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  1. I'm thinking this. And I'm thinking she WANTS to be BFFs so she's doing what she knows how to do, to make that a reality. Best wishes to you and her. I'm always so sad when I read about a bitter divorce with kids involved.
  2. I feel really dimwitted, but this never occurred to me before. Of course, this is the better plan! And from now on, I'll offer to make a donation. win-win
  3. Work or volunteer, for sure! Some things I see around my area: coaching sports teams, community organizations like scouts and 4H, literacy volunteers, chamber of commerce, museums, food pantry all need volunteers. Reach out to your new neighbors as soon as you reasonably can. In my very small town, there is an adult softball league and a golf club that are always open to new members. Best wishes! That can be a pretty lonely step to take.
  4. You guys are making me feel better. The parent seemed surprised when I said the dough was probably rotten. To be fair, she did say I could get a refund, but I thought that would punish the kid for the coach's mistake since the money goes to the kid's team. It's not a lot of money, but I don't like to waste food if it can be helped. It's not that big of deal to me. I just wanted to get some objective voices.
  5. Hugs, Mama. It's okay to be sad and grieve the future you wanted for your kids. I reached out to a friend of mine once because I disliked my own kid so much, I could hardly even stand it. Or him. She let me cry and reassured me that our feelings change and we have to play the cards we're dealt. Even though that's not what you're dealing with, it's such a huge part of parenthood to be completely upended by what comes our way via our children. Best wishes to you and it sounds like you're really doing an amazing job for him.
  6. I bought some fund-raiser cookie dough a few weeks ago. It's the type that arrives frozen in little cookie dough globs and you place it on the cookie sheet and bake it. When I picked it up from the parent of the fund-raising child, she thanked me and mentioned when she picked it up from her child's coach, it was room temperature, but that it "has so many preservatives, it should be fine!" The box says it's perishable and to keep it frozen. So, would you bake it and eat it? Half my family says throw it away and half says it's fine. If you would eat it, would you mind elaborating on why you think it's safe to do so?
  7. The only time I had an eat-in kitchen was in a pretty small house. I had a wood shelf with our art supplies in mason jars. It was so pretty and bright to look at, and it's the most artsy thing I've ever done.
  8. Well, just to throw out another monkey wrench...unless the doc knows about EoE or is specifically looking for it, he/she won't typically take enough biopsies to know for sure. Just FYI. EoE is still considered rare, I think, and most docs aren't really looking for it. EoE is a very 'patchy' disease and the doctor scoping has to be somewhat of an expert, or maybe just get lucky. Best wishes to you and your DH. I hope the appointment is productive and he gets better soon!
  9. Yeah...I don't know if I'd want to do that. I really do think they are doing the best they can. Sports are what keep a lot of the kids going to school around here rather than just dropping out, so they prioritize the sports programs over anything academic. The pattern is to hire brand new teachers and pay them a pittance until they gain experience. Then they move away to a better district where they make more money as soon as they can. But! I want to update! We diagrammed a few sentences out of DS's last essay and he immediately saw they were run on sentences. I was thrilled! We will continue that practice and add in at least one of the resources suggested in the thread. Thank you to everyone for the suggestions and replies!
  10. The GI stuff sounds like a family member's description of eosinophilic esophagitis. (or eosinophilic gastritis or eosinophilic colitis). He's already had 3 PEs? Is it possible he has one now? The super high pulse, fatigue, nausea, etc are all symptoms. Do you have a pulse ox at home? Maybe check his O2 sats.
  11. @Lori D. Thank you for the wonderful response. I respect your advice and I was hoping you'd chime in! The book by Joyce Herzog looks very promising. It's different from anything we've done so far. DS and I are both highly concrete, straightforward thinkers and we both love a book without fluff. It's interesting you mentioned this is the same way your dyslexic wrote. It does kind of seem like my ds gets overwhelmed. I just reread his last essay and noticed that the number of errors jumps exponentially as the essay goes on. For instance, his first paragraph is about 10% correct. By his last paragraph, there's just one long run on sentence without any capitalization or punctuation at all. He will pause where the periods should be, I think, because he knows where the period goes on some level, but can't seem to put it on the paper. He reads his essay aloud and pauses where the period should be, but isn't. In that way, he has a very hard time catching his own mistakes.
  12. Yes. He understands punctuation when reading to understand sentences. He understands what the marks mean when he sees them, and a paragraph without punctuation is as hard for him to understand as it is for a typical 15 year-old. The disconnect comes when he writes a paragraph. There's not much rhyme or reason to where his punctuation marks are. Sometimes he gets it right, but most of the time, he doesn't. Thank you for the detailed reply. DS was administered the Weschler IQ test for children and the Wescher Individual Achievement Test III. His lowest scores (below average) were on the sentence composition portion of the WIAT III, incidentally. His sentence repetition scores were superior and his other sentence-and-writing-related metrics were average. He's great with science and math. I appreciate you mentioning Shape Coding. I just bought Hands-on English Linking Blocks by John Menken for something totally unrelated. Maybe my son would benefit from a run-through? I do think he needs more intervention than he's getting. The reality is that we live in a very poor, rural school district. I was able to get DS in for testing within a month of asking for it. We have an IEP in place and DS goes for a class every day where the teacher is supposed to be using the Wilson Reading System to remediate the dyslexia. The reality is the special ed teacher is also the coach for a few sports teams and is RARELY there. Even if he were there, I'm not sure he would be doing much good since he has zero (literally-it's his very first year teaching anywhere, any class) experience working with average-intelligence kids. The rest of the class is kids with very low IQs who are working at their mental-age level. Kids with severe disabilities. Kids with TBIs, Kids with extremely serious mental health disorders. That's what I'm dealing with, so I don't think I'll be able to get him any other help unless I drive three hours one-way to a larger city. I'm just really hoping it doesn't come to that!
  13. Yes. He can't hear it when I do it. He inserts it in his own mind, I think, because it's his own writing and he knows what he means to say. He uses LibreOffice and he ignores the red and green correction squiggly lines. Frankly, I don't sit with him when he types or writes anymore. We have baggage from when I was extremely impatient with him before we got the dyslexia dx. I did all the things you're not supposed to do, and now it stresses him out for me to sit with him while writing or for me to check his writing for his outsourced class before he turns it in. Sad, but true. I read his essays after they've been graded and returned. The instructor is exceedingly gracious with her corrections. I was hoping to do some targeted work on this skill area over the summer. He's a mix of contradictions. He seems to understand many grammar rules and their benefits to readers and writers, but for whatever reason can't/doesn't apply them to his own writing process. For instance, he wouldn't be able to easily understand someone else's sentence that was missing its punctuation. But he doesn't use it in his own. I am so excited to try diagramming his own sentence, though. Because of the dyslexia, I think diagramming his own sentences will click with him more than anything else right now.
  14. I'm not sure how I missed those in the past. Thank you for the suggestion! The sentence book looks like it teaches exactly what he struggles with. This is a brilliant idea! He does fine diagramming sentences in textbooks and workbooks. But I wonder if it would be more meaningful for him to diagram and analyze his own sentence? Perhaps he could get a mental image as to why it doesn't make sense? I'm not sure if he can hear when his own sentence doesn't sound right. He pauses where there should be a period or comma when he reads his own essay out loud, even though there isn't one. So when he reads it, he reads it as though the punctuation is correct. But when he writes it, he writes it incorrectly. There's a connection missing. He types all of his work already.
  15. My 15 year-old son cannot seem to tell the difference between a fragment, a complete sentence, and a run on sentence. He seems to have zero understanding of the concept of a complete sentence. His essays are thoughtful and well organized, but the punctuation is almost always 100% incorrect. Is there a tool that can help me teach him the differences? How to know when to stop a sentence? What makes a sentence complete? A run on? A little bit about him: he was dx'd as dyslexic last fall. Home school for K-7, public school for 8th, home for 9th this year. He's had numerous English teachers (public school & online & co-op) besides me, and we've all worked with him on this using different programs: First Language Lessons, Rod & Staff, Christian Light Education regular and remedial programs, MCT, whatever they used in public school, Veritas Press's Composition, and maybe some more I'm forgetting. He attends a remediation class daily at the high school that is a big fat waste of time. I'm wondering if anyone has any different ideas for me? Something simple and basic and with a ton of repetition that will help him?
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