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  1. Is the finger sucking son the one who is having orthodontics? DD13 sucked a finger, and it was causing an over jet. The orthodontist put an orthodontic crib in her mouth, so that she could not suck any more. It worked! You can ask the ortho, if he did not suggest it.
  2. Also, if he is willing to branch out, I think he would like The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper, which is rooted in Arthurian legend, though it is it's own story.
  3. Good lists by previous posters! Also look at the The Squires' Tales and The Knights' Tales series by Gerald Morris. They are written for middle school readers, and are a lot of fun. A more lighthearted take on the original stories. And there are a bunch of them. There is also a series called The Lost Years of Merlin by T. A. Barron, which is a fantasy about Merlin as a boy. Not classic Arthurian stories, but I think they would be enjoyable for a boy who likes Camelot. Has he seen the recent movie The Boy Who Would be King? It's a modern day Arthurian story. Fun fact: the main character is played by Louis Ashbourne Serkis, son of Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings movies.
  4. We were at the end of the treatment. We'd used that ortho for several years for my younger three to get through their first stage, and we only had a few months left, so it wasn't worth paying any money to anyone else.
  5. I understand your qualms! I was worried when DD17 had hers out. She had it done early, at age 15, because they were preventing her 12 year molars from coming in. Everything went fine, although she was more swollen for a longer period of time than we expected. While some people are ready to return to normal activity a couple of days later, it took her about a week to gradually return to her normal activity level. I worried about that, because she missed more school and dance than I had anticipated, but it was all fine in the end.
  6. I think the emptying the pockets requirement is related to going through the full body scanner instead of the traditional walk through metal detector. The airports we went through had everyone going through the full body scanners, and the walk through metal detectors were not in use.
  7. Yikes. I'm glad I didn't know that before our recent trip.We've only flown on Allegiant the one time.
  8. Check with your insurance regarding what they will pay for. Our plan (Blue Cross Blue Shield) will not cover educational testing for dyslexia and other LDs. Because it can be done for free through the public schools. But they will cover testing for things such as ADHD and sometimes autism or other developmental issues that can affect learning. Every insurance plan has different guidelines, so you will need to see. We've had three kids tested by neuropsychs using the same insurance, and what they have covered has varied, since my kids' needs are varied. Some providers don't take insurance but will give you the information that you need to submit the bill to the insurance company yourself for reimbursement. We are doing that ourselves this summer, because we are using an out of network psych for some evaluations. As for a health savings plan -- it's possible, and the provider should know. I agree that $500 is a good deal. Our psych evaluations have been close to $2000.
  9. I would use the SLP that gives the more extensive testing and reporting, even though she is farther away. While you are deciding, you can also research educational psychologists. If you suspect anything other than a language issue (such as a math disability or ADHD), I would use a psych instead of an SLP. But if you are just exploring the dyslexia/reading issues, I think the SLP you describe is okay. The only thing I wonder -- and I really don't know -- is if an SLP is licensed to provide an official learning disability diagnosis, or whether she can tell you what is going on but is not allowed to diagnose. I don't know what the licensing rules are. An educational psychologist would undoubtedly cost more. I think you could go either way. Keep in mind that kids with LDs often need to be evaluated more than one time over their childhood. If they go to college, for example, the college will want the testing to be recent; if they go to public school at some point, the school repeats testing every three years -- so updating testing is common. So you can decide that the SLP evaluations are sufficient for now and accept that you may do additional testing later. Because the SLP has a narrower focus than a psych and will not be testing as wide of a range of things. You may find eventually that some of those other areas are also concerning. And that's not unusual, either. What we see and understand about our kids at age 7 is not identical to what we see in them at age 12 or 16. As an example, DD13 had her dyslexia testing with a neuropsych just as she turned ten. She just turned 14, and we are looking more into the ADHD question now (the NP thought ADHD back then but did not diagnose). It can be an ongoing exploration.
  10. I wouldn't change the plans to take a train instead. He will be fine!! Both of you may feel nervous, but after it all works out, he will have a new life skill, and it will be great for him.
  11. I agree with everything in your post except for this. We had to empty our pockets completely. It's a new thing. Or perhaps it varies, depending upon airport. But he should be prepared to have to do it.
  12. Ick!! We had a case of lice about two years ago. We did use one of the professional treatment places, because I just couldn't deal with the hair myself. We were busy enough washing all of the bedding, clothing, etc. So sorry you are going through it again!
  13. I would paint it white. I think with the trim outlining it like that, and the color of the door seeming to match the walls, it highlights the white trim color too much, like a white rectangle is drawn on a gray (green?) wall. Even though it seems like a white door would stand out more, I think it would blend in better if the door matched the trim.
  14. Although I've had two children tested by a COVD, neither needed vision therapy, so I can't speak about that. But I will chime in about two minor things in this thread. First, go ahead and ask the orthodontist how often they will need to see your son in office. At one orthodontist we went to, it varied, but at our current ortho, the appointments are at regular times --- always five weeks apart for my boys, and always ten weeks apart for my daughter. So it can be predictable, and you can just ask. One thing to be aware of is that orthodontic things can break, and you might need to have an appointment on quick notice. Brackets can come off and need to be reattached. Wires can come lose and start poking the sides of the mouth, etc. We moved while my kids were still in braces and had to drive 2.5 hours back for the ortho appointments. So a five hour round trip. This was annoying for the regular appointments, but was actually a problem for those emergency times. There were times that we had to drive all of those hours for a 5 minute fix, which was really not fun. And times where the kids had to wait a few days or a week for us to fit a trip into our schedule. So I would be a little wary about traveling too far away. But I am generally risk averse, and other people probably wouldn't change travel plans. I guess it just depends on how far you were planning to go. Secondly, this is just my personal opinion, but I am also leery about Brain Balance. They just hire people and show them what to do. So the employees do not really have specialized training. Compare that to an occupational therapist, who has at least a master's degree and perhaps a doctorate. And OT may be covered by insurance, whereas BB is not. I'm not saying that BB can't help people; I'm just saying I personally would not choose to use them and would go to an OT instead. Also, I am wondering if the suggestion for an APD screening was due to something they noticed during the evaluation, or if it was due to something that you said when you told them why you were there. I am not against APD screening and had it done for one of my kids. I think it's worth looking into. But also if someone has dyslexia, the trouble with discriminating and remembering sounds can seem like APD when it is not. Yes, you need to get a special screening, and it would not have been done during the regular hearing check. Another way to go would be to have an ENT appointment, if your pediatrician would refer him for one, since he had some ear issues previously. The ENT that we went to had an audiologist on their team, so we were able to get both a medical and audiologist appointment in the same session. And a language screening test, as well, by an SLP. It was at a children's hospital, and they worked as a team. I think that addressing the vision issues is a good first step. And checking out the hearing. But since your original post was about reading, I would not put off finding a psych or SLP to run the CTOPP. That is a test for phonological processing (dyslexia). So I would do the VT and look into hearing, and then I would get the CTOPP. If the CTOPP shows concerns, you can then decide if you want to move toward more complete educational testing by a psychologist who can diagnose learning issues. It's always tricky to figure out the order to do things, but that's what I would do, I think. PeterPan would insert testing for retained reflexes into my list. We haven't had experience with that, so I didn't include it, but if you do some reading online and think there are issues with reflexes, add it in. So many screenings and tests, I know. It can seem endless, but you just tackle one thing at at time and then go to the next.
  15. You don't need to choose a pediatric dentist (obviously), but is is worth looking into the options before you decide that they aren't the right choice. My kids are now in school, so our schedule is different. But when we were homeschooling, I also had no child care available. Like another poster, I would schedule my own appointment at my own dentist for the first appointment (7 am ish) of the day, so that I would be back before DH had to leave for work. I would do that also for my own appointments with a doctor. What about finding a pediatric dentist for the kids. Then you and your husband can go to the same dentist as each other, schedule your appointments back to back, and take turns watching the kids in the waiting room. When my kids turned 14, our pediatric dentist would schedule each of them for an hour appointment. When they were under 14, their appointments were 30 minutes. I know you are confident that you are getting good care, but in my experience, getting through five appointments in an hour seems unusually quick. That, plus the dentist's willingness to have people under his care without even looking at them regularly -- I would have concerns with the quality of the care, even though the logistics are working for you. I hope you are able to find another office that will work for you. I've had my own issues with handling all of my kids at appointments without help, and I know it can be tricky to work it all out. It is a lot easier now that they are older.
  16. I agree with calling the police and asking if it is legal and ask if they will patrol through your neighborhood more regularly to observe what is happening. My dad owned a golf cart, and he would let the kids drive it up and down his street, just for fun, while he rode beside them. But not until they were perhaps age 10 and up, and not alone, and his house happens to be the only one on his street. So there were a lot of safety things in place there that made me okay with it. I am very safety conscious, and I would not let a young child ride a lawn mower, as mentioned by a previous poster. My sister-in-law's brother died when he was four or five after falling off a tractor (they lived on a farm). He was run over by a cart being towed behind it. His dad was driving. I also knew of a young boy who had a serious life long injury to his foot when driving a lawn mower. So I know that others allow it, but I just won't risk it. We didn't let the kids ride on DH's lap when he was mowing, when they were little, either. The golf cart thing as described by the OP would bother me a lot. Not only out of concern for the children riding in it, but also because they may be a danger to other traffic and pedestrians in the neighborhood.
  17. Every dentist that we have gone to has checked my children's teeth every single time, even though the hygienists clean them, and I would not accept otherwise. I would find another dentist. Is this a dentist that specializes in children? We have always taken our children to a children's dentist, and they are good at working with children and parents. At our current place, I have had to adjust how I schedule the appointments, because they will put the kids in separate rooms with different hygienists, and I end up running back and forth to see how things are going, which is annoying and a little stressful. I need to hear about what is happening with one of my kids in particular, because he will not relate to me anything that he is told. We preferred our old dentist, because they had a large exam room with multiple chairs, so that all of my kids could be in the same area at the same time. But we don't live there any more, so I've adjusted. I used to take all four of my kids at once. When they were really little, DH would go with me, so that a parent could always be observing. As they got older, I took them by myself. In the last couple of years, I have scheduled them two by two instead of all four at once, and even though that means more visits to the dentist, it has made the process go better, because my attention is not as divided. So if I were you, I would look for a different dentist, preferably a children's specialist. And I would schedule all appointments for two kids at a time instead of doing all at once.
  18. So you are homeschooling, and these are outside providers for math? Do you have to use an outside provider? Instead, could you do MUS geometry next year, which is considered light and evidently can be done in less than a school year (haven't used it, but this is what I've read on other threads)? Easing up on the math for a year allows you some extra time and brain space for her to do language intervention. You could supplement the geometry with work on word problems and with regular review of algebra, so that she does not forget what she learned. Or if she has to use an outside provider, can you find something that is not an honors level?
  19. I am going out on a limb here and lifting this quote from your foreign language thread, because I wanted to respond to it in light of the information in this current thread. To be blunt, I would have concerns about expecting her to be ready for dual enrollment in two years. She is going into 10th, and you are thinking dual enrollment for 12th. That does not seem realistic to me, given the depth of her language disability. I would anticipate for her to need more time in high school level material, not less. I know you did not ask for opinions about that, but I felt I should say something.
  20. If you need a writing curriculum idea, I'd suggest looking at either Writing Skills by Diana Hanbury King or IEW. Both are used often by students with writing difficulties, but they each have a different method. You can consider which might work best. For either of those programs, you would have to use it as a framework to hang your intervention on; meaning use their method but adapt it for her needs. For non-creative writing, she may do well with graphic organizers or learning a basic paragraph structure that she can always follow. That sort of thing does not always result in the most elegant writing, but it helps get it done.
  21. It sounds like your daughter has had a lot of exposure to the written word, and I would just discount that aspect of the description. I have found over the years that there are always things in those kind of definitions that don't fit my kids. I tend to niggle away at it in my mind and try to figure it out, but the reality is that everyone is different. Let me tell you, if all children could avoid reading disabilities by being in a literature rich home with lots of exposure to books and reading, then my kids would have had no trouble with reading. I worked in bookstores and libraries and was an English major and have a master's degree in children's literature, of all things. I read to my kids for hours daily from the time they were infants. And, yup, two out of four have reading disabilities. And they don't like to read, either. That's just how it is sometimes. So I wouldn't dwell too much on the biological versus environmental thing. You didn't do anything to create this issue; her brain is just wired differently for reading, and it doesn't really matter what caused that. I don't know about orthographic dyslexia, because DD13 has the phonological disability, but I imagine that the intervention would be similar. Those things listed in the above definition would still be helped by an OG program, for example.
  22. Well, take heart, because you are doing so many things right!! And it's going to really benefit her. I was convinced that DD13 had dyslexia by the time she was five and suspected it at age 4, but I had no clue what to do about it. I didn't even know how to get it diagnosed. I had never even heard of a neuropsychologist or that you could get private testing for LDs, and I didn't know anyone in the community to ask, after the pediatrician wasn't much help. The dyslexia school told me that they weren't concerned after giving her their bogus screener. My MIL who had been a reading teacher for 20 plus years didn't have a clue about dyslexia and just said, "some people don't learn to read using phonics, so try something else." Yeah, right!! I hadn't found the WTM boards yet, and I didn't know anyone else who had a kid with reading troubles. I called the school to inquire about evaluations, and I found them reluctant to work with a homeschooler (I was just starting to educate myself on the laws back then). I was searching, searching, and I felt at a loss. And teaching her during those early years was hard, hard, hard, but she made enough progress that she could fool people into thinking that she was able to read (even the guy at that dyslexia school). Then I found the LC boards, and I finally had someone in real life (after private school entrance testing) tell me that they thought she had dyslexia, and I started to make some connections with people who knew things, and we got her evaluated. And then I learned about OG and found a tutor. But by that time she was 10. So you are really doing well to be identifying and finding ways to help your daughter when she is only 7. Early intervention is a big, big plus.
  23. Actually, Allegiant does not take cash for their onboard snacks and drinks -- only credit/debit. He should be able to use his debit card just about anywhere. But if his host pays for something, and your son wants to offer to pay half (buying a pizza, for example, or giving some money towards gas if they drive somewhere), he should have some money for that kind of thing. So maybe for things when he gets off of the plane, but he can probably use the debit card for anything inside the airport. Will he need to take a taxi or bus? It seems that most places accept plastic now, but transportation could be an area where he might want some cash. If he takes a shuttle bus from the airport, for example, he might want to offer the driver a small tip. Since he is not taking a bag other than his backpack, tipping should be minimal, though. Not knowing what kind of things he might want to pay for, I think $100 -- a few twenties and then a selection of smaller bills -- would more than enough cash. On our recent family vacation, we used very little cash, even for six people over a week's time. It's a good idea for him to carry his cash in more than one place -- some in his wallet, some in a pocket of his backpack.
  24. DD17 did 700 and 800 before algebra, but it's been too many years now for me to remember clearly whether she reached the very end of 800 or not. (Also, DH was helping her with math those years, so I was less involved). I will say that she was well prepared for algebra in 9th grade when she switched to brick and mortar school. And I was not always sure that she would be, because math was hard for her. Can your son do some math over the summer? Long breaks are not always good for retention, anyway. If you go through the last books but skip the tests and quizzes, you can save a bunch of time. And you can also move more quickly if you combine lessons. Do two days' worth of the new material daily but only one of the review sections. This allows you to get through two lessons per day without spending twice the time. With these time saving strategies, he can cover all of the material in less than half of the time. I wouldn't say that this is the preferrable way in general, but it allows him to be exposed to all of the teaching in the remainder of the program in a much shorter period of time. Which seems better than just skipping it.
  25. Thanks! This is what I always believed, but another parent said differently at a missions trip meeting, indicating that their son had had a problem with his passport being accepted after he turned 18. I think he may have not quite understood what the issue in his situation was. But it caused me to wonder, and I wasn't able to figure it out by researching online. Although the passports are not called child and adult passports, there are some differences in rules, based on age.
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