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    Happily married mom of two.
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  1. Kbutton pointed out meds. Meds for attention deficits may be necessary alongside CBT work unless the student is on the spectrum, which requires a different therapeutic approach. The bottom line is that it is important that you understand your child’s diagnosis. The STNR and ATNR reflexes made sitting and focusing difficult for my DS which aggravated the EF situation.
  2. About the EF special attention to what Lewelma stated in her first post. I didn’t think about it much at that time, but I over taught my son when he took external classes. DS performed well in the classroom because he is smart and I tutored him. We also experimented with schedules, timers, and study skills so that he could slowly support himself well into his senior year of high school. His fresher year at uni was a test and he did well. I still act as his periodic EF coach and remind him of ways to study. Cornell Notes have been awesome. Mothering a student with EF issues takes a ton of persistence and patience and is very difficult.
  3. OP, does your child have any diagnosis? My situation differs from Lecka and PeterPan because my DS is 2e with maths/handwriting/reading SLDs and no ASD/social thinking issues. His EF at around aged 14-16 was crazy off the chain. He still struggles with EF but has shown improvement with age. I don’t recall whether I mentioned this on the EF thread, but my son worked with a pediatric PT when he was in the 10th grade 2 x weekly for four weeks. Once the prim reflexes are integrated, the postural ones take over. He still had the ATNR and STNR refexes so completed bilateral coordination work, weight training, and balance exercises followed by postural exercises. After the exercises, son was finally able to learn how to swim and began working out with the local 8-man, homeschool football team. Exercise strengthens the connections between the left and right sides of the brain. About 60 minutes following exercise is a good time to study because focus during that time is elevated. EF is affected by more than developmental motor issues. Brain maturity, working memory, and processing speed directly affect EF and with deliberate work, EF can be improved but your child has to be motivated to buy into the program. Once my DS completed the ped PT work, I immediately set out to find a competent CBT who could help us manage son’s EF. After about 3 months of searching and working with CBTs, we settled on a CBT that helped us organize. My son started practicing 5 minutes of mindfulness breathing 5 times per week. There were other things as well. Email me offline if you have questions. it seems fairly common for kiddos diagnosed with ASD to require repeat visits to the OT/PT for reflex work. It can also be difficult to find a competent OT, and that is why I recommended seeking for a ped PT and CBT. The combo was life changing for my son.
  5. Okay....DS spoke with the department head at his uni last week and requested a foreign language substitution. DS discovered that to earn a BA in history at his uni, he must take two semesters of a language. To earn a BS in history, foreign language is not required; therefore, son’s foreign language hurdle is gone. It seems son’s biggest hurdle now is to do the work and complete his assignments, which will be challenging enough for a dyslexic/dysgraphic taking a humanities course load. I’ve never heard of a BS degree in history. Who knew? So the moral of the story is to speak directly with any potential university dept head. The DSS had insinuated the answer was yes but was very vague on specifics.
  6. Do they have to read books or can it be articles? My DH grew up in Northern California with a large population of Sikhs who had fled religious persecution in India. Then there were the Jewish Ethiopians airlifted to Israel during Operation Solomon. I am also thinking about Zoroastrian persecution, but you’d need to look that up.
  7. I'm a dummy. Thank-you for explaining. I'm sorry. We have been on the boards together for a long time and I did not recognize that you were using public options.
  8. You stated that you receive a school voucher and that fact obligates you to turn in a weekly report with two sentences per subject describing what you have done. You are answerable to a public school official.
  9. The charter school/voucher receiving type families and independent homeschoolers are not the same, and you are using the names interchangeably as if they are. Charter school/voucher families are subject to governmental regulation and oversight. Homeschoolers who receive no monies from the state or use charters are concerned about a regulated aka charter school/voucher version of homeschooling becoming the norm.
  10. All of that sentiment is lovely but it misses the point. You are still writing a weekly two sentence summary of subjects covered and turning that info over to a government entity. What happens when the gov’t official decides that you are not doing enough or they disagree with your curriculum choices?
  11. The uni provided my DS with a Sonocent audio notetaker subscription that he did not care for. 1shortmomto4 is absolutely correct about having all accommodations in writing, and so far, one prof (Art History) has balked about being recorded.
  12. DS types **at best** 30 wpm. He’s been using an Echo Smartpen since the 10th grade. He’s been taking outside classes and sitting in NT classrooms throughout high school. His uni supplies dictation sw and Echo Smartpens as the accommodation for SLD of written expression because the pen records lecture audio. The dictation sw was flaky and DS became frustrated with it. I have no idea whether these accommodations are typical of other schools. My son takes Cornell style notes and summarizes lecture notes after class. He also participates in study groups with classmates. He downloads PowerPoints for lecture provided by the professors and stores them on his iPad. The ppts are generally color filled and too costly to print on actual paper. Off the top of my head, I can think of about three varieties of smartpens. The first variety of smartpen records the written notes and lecture audio on the actual pen. The notes are taken using the pen with a special notebook. Afterwords, the data on the pen can be transferred to desktop software using a usb cable. The Echo Smartpen works this way. A second variety of smartpen syncs with an Android or iOS device via bluetooth to store the handwritten notes which are written on special paper. The audio of the lecture is recorded using the Android/iOS app and synced to the handwritten notes within the app. My son likes the notes on his phone because he can review often. The Newyes, Neo N2, and Aegir Smartpens all work this way. The final way to record audio and sync with handwritten notes is to use an iPad with the bluetooth Apple pen and write notes directly inside the Notability app. Other iOS apps exist for note taking, and I’m no expert. I expect a Win Surface might have the ability to sync audio with notes as well. It seems likely but I don’t know for sure. LaTex has been recommended for typing math. My son typed everything except math during middle and high school. He took chemistry and physics with algebra at the cover. I encouraged my son to use as much paper as he needed for math problem-solving. The university gave him graph paper for his math class along with testing in isolation and extended test taking time. DS has also used his phone to take pictures of notes and the board. Did I answer your questions?
  13. My son is a sophomore at uni and took an intro to history class where he turned in an 8 page term paper and every exam was essay answer. In high school while taking algebra based physics, several of his labs required writing with abstract paragraphs, the process, and concluding results of the labs. For college freshmen writing first and second semesters, he wrote essays once per week and was required to write a 8-10 paged research paper. Both his bio and earth science classes required summary sentence responses. My DS is diagnosed dyslexic and dysgraphic too, and I’m telling you now that he needs to learn to write plenty and often, and I say that as a BSEE.
  14. DD is awesome! She has a cold, but is otherwise great. DS seems to be doing well AFAIK. We drive about 40 minutes and meet DS half way from his uni occasionally, like when he needs something. We met last night and ate dinner. DS is very happy and earned A’s on all of his first round of major tests. He has a big paper and essay exam coming up the week prior to Thanksgiving for his history and religion class. This posting is about to get confusing and I apologize in advance. Son’s biggest challenge is his iphone and smartpen situation. The Echo Smartpen desktop software quit working on his Mac, so he has no way to download the audio from his college lectures. The uni’s accommodation for dysgraphia is the Echo Smartpen, and it works great with our Win 10 pc, but I’m not buying another laptop. Son’s Mac was a high school graduation present intended to get him through college and the costs...oh, the costs...Anyhoo... We replaced the Echo with a NEO N2 smartpen. The N2 stores the handwriting portion of his notes taken during lecture while the lecture audio must be stored on the iphone using the N2 app. This is new and inferior tech. Son’s Echo stored both audio and handwriting on the smartpen itself. Now here’s the rub: my son’s iphone 7 quit working thanks to a manufacturing problem called “loop back” disease. Apple currently has a class action law suit filed against them over the iphone 7, but I digress...My son is currently not using his Smartpen accommodation because he has no means to record the audio and sync his handwritten notes. Without the audio, he can’t go back and relisten to lecture he may have missed. Needing an operable phone, we ordered DS two renewed phones off of Amazon and neither has worked. Both phones have been returned and one will be replaced with all kinds of promises... It’s been irritating, but then he scored all A’s which seems to indicate that he doesn’t require the smartpen accommodation. How did that happen? He still uses audio books, extended test taking time, and types all of his work. The only advantage that I can see to the NEO N2 Smartpen is that it digitizes son’s handwriting. With the notes backed to his phone, he was able to review the notes whenever he wanted. Now he’s back to plain old pen and paper until the phone situation gets sorted. Prayers please....I could really use prayers...
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