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  1. I've been looking into the Great Courses Plus stuff a little bit too. Can anyone tell me about the quality of the lectures?
  2. Wow! You guys are busy! I'm recovering from a dead computer--getting the software all installed on my new PC etc. I think my files were all backed up. We're on summer break. This week, dd will be off to camp and I'm going to try to get lots of writing done. We're taking one more week off after that, and then we're going to be digging into a math page a day over the summer, and working on developing some "life skills," because I've really slacked off on that kind of thing with the kids since my stroke. In between we'll be trying to clean up the house a bit (also still suffering from post-str
  3. Wow. What a mess. They handled that all wrong. If you decide you want to push things further with the charter, here's a little light (not) reading that might be helpful. :) http://www.wrightslaw.com/You can seek mediation and/or a due process hearing (that's easier if you didn't sign the IEP, and/or put your objections to the IEP in writing and gave it to the school, and you'd want to have experts independent of the school--like your therapist--who can testify about the chid's abilities and needs and how the school should be meeting them). If not, I think that's totally understandable. Y
  4. I wouldn't argue about it either. If she's that obnoxious about it, you're not going to change her mind, and I'm guessing if you're having a meeting with a person in that position there are probably bigger fish you're trying to fry and it would be counterproductive to make a stink over semantics. One option, if she corrects you again in the future, would be to just gently say that you're using the term "homeschooler" in the colloquial sense, not the legal sense, and ask her which term she would prefer that you use in discussing matters with her. Then use whatever term she suggests, and get on
  5. Critter - those sound like migraine headaches to me. Next time, something to try would be to take some Benadryl. For me, that works as well as the prescription stuff they gave me for migraines. ------ So...I'm sneaking back in after a couple of off weeks--not weeks off, mind you, but off weeks. Sometimes I just have to remind myself that I really can't do all the stuff I want to, or used to be able to do, and that I should be happy with half a to-do list finished and a good night's sleep when I can manage it. I'm really glad the kids are old enough to manage their own laundry (whoever would
  6. I'm not really sure. It's a very individualized process. In our case there were "behavioral issues" that a teacher couldn't manage while trying to also teach a class full of kids and it was obvious to everyone that an extra pair of adult hands was necessary.
  7. You're very welcome. I've been to a lot of IEP meetings...heh. I don't know everything, but I have picked up some good info over the years. If you have other questions, please ask, and if I don't see it give me a nudge through private message. I don't read everything on the forum and might miss it. Oh, and something else good to know might be that you can actually waive some of the options they offer if you don't need or want or like them. Sometimes they need you to waive it in writing, but that's to cover their own rears so that if someone federal comes to check up on them, and says why
  8. So about that "specific learning disability" label. (My daughter got this tag too.) The thing is, IEPs operate under the IDEA law (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). To qualify for help under IDEA, the child has to be shown (through the evaluation process) to have a disability, the disability has to negatively impact their ability to learn, and they must require specialized instruction to learn effectively (whatever alterations are made to the regular program to accommodate the disability). Having a medical diagnosis isn't enough. A child can have a proven, medically diagnosed d
  9. OneStepAtATime brings up a very good point. Most teachers actually have very little education about or experience with learning (or other) disabilities. You'd think that would be part of getting a teaching degree, but it turns out that unless they're specifically going into the field of special education, most teachers have only one or maybe two semesters worth of classes that cover ALL disabilities lumped together all at once. So they might have read a couple of paragraphs about any given disability and spent ten minutes on it in class ten years ago, and that's all they know about it. Don't a
  10. I haven't ever used a charter school, so I'm not familiar with exactly how all that works. I do know that in my state, the charters are considered part of the public school system even though they're not affiliated with the local public school district, and they are supposed to follow all the same legal requirements as the other public schools, including providing special education services when needed. In reality, though, the charter schools really don't have very good special education services (depending on the specific needs) so a lot of the special ed kids wind up back in a regular public
  11. P.S. If it hasn't already been done, make sure they check her thyroid levels, and vitamin D levels. And there are a few other physical things like that that can sort of mimic depression. Prozac won't do the job if what she really needs is a thyroid boost.
  12. My only regret about putting my son on Prozac is that I didn't do it sooner. Seriously. Changed his life. The one side effect we've seen with him is that he sleeps more, which in his case is a very good thing. As a person with chronic depression issues myself, I want to point out that different depression medications have different effects for different people. For me, Prozac sort of greys everything out so it doesn't matter as much--the dark scary stuff doesn't matter as much, but neither does the happy stuff, or the stuff that really SHOULD bother you. But it's not like that for my son, a
  13. First of all, hugs! IEPs can be really stressful! Secondly, yes, I think it would be appropriate to talk to the boss/administrator about having a different teacher. It sounds like the boss/administrator was pretty open to finding a good way to work together, even making workable suggestions. You could just tell him/her that you don't feel your current teacher is a good fit, and you'd like to see if things go more smoothly with someone else. Thirdly, assuming you're in the United States, YOU are as much a member of the IEP team as anyone else, and they should be taking you as seriously
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