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  1. Haha, I'm here to suggest Apples and Pears. It has worked wonders for my DS who is a strong reader, but has a very difficult time spelling. I'll be honest, I don't really get the method that Apples and Pears uses, because my mind doesn't work that way. However, that probably explains why my DS didn't learn spelling from reading or any of the other spelling programs we tried.
  2. If anyone is interested in Lansing's update to the gridlock protest: Lansing Mayor Andy Schor has issued a statement regarding this week's gridlock protest and includes guidelines for future gridlock protests. You can google Statement from Mayor Andy Schor Regarding “Gridlock” Protests. He addresses the fact that "While many people stayed in their cars to protest at the Capitol, some “gridlock protesters” went further and took their frustrations out on the entire City of Lansing by including our downtown, neighborhoods and corridors." He says that "Demonstrators not practicing social distancing put the safety of Lansing residents, first responders and their respective communities at risk." After listing what the city and MSU police will do to mitigate the future harm to the city due to protests, he also says "Lansing is proud to be the Capital City and I strongly believe in the right for people to protest their government. However, the right to protest does not include violating the rights of others or breaking local laws. Nor does it include preventing public safety from getting to emergencies." This was a protest that caused harm to a city of people trying to cope with the stress of job loss, school closures, loss of community, and a pandemic. It wasn't a peaceful protest of people making their voices heard.
  3. Well, it would be nice if differentiating between the areas were possible. I assume that is how we are going to have to deal with the virus when we return to "normal" life. However, that is also why the restrictions regarding traveling back and forth between homes are necessary. To treat the UP separately, you have to restrict travel from the cities to the cottages up north. Right now the people in close contact with each other are on public transportation in Detroit. If you let people go up to the cottages, there will be crowds in little tiny grocery stores in podunk towns with few medical resources. I would also like to point out that Michigan has not demonstrated readiness for "opening up" even by the guidelines issued by the White House. Gov. Whitmer is following the recommendations even for phase one by minimizing non-essential travel. Vacation homes, motorboats, golfing trips- all seem to be non-essential travel. She's following the rules! I suppose that people may think travel only applies to going to other states or something?
  4. I am appalled at some of the misinformation circulating about Governor Whitmer's actions. You can absolutely get seeds here, even following the restrictions. Many smaller places have them in store, you can get curb-side pick up, and, in Lansing, there is an organization who will mail you free seeds if you really want them! The traffic to the hospital was absolutely affected by the rally. Do you know how close Sparrow Hospital is to the Capitol? When you stand in front of the hospital, you see the Capitol down at the end of the same street when you look to the right. In other words, the main road leading to the Capitol from the east also passes Sparrow Hospital. People I know that were in the rally, posting during it, were unconcerned that some of the routes to the hospital were blocked, because "other routes were open." However, they didn't know which other routes were open and neither did anyone else who might need to get there! The concern isn't just if people were moving over for the ambulance, normal people also drive their cars to the hospital! The people I know who were involved were (are) angry that their "freedoms" are being curtailed in any way, to the point that they felt it was appropriate to endanger other people's lives because they want to stay in BOTH their vacation home AND their main home over the course of a few weeks, instead of picking one to live in. One guy doesn't even golf, but went golfing anyway, just because he didn't like his "freedom" to do so being limited! (Also, to reiterate what was said upthread, it is still snowing, cold and windy.) Also, if anyone wants insight into why people would protest even though the state has so many cases and so many deaths, it is because the vast burden of the numbers is concentrated in the Detroit Metro area. While I believe that Governor Whitmer's actions have helped prevent the virus from being so prevalent everywhere, others find it more easy to dismiss as Detroit's problem.
  5. I don't really have any advice, but my daughter had mastitis when she was 3 years old. After antibiotics the fever and redness went away, but she was tender there for a long time and the swelling took many months to go away. While she hasn't gotten it again (she's 5 now), her tissue was obviously still recovering for a very long time afterward. It was easy to see on her because she was, of course, completely undeveloped and also often went shirtless.
  6. We can't figure out the motivation! She doesn't want anyone else to host. She hates to cook and does it poorly when she does it, but she doesn't want other people to cook, either. She is also not open to ordering pizza or getting frozen lasagna or something.
  7. I can imagine this happening at my MIL's house. I don't think I have ever been to a holiday meal that she hosted that there was enough food. Once she invited everyone (about 25 people) over for a holiday dinner. I asked what I could bring and she said she had it all covered, so I just brought a dessert. We arrive for dinner and she informed us that she didn't feel like cooking after all. And she didn't. There was no supper, only desserts. My DH and his siblings went through the fridge to pull out lunchmeat and leftovers from earlier that week. I think we ended up leaving and going to get fast food. After a decade of that, we now eat before we go or bring lots of sides, no matter what she says she has covered.
  8. With my first I went according to schedule because I could take the time off work and it didn't count against me. When choosing between going to work or sitting in a waiting room reading a book, it was a no-brainer for me. With my last two I had homebirths and the midwife came to my house for all appointments. I had all appointments as recommended, even though I had no complications whatsoever. I enjoyed my midwife appointments so much! Childcare was not a problem, since I just sent the kids to another room to watch a movie while the midwife was there.
  9. I am pretty sure it was the CELF. I am still looking for the scores, but I did want to comment on the stuttering study. I am so very thankful that we did it. I initially wanted to participate because I felt that I would have loved to have more information about stuttering for DS, so we could save others some stress and worry by participating (and DS was agreeable to doing it). From what I understand, they don't know very much about stuttering at all. This study looks at genetics and it also is a longitudinal study where they do MRIs of the subject's brain once a year for a few years, trying to gather information about why stuttering occurs, why it sometimes persists, and what can be done about it. There is also the possibility that whatever brain thing causes stuttering also causes other language problems. By participating, we got a hearing test, the language testing, IQ testing, MRI of the brain, and they did a speech sample that they used to label the severity of his stuttering. Then they sent the info in a report. And also compensated DS for his time. I will take a look at the materials on those websites. Thank you!
  10. I requested Bringing Words to Life from the library. Thank you for the suggestion. Looking through this webpage, he has some issues with the semantics section. He does not get idioms or inferences very well. He also has difficulty identifying the antecedent of a pronoun in normal conversation. There may be some thing he has difficulty with that I haven't even figured out yet, because he flies under the radar so well. I can look more into semantics. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish if he doesn't know something because he is 7 or because there is a problem. Even with the vocabulary, I had no idea, because he can handily define "alliteration" and plays very complex adult board games (like Scythe). However, alliteration has previously been specifically defined for him and when a kids plays board games with an adult, everyone is very careful to define everything, because they assume he doesn't know.
  11. Thank you everyone for your replies! I am going through them one by one to think about the content. I will also go find his test scores and post them. The one thing I can say off the top of my head is that he did have his hearing checked at an audiologist twice, about 6 months apart. He went once before he began speech therapy and again as part of the stuttering study. He passed both times with no problems. I like the idea of going through things thematically and just talking through things before we start the meat of the work. They don't suspect developmental disorders. I am not familiar with auditory processing disorders, but I can look into those. No one has mentioned anything, but I am willing to consider other things. I can also look into eye exams, just to cover all our bases.
  12. I am struggling with helping my DS7 and I am not sure how to proceed. He has had articulation problems and a stutter for the past few years. He did 5 months of speech therapy over the last school year. Then the speech therapist recommended a break because he stopped progressing. He completely fixed his "L" and "TH" sounds, but did not make progress on his "R" sounds. His stutter diminished while he was in therapy, although they did not work specifically on it. At the end of speech therapy, I signed him up for a stuttering study at the local university. As part of the study, they did some language testing. We got the results, although they didn't really go through them with us. The results were surprising to me, in that his vocabulary and following direction scores were much lower than I would have expected, given the rest of his results. They were both in the 25% range, while the rest of his scores were more generally around 50% to one section that was in the 90's%. I took this as an indication we should work more on those areas, whether on the test-taking itself or on the skills. I was kind of flabbergasted to discover that DS doesn't understand so many words. I had no idea! I have always read to him copiously, which I assumed would help with his vocabulary, but it turns out he doesn't learn very well from context. We started doing Wordly Wise for vocabulary, which is going very well. I also started discussing with him more about what words mean and encouraging him to ask the meaning of words. He never asked about words before this. Now he does constantly, which is what I want him to do. However, here is my problem. It is so, so much. Now that he realizes he can ask what things mean (he didn't seem to realize that words have meaning before?), it is all day. It is overwhelming. Today, I asked him to get a paper bag out of the pantry. He didn't know what "paper bag" meant and I had to explain that bags can be made of many different materials and in the pantry we keep plastic bags and paper bags. The paper bags are brown and made out of paper. This time I didn't have to explain what a "bag" is, but sometimes I might have to. I have already defined "pantry" many times. I have to define "step" when I tell him not to step on something. Or define "shoe" when I tell him to put on his sandals and also call sandals "shoes." There is so much explaining everything. Do I keep on just explaining things as they come up? Is there a trick to working on this? It is exhausting to me to do this, although I am glad he is now learning more. I just wonder if there is a more efficient way to work on the skill of learning word definitions from context? Just as more info, he is reading at grade level and does fine with decoding words. He understands math intuitively and requires very little instruction to grasp new concepts in that subject. He also was given an IQ score as part of the study testing and it was high average. I replicated some of the "Following Directions" part of the testing to see if he needed work on that, and it appears he struggled with words in the directions. I did some exercises with him and he could accurately follow the directions... when he understood what all the words in the directions meant. Does anyone have any advice (or encouragement) for me?
  13. I have been using Native deodorant the last 6 months or so and am very happy with it. It has even lasted this week of 90+ degree weather.
  14. I just got a Proclick this spring and I love it! Using it makes me happy.
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