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  1. Yes, sometimes I wonder if it is lack of teaching to these OT's these days when they were getting their degrees? Or lack of school budgets, so the admins are not letting her diagnose with dysgraphia? It really is sad for these kids who struggle so much. When recommending students for an OT eval for possible dysgraphia, I always ask them, that if the student does not qualify, to please give me exercises in which I can help with what I can during tutoring. They have never come through on that. (Thank goodness for internet. Even crossing the midline exercises have often helped. How hard is that to offer suggestions?!
  2. Peter Pan, I have a question for you. In a district I work in, I tutor with Barton for students having difficulty reading. 3 students exhibited many signs of dyslexia and the 4th did not, but her reading progress in school did not progress in testing like they hoped. I was allowed to do Barton anyway and it was working with her. She did have word retrieval difficulties at times, or times when she forgot what she just had just done. At different times, these students were finally given an eval for learning disability (of course not dyslexia). A speech tech 'screened' 3 of the kids and determined a speech eval was not needed. Of course, I found this out when all testing was said and done. I have reminded the district that a language eval should be given, for the reason you gave above...Reading disability is a language disability! So I'm asking: When a school district does an eval for SLD, is it normal and expected that a speech and language eval be done as well? These were the outcomes: Student #1: They said his IQ was in the low average range, and was reaching his ability at the time and did not qualify for services. (Sorry, I fully believed he was dyslexic and did not have low IQ and probably had dysgraphia as well.) What Barton we did, did tremendous things for him and he could finally read, but spelling and writing would always be difficult for him. #2 Was not my student, but related to the above, so I suspect it ran in the family. He had great difficulty spelling, even the word 'of'. I heard he did not qualify either, but I don't know details, nor do I know if he had a speech eval. Ugh! #3 Qualified in reading comprehension and math. She is in Barton level 4, so as Susan Barton says, after level 3, they are not likely to qualify, unless in another area. Has good long term memory once the material is 'in there', but not good short term memory, so repetition has been key for her. #4 Did not qualify for services, yet continues to have low RTI scores (I did not tutor her this past year in Barton). I still suspect language difficulties... I feel so much for these kids as they move up to middle and high school, where they may not get the help that is needed without an IEP or 504. You seem very versed on evaluations, so I thought I would ask! TI do not know what screener they used for speech. Thanks!
  3. prairiewindmomma, you said the above. Would you please elaborate, why not? Although I have not cooked with mine yet, I'd like to know more, thanks!
  4. The story was just 'eh' for me as well. But my young adult daughters loved it. I am not sure why, but I was guessing it could be their take on 'you can be what you want'. I was also wondering if this was from their exposure to classmates in high school coming out and being who 'they really are'. I could be totally wrong, but it hit me that at the time the movie was a hit, all of that was more in the forefront than in the past. I was just bewildered that I was not feeling the same excitement about the movie, like I was missing something. Maybe I still am! 😉
  5. All feedback I have received on this topic has been worth considering, I appreciate your advice! Yes, we did have the tree checked a few years ago, and it was determined to be sound... At the same time, we had lower branches trimmed, so nothing is touching their house... So, yes, I see what you mean about removing a perfectly good tree, no one likes to have to do that. This helped to clarify for me, thanks, Hive!
  6. Yes, a legitimate company would do the work, which would be I'm guessing $500-1000. Large trees are expensive to cut! That is why my 'guilt' asks if the right thing to do would be to offer to pay half, even though the tree is mostly, if not all on our property. Or just to let them do it since they offered...
  7. I just thought I would post a question. We have a large tree that is rather close to a neighbor's house. With windstorms in the past, other trees have toppled, but this one remains strong. I think my neighbor is nervous about it, and perhaps rightfully so. Because they will be doing some repair work on their house soon, they approached me saying they would be glad to pay and have the tree removed. My husband agrees that they can pay to have it removed. My question is, should we offer to pay 1/2, or since they want it removed and they offered, should I not offer? (My husband does not want to offer, but I am wondering what most people do in these circumstances)? Thanks, Hive!
  8. How is your sugar intake? It's good to lay off that. Any possibility of having a tick bite in the past? Have you had shingles recently? The tiredness takes a long time to get over. Just throwing out a few ideas...school is about over, it's ok to take time out now for yourself. Maybe you can do little bits in the summer after some time off?
  9. I don't have much advice, but for those who take Lysine, I recently heard it is best absorbed on an empty stomach. So that could mean taken before bed or first thing in the morning. Also, for calcium with magnesium, doesn't magnesium help with sleep? So I would take that at night. But good question, I'm learning some new things!
  10. I got a Gemeinhardt as a teen many years ago as well. Back then, it didn't have to be pretty and mine wasn't. But it sounded fine. The only thing I would suggest is to look closely at the pads. If peeling, they will need to be replaced and can be at a local instrument shop. If any are loose, maybe it lost a screw, which they will replace. Make sure the keys don't stick as you press down on them and they return quickly to normal position. I think a few tiny keys had corks instead of pads. That's my 2 cents....
  11. I think this is a real plus. I wonder if she will be able to remember sounds in the correct order more easily than some. This will be a strength for decoding words in Barton. I used Foundations in Sounds with some of my students and like it a great deal. It is laid out just like Barton, so it is easy to transition into Barton Level 1. The pictures in FIS helped my more severe student remember sounds. I was nervous about taking the screening for myself, just because my hearing isn't what it used to be, but I passed just fine. They just want to make sure you are hearing the sounds correctly because you need to teach the sounds correctly to your child. Once your child does the Barton screening, if she doesn't pass Part C, that is when Foundations in Sounds comes into play. It helps them pass Part C of the screening assessment. I'd be glad to answer any further questions, even if you want to PM me. I have had 2 students at what I would consider the more severe level. I carried 6th and 3rd grade boys through FIS with no arguments. The 6th grader is so pleased with Barton, he has said several times before, "Why don't they teach this in regular school, I get this now!" (He is actually an 8th grader now in the middle of Level 4). My 3rd grader was pretty much a non-reader last year. He had very poor visual memory, so even with easy sight words such as: said, of...he had difficulty remembering how to read them. Both boys are actually reading full sentences this year. It is so awesome to hear them actually reading now! Just a thought, record your daughter now, so you can show her the growth over time. She will be glad to hear the difference! Just take everything in small steps, one day at a time. I am glad she enjoys hearing stories, she is more likely to enjoy reading on her own later!
  12. Ha, we used to have that too, I remember that name! Also known as 'chipped beef', but I wonder to this day what kind of meat it really was, or if it was real at all. My mom would make it out of 2 small packages and slice it up. City chicken anyone? Again, what kind of meat was that? It was on a popsicle stick! And pickle and bologna sandwiches, no thank you! Gosh, what our parents did to make the food bill stretch. I must admit, idk how they did it with such a large family. However, I do love a good pot of simmering pinto beans!
  13. So sorry, yes it is hard to get used to. My kids were away too for the first time. My dh and I went to a sunrise service, which was beautiful with the sun shining on us! I think that was a good choice. It wasn't our congregation, and we weren't feeling like everyone else had their families with them but us (too early for children!). It was one of our first really nice days, so I spent the rest of the day working in my garden and yard, which I enjoy. I know, it wasn't supposed to be a work day, but I also consider it exercise! Hope you are feeling better soon. Hope you can get a good soak in a hot bathtub...
  14. Ugh, this so much sounds like modern education, I thought it was the new common core! And since your boy sounds like he finished high school, it definitely sounds like public schools haven't changed ( and I am a certified teacher), so I know! And I do like your reference to 'Harry Chapin's, Flowers are Red', I still pull that up once in awhile, it is such a good reminder! SA109: Yes, as being a new mom, and a stepmom at that, it sounds like you should take it slow. The dad may have good things in mind, but you don't want to be put in the middle. The mom has to be on board as well and ok with you teaching. Besides that, as a homeschooling mom, I found 3 major hurdles during the day. !. Teaching (including staying ahead with the planning) 2. Meals 3. housekeeping. I found I was able to do only 2 decently each day. My house was not a shambles, but it was the daily stuff... I am not a meal planner, so that was my struggle. Some can plan meals a week in advance. That is great if you are like that. At 4:00, I was like, 'Oh, what should we have for dinner?!' I hope you can adjust first as a family...
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