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  1. I am so sorry. Holding your family in my thoughts.
  2. Thanks. LOL. So much conspiracy weirdness out there these days, it's hard to know what people are reading.
  3. I second Athleta for bra sized tops. They are pricey but well made.
  4. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.
  5. I am really appreciating the wisdom in this thread. Thank you!
  6. Can we just agree that this is a multifaceted problem. We have a mental health problem and a gun problem in this country. Until we address both problems we will continue to have these tragedies every twelve heartbreaking days.
  7. This is very controlling and not okay.
  8. My son soaked the bed every night until he was nine. We finally bought a bed wetting alarm, and it took only a few weeks for him to completely stop wetting the bed. Here is a link to the alarm we used. There are other brands that are less expensive and probably just as good. We needed wireless because my son sleeps without a shirt. Best of luck!
  9. Thank you RootAnn for the reminder and encouragement to do this. Even though my dd wouldn't normally gravitate towards either of the first week's books she thoroughly enjoyed both of them. It's so great when we step out of our comfort zones and discover that we like what's out there. She downloaded the second books today.
  10. LOL! In my past post I thought we were on the Middle Grades forum. I should have written that the folks on this board are knowledgeable.
  11. IMHO tutoring is great because someone has done this before so there is less of a learning curve for you, but it really isn't necessary all the time. It sounds like your daughter has some very solid skills, and I'll bet the two of you can tackle this together. I would encourage you to find a little time to have her read out loud to you every day. Just ten minutes or so. You can alternate pages or chapters so that it isn't too tedious for her. It will slow her down and force her to break down words she doesn't know, and it will give you and opportunity to stop now and then to talk about what you are reading; ask a lot of questions and help her activate the imagery of the story. I know there are some reading tests you can find online. I don't have a lot of time right now, but this weekend I will look and see if I can find them. They are mostly timed word lists where you mark how many mistakes they make and they can calculate a score. I also hope you get some ideas on the LC board. They are super knowledgeable over there.
  12. Mom of two dyslexics here. There are a few different programs for dyslexics that I recommend you look into. One is Barton. It is expensive, but extremely comprehensive. It is worth going to their web page and doing their free screening. There is High Noon Reading Intervention. I personally haven't used their program, but I have met several people who swear by it. When I look at their samples I am impressed and it is a fraction of the price of Barton. I don't think it is as comprehensive as Barton, but maybe enough for your situation. The last one is Dancing Bears reading and Apples and Pears Spelling. It is an unusual program that uses "synthetic phonics" to teach reading. For some kids this might not be enough, but it worked for my son (though it took us several years). I never thought he was going to learn to read. (He still can't spell but we are plugging away.) The main thing I have learned with my two kids is just to be consistent in the practice, whatever route you choose. Dyslexics can learn to read and read well (my dd who is severely dyslexic remembers everything she reads because she reads so slowly) but it's a harder task for them than for the rest of us and requires many hours of plugging away. Also, my kids listen to lots of audio books. If you have any questions let me know.
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