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  1. I have watched all of these for free on youtube. They may get taken down for a while but seem to reappear regularly.
  2. Agreeing with a lot of things that have already been said. We cleaned up his diet fairly early on and it helped, but not enough. He was about age 12 when I heard the advice (from some lovely ladies on these forums) to work on relationship. Once he realised that I was on his team, we were able to work together to solve issues. Previously, he had felt it was him against the world. The biggest change for us came with ADHD meds at age 15 and my only regret is that we didn't do it sooner. We also saw the effect of a fresh start (change of location) not long after that. Recently we have ad
  3. Logan has chosen no writer with 50% extra time. Occassinally that has meant taking a B when he should have had an A, but he is comfortable with that. If he were limited to 10% extra time (or if there was a chance of failing) he would definitely take the writer for non-maths exams. At least you have some time to work through the options and let him decide what he wants to do.
  4. Yeah, a writer doesn't really work for stem subjects, especially since they are unlikely to have the subject knowledge to understand how to write advanced maths or science notation. Is he taking maths classes at Vic? I would contact Canterbury to see what they will do. Also, feel free to let Vic know what Waikato does. I am happy to pass on contact details for Accessability at Waikato if Vic wants to talk to them.
  5. Wow, I am surprised they are saying 10% max. Good thing he is not planning on continuing at Vic. Hopefully Canterbury will be more helpful. We just keep getting asked "what do you need to be successful" and my problem was I didn't know what was possible. We ended up getting approved for things that he has not ended up needing (writer, notetaker) but it was nice to know they were there if needed.
  6. I think it is time for you to talk to the University directly. You will want the Accessability office (used to be Disability). My understanding is that all NZ universities follow the same system. Our experience with Waikato is that you cannot use Latex, only Word. Logan gets a paper test and a digital test in Word and can complete whichever parts he wants in either format. He generally does some on each as writing and typing (for him) use different parts of the brain so it helps with fatigue. But you also shouldn't be limited to just 10% extra time. Yes, that is the default, but it i
  7. We had a similar situation. No Dyslexia, but everything else you listed, plus Autism. Beast Academy didn't exist at that time, so we used other things and jumped into AOPS at Algebra. Online courses were not an option for us due to budget constraints and time zone issues. We just used the books and that was perfect because he could go at his own pace. There is no need for you to teach it as it is written to the student. You have the benefit of time because of the age of the student so I would not worry about completing a book each year, just take it at her pace. With the benefit of h
  8. I haven't read that book, but I am familiar with intermittent fasting and lower carb/higher fat eating. First, I assume you meant hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) rather than hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). The increasing salt comment will be to do with a lower carb diet. Refined carbs hold onto salt in your body. When you reduce the carbs you need to increase salt so that you don't get electrolyte imbalance (sometimes known as keto flu). The hours given for intermittent fasting refer to the time from your last food one day to your first food the next day. So if I eat only betwe
  9. We are moving to level 1 as of Midnight tonight.
  10. Off topic, but I want to thank 8 for sharing these stories about her DS over the years. I remember having the same type of reaction initially, but am so glad that I have been able to learn from 8's experience with her DS and work on employability with my DS. We are not there yet, but I am seeing light at the end of the tunnel, and his chosen area of study seems to have employers who are Aspie friendly.
  11. This was our experience too with an ASD, ADHD, gifted kid (currently studying Electronics Engineering). Play with the rods, explore the relationships between them, don't even introduce written work until you know he gets the concept.
  12. Forgot to say that ds gets computer use as well as extra time. I'm not sure about NCEA, but uni only allows Word for the computer use so it is useless for maths. Make sure you ask for extra time as well as computer use, maybe even a writer for maths if that would help him. My ds prefers to do it himself but needs the extra time even if using the computer. If fatigue is an issue, another thing you can ask for is only morning exams (or only afternoon exams - whatever suits best) then you are guaranteed only one exam a day. We do only mornings, and it has been really helpful for uni tests schedul
  13. We did this test through Te Kura three years ago - not the typing part, just the handwriting. It is really basic. They just looked at words per minute. You can see the actual instructions here, including the cut off for extra time (under 12 wpm for year 11 - my ds tested at 6 wpm and gets time and a half for exams at uni). It is not meant to be something you prepare for beforehand. Just think of a topic and start writing. It is not judging quality, just quantity. So, yeah, take your time.
  14. Sorry, I can't help with lining them up, but I have just finished "reading" the unabridged (audio) through librivox. I don't have time to sit down with the book but can listen while getting other things done. Maybe something like this would help.
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