even after paying all that money What is the best type of provider to test Executive Function? Good idea, haven't done this yet. Just regular eye dr., or develpmental? Thank you for all your resource reccommendations. You have given me lots to look at. Marcy in NC
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