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  1. I was told that the tests she was given ( I am assuming the DAS) did test rapid naming, but I don't see a specific score for that. I have scores for a verbal and non verbal reasoning cluster,and scores for working memory processing speed. DD was given a phonological processing subtest and I have scores from that as well. The report also states that DD's phonological processing speed is average and there is nothing to suggest that DD's difficulties have to do with phonological awareness. There is a significant difference between her DAS verbal score and her Woodcock-Johnson reading rate score, which is why psych concluded DD to have a reading fluency disability. Should she have been given other tests? I may decide to give Barton a try since it seems to have a stronger fluency component, and it seems to be what she needs.
  2. This was a private eval, however the psych is an NCSP (nationally certified school psychologist)
  3. I am looking of my report, and my child was given the following tests: Differential Ability Scales, Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement, and Behavior Assessment for Children.I asked about the CTOPP, but was told that the tests that my daughter was given would be able to assess the same things. The psych told me to use a curriculum that has a fluency component, and gave me a list of public school curricula: Read Naturally, Corrective Reading Level A, Read Well, and Voyager Universal Literacy systems. Psych said we could continue to use AAR, and focus on fluency, which we have been doing. We have been using the controlled readers within AAR, however DD will sometimes pick out a book to read. After reading your response, I am thinking maybe our psych did not give my DD the appropriate tests. I am also thinking Barton might be a better fit for us.
  4. Hello All, I have posted before and my 8 year DD is a struggling reader. We had an eval and the psych stated she is not dyslexic, but has a reading fluency disability. We have been using AAR and she is almost done with level 2. Her reading has improved, and she is very good at decoding words. She is a slow reader, so in addition to AAR, (thanks to recommendations here) we have been working on fluency by drilling AAR phrases and the fry instant phrases. She is showing progress, slowly, but still progressing. I feel like we are doing pretty well, but I am a bit discouraged because today during read aloud time, her almost six year old sister wanted to try to read the chapter book I am currently reading aloud to them. I of course didn’t discourage younger DD, so younger DD started to read, only to be interrupted by a huge outcry from DD8. DD8 started carrying on and crying and yelling at her sister to stop reading. DD8 didn’t explain why she was yelling at her sister, but to me it was obvious. She did not like the fact that DD5 was successfully reading a chapter book, something DD8 is unable to do. Older daughter has made a few comments about DD5’s ability to read with ease, but never an outburst like today. Later, DD8 picked out a book to read to me, Dr. Seuss’s “One Fish, Two Fish†and that discouraged me even more. She knew every word in that book, but it was slow, very slow, with a few mistakes. I am not sure what I was expecting, or what I am even asking, but should I continue to do what I am doing? My older daughter is making what I think is pretty good progress, but then I have moments of doubts like I have today. Do I change older DD's curriculum? Do I change younger DD's curriculum? I have thought about changing DD5’s reading curriculum so their levels in ability are not so obvious, but I think it is already obvious by the sheer fact that my younger DD can just pick up a book and start reading, something my older DD would never do. I guess I am asking, should I keep doing what I am doing? and Is there anything I should do about my younger DD? I or course don’t want to discourage my 5 year old from reading. Any input is much appreciated. Thanks for listening :)
  5. My 5 year old (she will be six in 2 months) is ready to begin AAR 2, but I would like to do a different reading curriculum with her. I love AAR, but my Dd8 is a struggling reader and is currently at the same level. Dd8 is making comments about how Dd5 knows more and is smarter than her. The only thing I can think of is changing Dd5's reading curriculum so the fact that they are on the same level isn't so apparent. Am I right in thinking this or is there another solution? If so, can someone suggest a reading curriculum for my younger Dd? I don't want to break the bank, but I am used to the scriptedness and thoroughness of AAR.
  6. The psych report states: Diagnostic Impression: Learning Disability in the area of reading fluency. So I am guessing that means yes to the diagnosis of an SLD for reading. Thanks for the recs on NLS and Bookshare, I was not aware of these resources, and will ask psych if she can sign off on those.
  7. No, I haven't. One reason I haven't done that yet, is that my daughter recently had her eyes checked by an opthalmologist and everything was showing as normal. I am guessing I have to specifically go to a COVD optometrist? What would I be testing her for? Tracking issues?
  8. Hi all, I had my DD7 (second grade) tested for dyslexia and just had a meeting with the psych yesterday. Turns out she is not dyslexic. Psych did comment that her scores in reading fluency indicate that she is well below grade level in that area. Psych said that DD has good phonological awareness, is able to decode words well, and does better when reading words in isolation. This reaffirmed what I have already been seeing at home. I think because we have been using good phonics programs (AAR, I See Sam books, ETC) she is good at decoding words. When reading sentences however, she is painfully slow, ignores punctuation, and reads like a robot. She.... reads.... so.... slow...., it does try on my patience at times. It such a stark difference to my DD5 who already reads with expression. Anyway, psych told me that DD's lack of fluency is more than likely due to her anxiousness. My daughter is an anxious kid, she's a perfectionist, and gets easily upset when she makes a mistake. I am not thoroughly convinced that this is why she is not fluent though, but that was the reason I was given. At this point I don't really care about the reason, I just would like her to become more fluent. Psych diagnosed her with a reading fluency disability, which will give my daughter extra time on standardized tests. The homeschool umbrella we are in requires standardized testing in 3rd grade, so I am grateful for the extra time. My questions are: I have never heard of a reading fluency disability, is this really a thing? Have you ever heard of someone not being fluent due to anxiety? And really my most important question: What can I do to help my daughter become more fluent? Psych suggested timed readings and re-readings (we have done re-readings, but nothing timed) and lots of read alouds and audiobooks (we already do that a ton). Anything else I need to be doing? Thanks for reading my ramblings and thanks for your help!
  9. Hi all, Thank you to everyone who has been so helpful in answering my questions in the past. My DD7 is going to a neuropsych tomorrow to be tested. My husband and I had an initial meeting with the psych a couple weeks ago and it went well. I didn't think she would be tested for awhile since the psych said she was backed up, but we found out the psych had a cancellation and is able to fit us in tomorrow. My question is, I haven't discussed any of this with my DD and we will have to tell her tonight that she will be doing this tomorrow. She is only 7, and doesn't know what dyslexia is, but she is fully aware of her reading troubles. We haven't talked about it lately, since we've taken a break from school for the summer, so I guess I am just not sure how to broach the subject. I feel like if I tell her she's being tested, she might be nervous. Does anyone have any words of advice about the best way to explain this to her? Thank you!
  10. Thank you! I have a good set of questions to bring now. I am hoping the psych is homeschool friendly, but I am not sure. I am trying to prepare for anything and everything. Thanks for your advice!
  11. Hello all, You have all been so helpful in the past and I wanted to get your opinion on this. My DH and I are meeting with a psychologist tomorrow for an initial meeting to discuss my 7 year old daughter's reading difficulties. The psych meets with parents first before doing any initial testing with the child. I have already filled out a bunch of forms the psych sent us regarding my daughter's development, milestones, and difficulties, to bring to the meeting. To back up a bit, I decided to pursue this because my dd has had a difficult time learning to read. I have posted before, but for those of you who do not know, my dd confuses b and d, has slow, choppy reading, drops suffixes (reading "run" instead or "running), and incorrectly reads words I think she should already know. Example: the other day she read the word "bag" as "baj" (with a soft g). All this to say that we are having our initial meeting tomorrow with the psych, and I wanted to know what questions should I ask? Anything I should be sure to tell psychologist that I may not be thinking about? Any other tips to prepare for the meeting? Thanks for your help!
  12. Yes, I think I will try my best to get the evals done. I am investigating whether or not our insurance might be able to cover some of it. Her math is going well. Her teacher at co-op was initially concerned about her math because they give them math worksheets, and DD was getting lots of problems wrong. We came to find out that they don't read the directions to the kids. When we read the directions, she gets every problem right. She is also good at word problems, but we have to read them to her. As long as she knows what she's supposed to do in math, she does well.
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