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  1. Thanks, I’m looking into getting an OT and speech eval.  

    The psych doesn’t think he has autism.  He’s scored high on social skills.  He’s engaged, empathetic, and loves being with and interacting with people.  He wants to do what they’re all doing, so he participates.

    I had another conversation with the psychologist, and she really doesn’t think there are underlying diagnosis/ conditions. I may delete some of this later, in case she reads it... I had positive interactions with her, and felt she did a thorough job... and perhaps the part of her being young, etc. is not fair of me.  

  2. Thank you, Susan in TX.  Your words were an encouragement to me.

    About the speech, sensory, attention, and learning issues...  He had speech therapy as a preschooler, and continues to have hard-to-describe abnormalities in his speech expression.  I’ve observed sensory issues with him his whole life—with tags on clothing, textures of food making him gag, very sensitive to noise... tender hearted. The psych did talk about the attention issues she noticed..., and the test showed his working memory and processing speed as low which I think would directly imply a learning issue...  For the attention issue, she recommended he continue to have a lot of one on one (homeschooling) with prompts, and lots of breaks...which I do already. The psych is young, though...  There is an older, more mature, very articulate psych I spoke to on the phone a while back who offered to give a 2nd opinion for a much smaller fee if I need it...  I may do that.  

    My son does okay in groups...though I can see him getting distracted or overwhelmed, and the academics going over his head completely.

     

    I will ask about the speech and OT testing, too.  I don’t know why I didn’t think of that.

     

    Thanks.  

    Kristin

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  3. Thank you, everyone, who has responded thus far.

    I really resonated with what Terabith said:  “I would continue to homeschool, work hard on closing the gap in terms of academic skills, ...social opportunities, social skills, and develop at own pace...” ...and that kids can make far less progress in school than at home even if...  

    I was hoping the psychologist would address the underlying issues more...but seemed to gloss over them, saying he’s just a late bloomer.  I know he has some speech issues, sensory issues, attention, and, learning issues... but they don’t concern her.  I was hoping for more insight into these areas...  Should I get a second opinion?

     

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  4. I feel like I need some direction from a much older and wiser board member.  I don’t know what to do about my son.  I’m homeschooling him, and he’s “repeating” 3rd grade.  He presents as very young for a 10 year old, socially and emotionally.  He recently scored low on his math and writing, and his working memory and processing speed for a test from the school psychologist.  I just don’t know whether to keep trying to work with him at home or send him to school where he can potentially have more “supports”.   The psychologist says he’s “overall average”..., and may be able to get some instructional support... or maybe even go the CSE route if necessary—but she didn’t feel it was yet.  She thinks he’s a late bloomer, and will be a successful person at some point way down the road...  and kind of encouraged me to keep homeschooling while saying choosing to place him in school would help him grow socially as well...  I just don’t know what to do.  I’m kind of frustrated with his lack of cooperation and very young behaviors, but I don’t want him to completely fail and flounder in the public school....

  5. We love it.  I used 2nd through 4th for my daughter, and I'm currently using 3rd for my son.  It's thorough, it gets done, and the kids like it.  Everything for the experiments is included. Initially, I was turned off by the scripting as well, but now I find it useful to skim before doing the lesson--just so I get the gist of what we should cover.  

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  6. Thank you... I've really resonated with, and have been comforted by your posts.  I have mixed feelings, but I think we might have to stick it out... at least for 7th grade.  I always take it one year at a time.  ?  Though we'll be living rurally, we'll be in the same community, and she'll still be in swimming, dance, Lego League, youth group, church...  She just won't have her best friends across the street anymore.   She's so much more independent this year, following her plan, and getting her work done, that it makes me believe she'll be able to continue self study.  She used to always say she wanted to go to school, but now she tells me she wants to stay home schooled.  She has more time to read for fun, and she loves learning how to code on her own on khanacademy.  I don't know if she'd have time to pursue other interests if she were in school.   She loves drama, too, and within a couple years, a local Christian theatre group is moving to our area.  I don't have it all figured out....not by any means-- especially how to better meet my own needs.

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  7. Our local high school offers an IB diploma.  Does anyone know much about it?  I've heard that some kids take AP exams at the appropriate time while earning their IB diploma, just to boost their credentials for college admissions.  Is that really necessary anymore?  I'm also already wondering if my daughter should self-study for AP exams, or go the IB diploma route through our local high school...  Any thoughts or experiences with this?

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  8. Thank you so much for your thoughts...  There is a local private, Christian school that's only about $3,000 per year, but I'm not crazy about the curriculum they use.  I know many of the moms involved, and her involvement would naturally give her opportunities to grow in social/ emotional intelligence.  I just don't want her to lose academic ground she's gained.  I suppose I could supplement...  This school only goes up through 8th, and then she'd go to the high school.  Our local high school offers an IB diploma.  Does anyone know much about it?  I've heard that some kids take AP exams at the appropriate time while earning their IB diploma, just to boost their credentials for college admissions.  Is that really necessary anymore?  I'm also already wondering if my daughter should self-study for AP exams, or go the IB diploma route through our local high school...  Any thoughts or experiences with this?

  9. Looking for pros/ cons of public vs. homeschool for my 6th grade daughter for next year.   I've homeschooled her since Kindergarten, and she is excelling academically.. but I'm tired.  And, I wonder if she might thrive in the public school because of her outgoing/ social personality.  We will be moving to the country soon, and she will no longer have her two homeschool best friends across the street.  My biggest concern about placing her in public school is that she's doing so well academically at home.  Also, as an introvert myself, her high energy drama is wearing me down.  Granted, I'm getting over being sick, but I'm tired.

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