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  1. My daughter got a diagnosis and referral for accommodations from a Psychologist, rather than an md. She saw one in the city where the college is and dealt with it herself. I don’t know what all it involved. The accommodations she was asking for where things like extra time on tests and a quiet testing environment rather than housing accommodations. I don’t know what the rules are about housing accommodations.
  2. Not okay to leave off the class at the community college. The places the daughter is applying to will want transcripts from any college she attended. Not submitting the transcript can potentially allow the college to revoke the admission. Don’t do this! It is totally okay to put the class with the tutor on the transcript. People do this all the time for foreign languages and many other things.
  3. It wasn’t Lukeion for Latin for us, it was Lone Pine Latin. The first year went fine. It was a lot of work but she did it and was mostly happy and proud of herself. The second year was a disaster. The difficulty went up, the volume of information went up, and the stress level went way way up. I wish I could say that we got out of it, but we didn’t and it was a massive mistake. She wanted the community. She wanted to feel special. She wanted to stay. So she did. And then the grades weren’t good and she was even more upset. It was a horrible loop. I can say we didn’t continue after the disastrous second year but she desperately wanted to. It was one of the very few decisions about classes I made over my kid’s objections. It was the right call. Looking back on it now, she agrees, but she was very angry at the time. Angry at me. Angry at Latin. Angry at everything. She is now taking German in college and is truly enjoying it. She did not take another foreign language in high school because the emotions were just too high. It didn’t cause issues with college applications for her, but the school she applied to has automatic acceptance with a high enough ACT score and she had that. Prioritize the mental health. I wish I had put a stop to the stress earlier.
  4. My daughter is like this sort of. She can be completely over reacting to pain but then there are times when she under reacts too. It is very strange and very hard to determine what is truly a medical problem that needs to be seen and what is not. She was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder when she was about six. It helped me more than it helped her. I understood what was going on and stopped being so upset with her for being her. She was given an autism diagnosis last year at 20. Since she has been on the lexapro it has gotten better. She has a better idea of what is the anxiety talking and what is a real problem that needs to be dealt with. She has gone to student health rather more than I would have expected, but so far they have been nothing but kind and understanding. For her the biggest thing was dealing with the underlying anxiety with appropriate medication.
  5. I need to tell someone and there is no one for me to tell in person, so... My daughter has been involved in a program at NAU that takes five years but you get a double major in a foreign language and a science/engineering/business degree. The fun part is that she spend the entire fourth year in the foreign country, part of it attending school and part of it on a internship experience. Well next school year is the year in a foreign country. And since she has been studying German, she is going to Germany! We just found out which school she will be attending and where she will be. She is going to the Technical University of Dortmund! I am excited! She is excited! This is truly being real! This is the program, if anyone is interested...
  6. My family and I have really enjoyed The Hive Mind books by Janet Edwards. My daughter especially loved it.
  7. This is the place my daughter took the AP English Language test. They offer a whole bunch of AP exams, but they don’t list the music theory one. I don’t know if that is because they are choosing not to or if no one has asked for it. You might try asking them. They are in Los Altos.
  8. Yes. Your normal could be a heightened state of on edge. If it has been going on long enough you might not remember a time when it was different.
  9. My oldest was diagnosed with asthma while at college from student health services. She goes running here at ground level with no issues but up in the elevation and cold temperatures of Flagstaff she was having issues. I don’t think any specific tests were done just lots and lots of questions. She does have a rescue inhaler and daily meds that have been changed at least twice because the first ones didn’t solve the problem. She does have anxiety issues that I am sure didn’t help. But she wasn’t faking this and student health believed her when she described the problem. I think they see a number of cases like this because of the elevation. The air is just thinner up there and that by itself can cause issues.
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    There are specific majors that one can get a degree in and be in ROTC, mostly they are math, science and engineering, but I think there are a some languages that also work. I looked it up. A list for the Air Force is below. This link has the majors for the Air Force. I believe the others are similar.
  11. Personally, it builds up to a constant dose after about a week. And then is pretty level. But I totally agree the effects at the beginning are astounding and amazing. The blue sky was bluer. The flowers were prettier. Everything was better. Then I got used to the world as a better place. And that was good too. (I am taking it for seasonal depression issues. I very literally need more sunshine and blue sky in my life than I can get easily. This helps level out the chemicals that make it easier for me to cope.)
  12. I haven’t found Wellbutrin to effect sleep at all. But it can (and did for me) effect appetite. It totally tanked my appetite for about a week. It was good for me but maybe not for everyone.
  13. My oldest is at Northern Arizona University and it is a WUE school. I know it says Arizona but it is in Flagstaff, very high in the mountains. It is not hot like Phoenix. In January, my kid in Arizona was COLDER than my kid in upstate New York! They have a computer science program. If Arizona is too far away then that is okay, but I wanted to put in a plug for m daughter’s school.
  14. Personally I delayed making that decision until I absolutely had to. For my oldest, with an October birthday, I taught her school work starting the fall when she was four almost five. But socially she didn’t fit well with that group or the group a year younger or really any group. She was extremely academically advanced but woefully behind in all the social things, most gross motor skills and just coping with life. She graduated at 18 and started her freshman year at college at 18 almost 19. We corrected to the label for entering kindergarten when she would have been five almost six. And recently, when she was a college sophomore, she got a label of high functioning autism. That was the explanation for the wide difference between academic output and social issues. She will be a junior this fall. For my middle child, also with an October birthday, I taught him school work starting the fall when he was four almost five too. Socially he fit in just fine with that group, the younger group, older kids... He was fine anywhere. He, too, was extremely academically advanced but mostly in science and math. His English skills lagged and his spelling was awful. In order to get him the advanced math and science classes he needed, he started at the local community college at 14 years old. I was still calling him a high school freshman but he was doing math and science at the college and ignoring all efforts to get him to do English or history. And then, about a year later, he decided that he wanted an associates degree. So he figured out what he needed to (with the help of the advisor at the college) and started taking the classes he needed. He graduated with that associates degree the summer he was 17. I finally gave in and gave him the high school diploma at the same time. He still did not have the four years of English or four years of history or health class or drivers ed or any art classes. But he had that associates degree and I decided that it made no sense to withhold the high school degree when he somehow had learned at least most of that material. He is started his junior year of college just before his 18th birthday. He will be a senior this fall. And then their is my youngest. His birthday is in May, a long way from questions about which grade he should be in. He is 15 and will start his sophomore year in high school. He loves English and writing. He despises math. He tolerates it only because I require it. But I am backing off on that too. I saw what happened with the middle kid. I am guessing that he will figure out math is important for something he needs in the future and then will get it done. He has the foundations. And so I continue to call him by the grade he would be in in public school and I wait. I can correct if I need to up until it is college application time. Then it is the last four years or so of classes to consider. All that to say, it depends. For one kid, I needed to give the extra year. For another, I needed to skip at least three grades. And for the last, I am treading water until I can figure it out. Three kids, three different answers.
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