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  1. MedBridge offers the SCERTS training: https://www.medbridgeeducation.com/course-catalog/details/scerts-part-1-a-comprehensive-educational-framework-for-autism-barry-prizant-emily-rubin-amy-laurent-autism/ I've done workshops with Barry Prizant and with Patrick Rydell. Both of them are fantastic. Dr. Rydell offers parent coaching/consultations: https://www.autismoncall.com/consultations/ I've not yet done anything with Dr. Rydell beyond just the basic workshop he presented to my Communicative Disorders program but it's on my wish list. Have you tried any FloorTime? Very similar to SCERTS and you can access the Profectum Parent Toolbox for free here: https://profectum.org/training-programs/ppt/ I also highly recommend the Foundational Capacities for Development 5 part series. It's $50 if you are a Profectum member for the series https://profectum.org/training-programs/foundational-capacities-development-fcd-sessions/
  2. I bought a bargain version of the previous edition TM from Rainbow Resource last month. I didn't purchase the student materials because I own AAS 1-6 and didn't feel there was enough difference to justify the costs. I definitely feel that the TM from AAR 3 was worth what I paid for it.
  3. Depends on how easily the college could find American students to replace the foreign ones. At UC Berkeley they make up 16.2% of its students and at UCLA they make up 15.8%. Both those schools could easily replace the foreign students with Americans by pulling from waitlists.
  4. Yes, she has 1 cochlear implant and 1 hearing aid. It also helps a lot that her loss is progressive and didn't start until some time after 2 years old. So her brain was already wired for sound and she adjusted very quickly after getting the implant in 2016
  5. We did a grade adjustment (3rd to a repeat of 2nd) for my SN child but it was after discovering through a bone age scan that there is a 15 month discrepancy between her chronological age and her physiological one. So we all agreed that it didn't make sense to hold her to the expectations of 3rd grade when at the time her body "thought" it was only 7 y.o. Her teacher ran a Woodcock-Johnson Achievement Test and did 2 sets of norms, one for 3rd and one for 2nd. For the verbal subtests, she was off the charts low on both sets of norms. But for math, she actually moved into the normal range (albeit the low side). The grade adjustment didn't change the IEP goals because those were all language/speech/reading related to begin with. The endocrinologist projects an adult height for my DD of 5'0" (I'm 5'3" and my older DD is 5'4"). So I'm not at all worried about her being bigger than the other kids. In fact, after the grade adjustment she went from being one of the smallest in her class to more in the middle.
  6. Updating a month later to say that she's making progress with a combo of AAR 2 + ETC 3 and 3 1/2 + Hooked on Phonics. Plus lots of high frequency words drill and reading decodable books. I just have to take things S-L-O-W and practice one concept at a time until the lightbulb clicks.
  7. I could only find one thread on these books from back in 2011 and I'm curious if anyone has used them more recently. I bought the 3rd grade books and one of the 4th grade books for my 4th grader home from PS SPED. She's got an enormously large discrepancy between her verbal and non-verbal cognitive abilities. She has a verbal IQ that is borderline between low-normal and mild Intellectual Disability. But on a completely non-verbal IQ test, she tested in the gifted range. Math is a strength so long as it's presented visually with a minimum of language. Her school has assigned lessons on Zearn and iReady. Let's say I haven't been terribly impressed. I've been having her work through some of the Math Mammoth "blue" worktexts but there are too many words and not enough pictures. She can understand the concepts when I use manipulatives like fraction tiles or the Right Start abacus. I thought about buying RS D & E (1st ed) but couldn't find any reasonably priced copies. I realize that Visible Thinking in Mathematics isn't a complete curriculum, which is fine. What I want is something compatible with MM but more visual in its explanations. Does this sound like VTM?
  8. We switched from a SLP who specialized in autism to one who specializes in deafness back in 2015 after the discovery of DD's hearing loss. DD was still getting ABA from a clinic that used VB-MAPP up until fall of 2018 when #4 was born. So a lot of the work on prepositions, pronouns, form/feature/function, etc. was being done by the ABA team. Whereas the SLP has been focused more on articulation, auditory comprehension, morphology & syntax, and especially narrative language.
  9. Have you ever tried Balance Benders with him? It's very concrete in terms of teaching algebra and even my DD who has significant problems with abstract information likes the beginning level.
  10. Worksheets can be good options for school-aged children. My DD's SLP usually does 1-2 per session. A lot of them are from auditory processing/auditory comprehension books like HELP because that targets both the hearing impairment and the auditory processing disorder. But obviously it's going to vary depending on the client's specific goals. If a SLP primarily works with toddlers and preschoolers, he/she may not have a lot of worksheets as resources because that's not a developmentally appropriate way to do therapy with very young children.
  11. Using picture books as part of speech therapy was discussed at length in my undergraduate level Language Assessment & Intervention class. One of the big assignments for that class was to use a picture book with repetitive text (like We're Going on a Bear Hunt) to come up with X number of exercises/activities targeting articulation, semantics, syntax, pragmatics, literacy, and possibly other areas (I took the class in 2017 so I would have to go dig up my report). The point is, it's something a SLP should have received training on some time during his/her Communicative Disorders coursework.
  12. If I were a certified SLP working with your DS, I would explain that oral narratives are the foundation upon which writing is built. If your DS can't hold a conversation well enough to tell a basic narrative, then all the writing instruction in the world isn't going to be successful. He has to walk before he can run. I've only skimmed Nurturing Narratives but it looks really good. I recommend reading it if you can get a hold of a copy. That said, pragmatic language goals should be interwoven with the other expressive language goals like syntax, semantics, etc. My SN child just had teletherapy today and her SLP was working with her on "Theory of Mind" and simultaneously the grammatical construction "[independent clause] so [independent clause]" using the picture book Goodnight Gorilla. My DD had to tell the story in complete sentences (e.g. The gorilla wanted the lion out of his cage SO he unlocked it) while also answering questions about how we the readers know that the zookeeper is unaware of the gorilla's antics (because the keeper is looking forward and the animals are behind him). There was also some articulation work thrown in because DD is inconsistent with her l's.
  13. Thanks for the tip about the sale. I bought Nurturing Narratives, which I know I've looked at it before but back then most of it was beyond my DD's level. Now that she's made progress on the basics of a narrative, this looks like a great resource to expand that foundation.
  14. Also people having to purchase larger quantities of supplies at one time rather than smaller amounts more frequently. The per unit cost may be lower buying in bulk but if you're used to spending $X and all of a sudden you're having to spend double or triple that amount, it can really hurt.
  15. Are any of you at higher risk of complications?
  16. I have a problem with the full amount going towards many upper middle class folks but only a portion going to those with earned income but no income tax liability. I'm sorry, but most working class folks will spend it (thereby helping to prop up the economy) while many upper middle class folks will just put it into savings. Any citizen or legal resident who has earned income below the cap should receive the full amount regardless of tax liability. The economy is in big trouble and it's the working class folks who are most likely to be affected and need help affording groceries & household supplies.
  17. She can decode okay as long as it's simple. Trying to remember the more advanced phonics rules like silent e, soft c/g, diphthongs, digraphs, whether y at the end of a word says "ee" or "igh", etc. is HARD. Also she has trouble recognizing that she just decoded the same word in the previous sentence so she sounds it out E-V-E-R-Y S-I-N-G-L-E T-I-M-E.
  18. AKA there was a reason that I had my SN child in PS SPED and not home with her siblings. It's become abundantly clear this week that none of the reading resources I have on my shelf are going to work for my SN child. She's at about a late 1st grade level. Good phonological processing skills but poor working memory and major language delay. IIRC Barton isn't appropriate for students with language delay. So what is? The silver lining is that she's actually doing very well with Math Mammoth so long as I read it to her and skip the word problems.
  19. I haven't used them myself but I've always been intrigued by the Arbor Center series.
  20. I read something recently in the news about Medicaid paying for certified Peer Counselors in some states. That's something you could possibly do PT while finishing up degrees for MFT or another mental health profession. https://www.mhanational.org/national-certified-peer-specialist-ncps-approved-trainings
  21. Audiology may have loan forgiveness programs depending on what she does after graduation. Here is an example of one in my state.
  22. I'm actually taking an Early Childhood Education course right now that's required for me to get an ECE teacher permit in my state. It is the absolute BIGGEST waste of time so far. This week's assignment was reading a chapter on setting up the preschool environment and it's total common sense. Seriously, does anyone NOT know that a preschool/daycare should have activity centers, a library corner, handwashing stations near both the eating and toileting areas, a playground, etc. ? 🙄 The title of the course is "Curriculum Development" so I thought it might have some useful ideas about what to do if I do wind up working as a preschool teacher. Maybe we will later on but as of now it's making want to poke my eyes out.
  23. My personal take on this is that many, if not most, homeschooling families these days are trying to stay if not exactly dual income, definitely not single income, while homeschooling. They need to outsource to co-op or online because mom needs the time to devote to her work-at-home job. A big reason that my 2nd has applied to boarding school for high school rather than continuing to homeschool is because I hope to start my graduate studies this summer. I homeschooled my oldest from pre-k through 12th and my 2nd from pre-k through 8th. I'm ready to move on to the next phase of my life.
  24. Maybe this one? https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Practical+Algebra%3A+A+Self+Teaching+Guide%2C+2nd+Edition-p-9780471530121
  25. When Maximized Genetics had their Black Friday sale I bought a MaxFunction panel for my SN daughter. I went with them over 23andme, etc. because of the privacy issue. The flip side is that MaxGen only sends a SNP report and not full data that can be uploaded to Promethease or other interpretation sites. So I'm left with a bunch of results that are probably very useful if I understood but that are just a bunch of letters and numbers to me right now. Can anybody help? CBS rs2851391 homozygous CYP1B1 L432V homozygous DAOA rs3741775 homozygous FUT2 (all 3 variants) homozygous MAOB rs1799836 homozygous MTHFD1 rs2236225 homozygous MTHFR A1298C heterozygous PEMT rs7946 homozygous SLC19A1 rs1051266 homozygous SOD2 rs880 homozygous SUOX(A628C) rs7297662 homozygous TCN1 rs526934 homozygous
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