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  1. We do have wedgits! I should pull those out again. I don't think we ever had the cards, but I'll look into them! 🙂 Yep. I have lots of threads about her vision and how much she despises her vision therapy exercises. We got all her reflexes integrated about six months ago, but this is a good reminder for me to check again, since we haven't been as faithful on maintenance exercises as I would have liked in that time. QBitz Jr looks great! I'm pretty sure that whoever did the easy Tangrams with her did something like this too! Thanks!! These look great too! Thank
  2. Dd7 has some visual stuff going on, and I'd like to get her working on something that's like Tangrams, but less complex. I'm thinking of something that I saw a therapist do with her at one point (I can't remember all the details of who and where and when, though!) where it was like a tangram puzzle, EXCEPT that it only had 2 pieces, AND they told you *which* two tangram pieces it was. All she had to do was actually figure out how to orient them correctly and lay them in the design (which, I'll just say, was still wicked difficult for her). Presumably, it would've gotten more difficult (maybe 3
  3. I think she's kind of all of the place. She can *always* sound out "p a n," but she often struggles with blends. So she might see "split" and read "slit" or "spit", and vice versa, she often does this thing where she sees something like "spit" but reads "split." (It's pretty common for her to insert an l or r after another consonant blend.) Elizabeth B has been working with her a lot, which has been super helpful, because she was able to identify that dd's biggest struggle (aside from rushing) is consonant blends, and I hadn't recognized that previously. So, so long as words aren't overwhelmin
  4. Thanks so much for writing this! Most of the time, I hear about folks with some similar issues but low WM *and* low PS, whereas dd only has low WM, but wicked fast PS. Thanks for your thoughts on the slowing down, and yours too, @Lecka!! It's kind of funny because sometimes she'll just be flying through something and she'll read a word wrong because she's not *actually* reading it, so I usually just tap it once or twice (I still point to her reading because she does have some vision issues we're working and I just find it's easier to work on vision separate from her reading) to indicate that s
  5. We have been doing your re-reading books ideas. In this case, she's less about getting to the end of the story, but speed is still a problem. It's almost like the parts of her brain that are *not* working hard to sound out a word are just making up the story faster than she can read. So she kind of flits from big/obvious word to big/obvious word, and just makes up a lot of what's in between. It's a real struggle to get her to read what is *actually* on the page (like you said). Unfortunately, for books that she already knows the story to, she is far more likely to just recite the story as best
  6. @Lecka PS. ITts lots of rushing because she just thinks quickly and doesn't want to taker her time sounding things out. I think dyslexia just poses a special challenge to my girl with a processing speed above the 99.7th percentile... She wants the STORY!
  7. Oh, we've completely switched over to audiobooks since that one book-throwing tantrum! 🙂 She has Audible and BARD on three separate devices that she can access on her own (at least 100 books loaded onto each one) as well as her NLS talking book machine that she calls and requests new books for about 1-2 times a month. In fact, we've been doing everything she can to *stop* her from reading (actual books) the last six months, because we found that the more she tried (even just on her own and for pleasure), the more she fell into sight-guessing habits. The only time she is supposed to be reading
  8. This has been our (limited) experience as well. With lots and lots of hard and focused work, dd's reading improved maybe 1.5 grade levels in the last 10-12 months (which was GREAT!! don't get me wrong here!!), but in that same time span, the books she likes and listens to and wants to be able to read went from a 2-3 grade level, to a 4-7 grade level. Boo. So she feels even more behind/incompetent snd even less able to read what she'd like to read. 😛 What did you do for fluency? I feel like dd is getting *better* at words in isolation (e.g., a nonsense word game), but loses all that progr
  9. I hear you. My dd loves the Spalding program (many similarities to AAS/AAR), and even spells pretty well when we're doing the lessons. But as you say, there is no retention. More importantly, the Spalding lessons do not seem transfer over to reading for my dyslexic kiddo. (It worked just fine for one of my others, though, and I still love the program.) I feel like she's finally making progress, but we really had to take it down to basics. Things like "Say fry... Now say fry but instead of /r/, say /l/." "Say split. Now say split but without the /l/." These exercises were almost impossib
  10. I would absolutely run and not use her then!! Especially given your other thread on the AL board -- this is EXACTLY the problem we had with my dd! People spent almost a full year telling me she was not dyslexic because of (insert comment about her reading be "about right" or "at or above grade level" or "on par for age, since she's still young" here), before I found someone willing actually do the phonemic/phonological testing!!
  11. FWIW, our neuropsych wouldn't do dyslexia testing, despite that being one of two primary reasons we sought an eval (the other being anxiety/emotional issues). And he never even told me straight up he wasn't going to test for dyslexia, so I was super ticked when I got our results back, and all he had done was a basic reading test - I think one of the Woodcock Johnson III subtests. No looking at RAN, no phonological processing / phonemic awareness, no other language skills at all, nothing. He said that they can't test for actual dyslexia because insurance wouldn't cover it (and since dd was read
  12. My oldest takes his first standardized test tomorrow! It's a first in our little homeschool, and I'll be so proud if he even makes it through the whole thing!! lol. I have no idea how it'll go, since he seemed completely lost when I went over the "this is what the test looks like" packet this week. It may be a colossal fail, but at least he'll have gained some experience (which is the main reason he's taking it.) ETA: He made it through! Exhausted by the end, but still made it through! Asked when he'd get his score and almost cried when I told him about 2.5 months... lol.
  13. I really like Sherlock, but he's definitely a jerk and a druggy. Maybe not in *every* story, but overall... lol. I had to re-read it as an adult as well.
  14. Thanks! After reading this thread through again, I set up an Alcumus account for him to start, and he really enjoyed it. It was obvious that thinking the math and reading the solutions was just so much easier for him than what we've been doing. He got green on all of chapter 1 already (granted, it's an easy chapter!!! lol) and I'm curious how he gets to blue, if it automatically puts him on the next topic once he hits green?
  15. I wonder... Are there other newspapers that she could contact? Our newspaper has a place you can submit anything you think is newsworthy (and will obviously be vetted). Maybe they don't have the authority to change the rules, but maybe some publicity would get them to take notice and change the rules...? It's good that she's able to accept that this was part of the deal from the beginning. But still disappointing to not get to move on!
  16. Wow! That's such a relief to hear!! I've been totally bogging him down in writing and feel so much better about considering easing up on that. Somehow I felt like I'd be "cheating" him of the AoPS experience if I let him slide without writing out full solutions to all the problems. Thank you both so much!!
  17. DS9 loves his PreAlgebra, but we're only just finishing up chapter 1 (it's only done occasionally). So far, I've been sitting with him while he does it so that I can scribe (he has difficulty writing), and also so that I can model appropriate conventions, like lining up the equals sign, justifying things (e.g., writing "by commutativity" or "by the definition of a reciprocal"), number the problems, etc. I'd like to get him more independent, but I fear it will come at the cost of him writing things out well. As is, he struggles to write out any work in BA, and I have to coach him to get hi
  18. I feel like things change so crazy fast that I can't even think about this right now! In particular, ds9 loves AoPS PreA, but is nowhere near independent in terms of writing out his work well, so I still sit with him on the days that he wants to do that. But he's still had BA to work on when I want/need him to do something independent. But... he's finishing up BA5 in the next few months, and as of next year, I'll also be officially adding a 6 yo to the homeschooling mix, and the 4 yo will also be amping up what she wants to do (they do a lot together, but at different levels - if that makes
  19. I think this just blew my mind. (I'm pretty sure your comments often blow my mind!! lol.) She was so desperate to start ballet this year (spent 6 months asking! at 2.5 yo!!), and she's spent the entire time after the first month not wanting to go anymore. We've been scratching our heads trying to figure out what happened, talked with the teacher about what's going on in class (we watch the class, but didn't know if we'd missed something), and going back and forth on letting her quit (their show is in a month and she wants to be on stage with the nice costume, despite not wanting to go to cla
  20. I'll look into it! I honestly have no idea if she went straight to walking... I can't remember exactly (4th child within a short span!), but I don't recall her skipping crawling (I'd like to think that would stand out to me?)
  21. Oh this is interesting. My dd7 is very musically inclined but really resists some songs and I've never seen a rhyme or reason for the ones that she resists. But she does have dyslexia and visual processing challenges, so maybe I'll see if I notice these kinds of trends in the songs that she dislikes next time it comes up! Not since 20 months. She passed everything, but had borderline scores for social-emotional skills and communication skills. But kids change a lot in 2 years and she's more than twice as old now as she was then! 🙂 Yeah, I think I definitely stumbled across some
  22. Yes and REU's are really great for figuring out what field you actually find interesting in terms of research. For example, my favorite classes were modern algebra classes in undergrad and grad school. Hands down, they were my favorite classes! But it turns out that I didn't really like the research in that field because it was so far removed from what I actually learned about in my classes. The nice thing about an REU is that they don't expect much specialized knowledge coming in; they teach you everything they want you to know at the beginning, and then they teach you *how* to learn the othe
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