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Lecka last won the day on November 18 2013

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  1. Lecka

    Mom's Homeschool phases

    I have flipped the ways I am parent-led and child-led. I used to be more casual, and I used to think my kids would like things I liked. Now I am much bossier, and I look much more at what will be appealing to them.
  2. Lecka

    Classically educating kids with FASD

    Does she have an IEP from the school? I do not homeschool so I really don't know how it works to get an IEP..... but surely she would qualify for services through age 21. For my son, he is too young for us to have done anything formally in that direction (he is 9), but informally we expect him to receive (or qualify for, maybe it will work out that he starts working or something) services through the school district until he is 21. There may be "transition" programs or job readiness programs, for students with special needs, that she could qualify for. As far as I know, the first step would be getting an IEP. Really the first step might be contacting the special education department and talking to someone? For special education students, for the most part they are going to be considered to be in their grade and progress through grades, regardless of academic level. Maybe, maybe kids repeat a year of pre-school or repeat Kindergarten or 1st grade. But ime, after that -- at a certain point, kids who are starting puberty need to be with other kids who are starting puberty, and not be a huge kid still in elementary school. Sometimes that does work out really well for kids, to be 2-3 years older than others for their grade, but ------- more often that is not the decision to make, and kids progress through the grades. So, yes, she is a 7th grader. Or maybe she is a 5th or 6th grader if you want her to be, if it helps her in any way to participate with younger kids in anything that wants to know an official grade level. But more likely they will go by age, and then services in most states go through age 21. But -- you would need to be setting that up in high school, because if that is going to be the case, you don't officially graduate. Sometimes kids walk the stage at graduation, but they aren't considered to be graduated, because they still do things through the school district until 21. I think you also need to see if she is going to qualify as anything in a way that would provide services or social activities for her, and I think you would start on that by testing, and then finding out about resources in your area. Just for example -- my son went to a free weeklong summer camp this summer, through the local Rotary Club, and if your daughter lived in this area she would be eligible, too. It's different in every place, but there will be something in your area, and some things could be special for her.
  3. Lecka

    Low Working Memory and Dysgraphia

    Some kids make improvement in their EF issues, with ADHD medication. I have an older son who has EF issues but I am told ADHD medication would not help him. I have seen it help kids. I have also seen it not make much difference. I have also had times where I could see a positive difference but parents said they didn’t see a difference at home. I have also had times where I couldn’t see a difference but parents said it was amazing at home. Anyway if you can ask I would ask if they have an informed opinion (based on testing) or a hope of the EF issues improving with medication. For my older son, seeing him informally people have had hope medication would help, but then when looking at testing it looks like it would not help him. I think I have a mental image of the kind of effects ADHD medication and I think it could help issues you are mentioning, in a really positive way. I think — whatever your mental image is of the effect of ADHD medication, if you haven’t been around many kids, you might not have a good mental image. I don’t have personal experience with my kids but I have known quite a few kids/parents and I have seen EF issues improve with some kids, and it can really take a weight off of kids. It can be good that way, like everything is easier and everything is less-frustrating. One boy used to have an attitude like everyone was out to get him, asking him to do something was like picking on him. He wasn’t like that at all (when I was around him) after he was taking ADHD medication. I have seen other kids who weren’t as bad as him before, just be less reactive. I don’t think it always works out that well, but sometimes it does for sure. I think sometimes when kids take ADHD medication then it shows what was ADHD and what was ASD. Sometimes more changes, sometimes less changes. So you could be right about the personal interaction being mostly ASD, or maybe it’s more ADHD than it would seem. I have an impression from other parents, that they are either told “we’re pretty sure it will help” or they’re told “maybe it will help.” I think sometimes they can be pretty sure, and other times it’s more of a “try and see what happens.” From what you are saying, it comes across like they seem confident it would be helpful. I think you can ask about that. But I think it’s not a blanket recommendation, they aren’t saying this to just everybody. I have talked to several people *shocked* that my older son would have seen the same person, and knowing my older son, and *shocked* I was told medication wouldn’t work. They have assumed that everyone is told to try medication. It’s not the case. Its too bad for me in a way, because I have had a lot of conversations where the parent starts out insulted or angry they would have it recommended, and then it works out well for them, and they wonder why it wouldn’t work for my son. And it’s just because my son isn’t diagnosed with ADHD, and they don’t think it would help him. Neither of my sons are, but they can be similar in some ways so this comes up for me here and there.
  4. I’m so sorry, that is shocking and appalling behavior.
  5. Lecka

    Math In Focus

    My kids did MiF in public school. They added math facts practice. They also added some review (like daily warm-ups). They added more review for kids who would forget, since it was a mastery-based program. My younger son has special needs, and kids similar to him who stayed in the regular curriculum, would have extra review.
  6. Lecka

    Why are pools in Florida indoors?

    I would go to more effort if we had more than about 5 months of use of our above-ground pool. We are potentially moving somewhere that we would have 8-9 months of use of a pool, and we would want to invest much more in a nice outdoor area.
  7. Lecka

    We're moving

    My dad lived there for several years, and I have driven through and seen his old house, on the way to Colorado. Cadillac Ranch is fun to drive past. My dad has fond memories, and I hope you love it there as well 🙂
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    I wanted to mention there are some books out there with more ideas and suggestions for engaging with little children, I wished I had known about it earlier. One is:
  9. I loved this book! My mom had it. Neither of us really fit a season, we couldn't figure out what our tones were, we were mixed I think? Still, we both liked the book.
  10. Lecka

    CAN spell, but doesn’t?

    Also it depends on just how you do spelling, but in a spelling lesson probably the focus is on a small amount of spelling, a pattern or a few patterns. This is easier than when there could be words from every lesson that has been covered, all mixed together.
  11. Lecka

    CAN spell, but doesn’t? My understanding is that working memory to focus on specific details is limited. So, many parts of a task need to be automatic to do a task easily. Otherwise there’s not enough mental capacity to do everything. So if spelling isn’t an automatic skill yet, then there’s not brain power left early from thinking of the story and writing it down, to also think about spellings. In a spelling lesson all the effort can go to thinking about spelling and writing it down. There may tend to be sentences where other words are more known and there are just one or two new spelling words, too. Really it sounds like your kids are doing amazing!
  12. Lecka

    CAN spell, but doesn’t?

    A lot of kids can spell properly during spelling lessons but aren’t yet generalizing to outside writing. It’s not automatic yet. When they are being creative they have many other things to think about and aren’t only focusing on spelling like they are in a lesson.
  13. I think if he starts doing bad again, change teachers!
  14. Lecka

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