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  1. Thanks, I was wondering if I should do something like this, so to have it spelled out is good. They've really been a great district so I don't think it will be a problem.
  2. The speech therapist didn't really say that he needed more therapy or that he has issues. She just kept bringing things up, and then dismissing them. Like when she noticed he was having difficulty coming up with sentences, she mentioned that there is a condition that prevents people from being able to organize their thoughts (or however she worded it), but then she would say that she doesn't think that that is his problem. Or when she first watched him cut with a scissors, she asked if he had physical therapy, but then concluded that he's actually doing fine. Things like that.
  3. I'm not sure he has an IEP. He had testing done by the school when he was about 4 at my request. No further testing was ever suggested, and I didn't really think about it. So I guess I could ask for another evaluation.
  4. He was tested when he first started receiving speech services and the tests showed that speech was all he needed. That was years ago, however, and I guess the other issues didn't show up. I never thought of testing again. An official diagnosis didn't seem necessary. I can see why you would want to in a public school setting, but since I was the one teaching him, he was already getting individualized instruction.
  5. This actually sounds a lot like my son. He was slow to walk (20 months). I'm not sure he can ties shoes, because I gave up on shoes with ties a long time ago. It might be time to introduce them again. His grammar is right on, but it took him a long time to get pronouns right. He was very slow with handwriting. I actually wrote for him the first few years for his school work. He even had trouble with his numbers although he loved math. So I wrote his numbers, too, so he wouldn't grow to dislike math. He fell in love with math, though, and started writing page after page of math equations so that helped his overall handwriting. He's a bit awkward in sports. Writing in school is like pulling teeth. Not the physical act of writing anymore, but coming up with something to write seems like it's really hard. We've done oral and written narrations for years, and he's really struggled with this, although I see improvement. Even the simple act of coming up with sentences including a given word during the speech sessions is difficult for him. His four-year old sister is better at it than him. This one confuses me because I know he can do it. The speech therapist mentioned it, but concluded that it didn't point to a disorder. She also mentioned his slow way of using a scissors, and asked if he ever had physical therapy, but then again decided he was just being extra careful. He can talk your ear off about math, or anything else that he's really interested in. I know any given task I give him, no matter how simple, will be preceded by a couple questions and take much longer than it would take his brothers. Academically, he scored a composite score in the 99th percentile on his CAT this year.
  6. I really appreciate each and everyone of you that have given input on this post. It's a lot to absorb and process and I'm sharing with my husband so we can decide what to do from here.
  7. Thanks ladies for the recommendations. You've given me some things to think about. The speech teacher actually recommended that I might want to see a neurologist (she said she'd give me a referral if I wanted one), but it would all be an out of pocket expense since our insurance doesn't cover that type of thing. His smile is better since he's been doing mouth exercises. We had our last meeting yesterday and she said she'd contact me in spring and if I want to continue speech it's up to me. I just wanted to say that in her defense. I feel like she's helped a lot and she's not just pushing me out the door.
  8. My son has been in speech through our local school system for years and has made huge improvements. He's 11 years old now and my speech teacher says he's ready to graduate, but I'm having my doubts. She was actually a new teacher this year. She's the first teacher to mentioned that low muscle tone is playing a part in his speech issues. The first one that had him do extensive mouth exercises to get his muscles working well. The first one to notice his very crooked smile. She asked me if he was ever in any accident that affected his face, or had any trauma at birth (both no). She says he's made huge progress, and that there is nothing more that she can do for him. He is making all his sounds correctly and he just needs the practice to put them into sentences consistently. She says it's always going to be harder for him because of low muscle tone. His tongue is just not as quick to reach all the positions. I didn't protest, because I'm at the point where I realize more years of therapy at school is probably not going to help a lot. I can do the same things at home. But is there something else I should look into? Is there something more I should be doing at home? His speech at best sounds like he has an accent. At worst, isolated words can be hard to understand. When he is excited or in a hurry it is the worst and can be difficult for others to understand. Where do I go from here? Lots of practice? Something else? His speech is improving each year, but will it ever get to normal?
  9. I'm sure you're right. It's probably a hopeless cause to make them different enough to clear up any copyright issues, yet useful for the purpose I think people would want to use them for and I should concentrate on something else. Thanks!
  10. I probably should have been more specific. I have made some worksheets for Rod and Staff English for my own kids. I really love the lessons that we have worksheets for. I know that Rod and Staff sells worksheets and we have used some of these, but they aren't complete. I was just wondering if I made complete worksheets to go with R&S if it would be possible to sell downloads. Of course, the lesson subjects would line up with the textbook (otherwise what would be the point?) but I wouldn't copy any of the problems in the book. It would be just much more motivating if I knew I could get more out of them than just our own use since it is a lot of work.
  11. If I created worksheets to go with a certain curriculum would that be breaking any copyright laws? I would use all my own examples and wording, but I would follow their table of contents. I'm thinking that that would be a problem, but I thought I'd ask here. And yes, I did a search here, and all I came up with is that old MoH thread. :)
  12. It took me a while, but I finally finished my website. Thanks again for the advice. (I want to go back and do some more things for SEO some time, but I just wanted to get it launched.)
  13. I also recommend Paula's Choice. Also, high doses of vitamin C and pantothenic acid could help.
  14. My husband uses it and I have friends that use it that have had good results. I'm always really skeptical about things like this, but I think it's worth looking into. I've seen too many people being helped by it. And these are people that I know well and trust. There probiotic especially is one of the best. My sister was able to get over years of battling with yeast infections while using it and my husband was helped with a lot of digestive issues.
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