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  1. Part of my dd8's testing included a subtest that had her trying to guess an object based on a series of 5 clues that got progressively more specific. For each clue my daughter guessed a novel object without considering the sum of all the clues thus far. So what skill is it that has you synthesize information and come to a conclusion? So for example: if the first clue was something you wear, the second clue was something made of leather, and the third clue was you wear it on your feet, and she guessed socks. So she's not putting the clues together to build a more accurate picture of what
  2. I'm clearing out some curriculum that I don't need anymore to make way for new - anyone interested in buying Spell-Links to Reading and Writing from me? Selling for $250. I also have How Does Your Engine Run for $35
  3. I'm putting together a world cultures course for my elementary age kids and would like to beef it up for my middle school kid by adding quality literature for her to read that is set in each country we study... any ideas on how to search for books by setting? Good Reads seemed promising, but there's not an easy way to sort the results and the first few books I clicked on were adult themes... Or are there already curated lists of books for culture studies that I could pick off of that anyone knows about? Thanks!
  4. I suspect dyslexia, and am looking for as much information as I can get to help me help her learn and to enjoy learning. Right now she tends to be emotionally immature and has weak executive skills, and will do anything she can to get out of "hard work" whether chores or school... but school at least is just really difficult for her even after a lot of work with Barton and other interventions. We have a tourettes diagnosis and we are ruling out co-morbid stuff like ocd, adhd, and learning disabilities, mainly based on my concern about how difficult school is for her. I do not suspect adhd, th
  5. ok, that's what I was thinking. I was just bemoaning the fact that I couldn't get it all done at once, but honestly, if I'm not willing to dip into the emergency fund for it, why should I carry the interest on it? I'll see if I can get that portion done later in the year, or how it would work to complete that part separately another time. Thanks for the input!
  6. So we have the first half of the neuropsych testing for my daughter this week, and we have to make the decision as to whether we want to pay the $400 out of pocket for the academic testing or just do the other tests that the insurance will cover... I'm torn - and part of it is that we won't have the extra $400 until probably January, so we'd be looking at carrying that on our credit card until January. Or we just do all the rest of the testing and don't get the academic specific stuff, since I'm sure I'll get a lot of helpful info anyway that will apply to the academics... What would you
  7. if you haven't purchased it yet, I saw today that it's 40% off for a summer sale.
  8. I don't know yet, they haven't responded. This slp is very pregnant, and is working for a company that is a bit of a production farm...they are crazy busy all the time and share offices, and pump people in and out of there like crazy. It's an "everything" place with OT, PT, and Speech, and their OTs knew enough to mess my son with ASD up and had no clue how to fix it... I could go on and on about the OTs, but suffice it to say that I will never recommend OT at this place or take any of my kids there for OT ever again. They even have a therapy dog now... which is some small mutt that is v
  9. My goal was to gather data that I can't gather at home. I really wanted to see where her weak areas were and where her strong areas were so I knew where to focus my time (and I was hopeful for a professional who was worth my time to partner with me in helping my daughter). I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something. This child does not have ASD, that's my son. So anyway, what I did was contact the insurance agency, figure out what we are allowed to do, and then let the center know what we were going to do. I'm still waiting their response, because I emailed them instead of calling so tha
  10. I've got insurance and I've got medical assistance both and it's apparently company policy to not do more than 2 sessions of testing before continuing, but that was 2.5 hrs of time for just the TNL and CTOPP. The lady took forever to test and could have finished all 3 but moved like molasses and spent more time reading the directions for the test than testing, and she kept scoring sections right then instead of moving on. It's not so much that I want the CASL results as I wanted to have them finish what they said they would, and the therapist couldn't answer my questions because she didn'
  11. So my daughter's speech therapist and co. are annoying the heck out of me and I am so not one to fight a system, I'd rather just do it right and save the gas money. They are refusing to finish the CASL test because of "insurance" and the fact that they already finished the TNL and CTOPP. But they say it without making eye contact and without answering my questions about why they can't finish informally so I can have the info since they already started her test booklet. It's not like they can reuse the booklet now... even the therapist didn't understand why, she's just doing what she's told. An
  12. ok thanks for the heads-up! I've already got my Barton box back out and am refreshing myself on everything!
  13. The psych eval is not until probably January, so I am thinking about doing Barton 3 now, since I have it, but not sure what I want to do after that. I was talking to my sister-in-law about it today, she's a kindergarten teacher whose done 2 masters in reading instruction. Her advice was to try a program called Rime Magic, that teaches kids to recognize the small pieces of a word in order to build bigger words. They are using it at her school with 1st graders who are struggling. edited to add - after looking at it, I don't feel like it offers anything more than what I did with spell-links
  14. Ok that's what I was thinking. But how in the world does RAN/RAS impact reading so much though? No, I haven't worked on those at all... I guess I'm just struggling to understand how these scores indicate the severity of difficulty she's having learning to read. No, I've never wondered if she was on the spectrum. Other than some speech issues she's really no where near the diagnostic criteria. I'd say ADHD inattentive type if there is any other diagnosis in there - and I really am looking forward to getting the full neuropsych eval whenever that happens, I feel like that'll give me a bett
  15. So I got the CTOPP and TNL results back on my daughter, I'm not thrilled with the SLP who tested her because she had never even given the TNL before and was more focused on some of the expressive speech things she was hearing (monotone speech, inability to pronounce the letter 'R' correctly, low volume). She's recommending services but wants to focus on goals that look at speech. So - here are her scores -please help me know how this impacts reading instruction, because the SLP isn't going to be any help there, and while going back to Barton level 3 is my next step, I need someone to b
  16. Alright - so I found a speech therapist who takes my insurance, and we are scheduled for her to run the CTOPP, TNL and CASL. She said they have about a dozen tests, but these are the ones I said I was interested in - well, I asked for the TNL and the CTOPP, she recommended the CASL as well. Oh and the Barton screening - she failed A (counted syllables), failed B (counted 2 syllables in everything, which was ironic considering she counted syllables correctly in part A), but passed task C (1 repeat, 2 wrong).
  17. No, she's absolutely not. And I wasn't even in the room for the conversation because I don't talk to her about anything except the weather and her day. I can't avoid her, for various reasons, and so I have learned to smile and keep my mouth shut, and they have learned to always have salad on the table when I'm there. She has her own issues, and I have my own issues, and I have safe people to talk to and she is never on my call list.
  18. Yes, I absolutely think that there is a genetic thing at play here - I have one with ASD, one with ADHD, one with tourettes and whatever else we find. You go up to the grandparents and we have OCD, go to the great-grandparents and we have more mental health issues. So when my MIL last night was bemoaning why we ended up with 3 who have special needs, my husband told her it's all genetically related. And that these were the kids we were supposed to have, and that our job is to care for them and support them to adulthood as best we can, and that having the diagnosis are helpful in giving us dire
  19. ok I'll work on the Barton screening tomorrow and see what that looks like now. The Celf4 was what the original testing was several years ago. I'm going to call slp's tomorrow - that shouldn't be much of a wait list at all. lol I've got 4 total 🙂 so I've got my hands full! But as I have cut coffee entirely out of my diet, I'm starting to feel better and more on top of things, ironically, so that's helpful! Yes - we are wanting to rule out OCD and ADHD inattentive type, along with the dyslexia. That's interesting - one of the tics she does r
  20. Yes, we had no issues until we hit that wall... so that's a good thing, meaning we can get past this wall and keep going? I just wish we could skip them and come back, but maybe with the time that's passed, she can move past them. I'll pull Barton back out this week and see what she can do. I don't know, I haven't thought about trying that again. no, she has not done this at all. The language was hard for her, sure, and we've worked on a lot of language pieces this year, but one of the reasons I had difficulty with her motivation when doing Barton was because the words
  21. We took a break from barton when she was able to read a cvc word with one consonant blend on front or back of the word, but could NOT do a consonant blend on front and back. I am thinking maybe go back to the start of level three and see if she can get any further now that we're a year older. And I need to get more audio books for her. thanks for the encouragement!
  22. Yes - we did level 1 and 2 and couldn't get past the first few lessons in level 3. We took a break from that a year ago and did SpellLinks this past year. The neurological problem beyond dyslexia has been officially diagnosed as Tourettes. I've not had all of the official testing completed because I had no need for it to intervene. We had slp testing when she was 4 that showed signs of dyslexia at the time, so I just assumed it was and used Orton-Gillingham for a year. Then switched to Barton for 3 years, then spell-links this year.
  23. My dd8 who has dyslexia was diagnosed yesterday with tourettes. The neurologist specifically requested that we get a private neuropsych eval rather than a psychoeducational evaluation through the school district because she wants more info and feels that we need more info than the schools can give. So I'm on 2 wait lists- one is 6-9 months long and the other is 12 months long. 😞 Ironically, she also told me that she's glad we homeschool - we can make all the accommodations and address her needs in a much more targeted way that the public school system. In the meantime I'm realizing that a
  24. I've heard that autism counts as a disability towards this but have not pursued it yet so I cannot verify that.
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