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  1. no, my dr. talked about ordering that if these tests don't show us anything. I feel like they are similar to tension headaches, generally pressure in or around my temples. I get aprox. 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Honestly, I feel like I wake up and roll over a couple times overnight, and then I feel groggy for a while in the morning until I eat and drink coffee. I'm trying to eat before I drink coffee but it's hard!! I am going to find a place to do a sleep study, it sounds like that could be a big part of figuring out what's going on. And if nothing
  2. yes, let us know what you think after you've used it! It might be something that I look into later when I'm ready to build more independence in routines... right now it's wholly appropriate for me to be the intermediary between my 6 year old and him taking his vitamins and brushing his teeth. 😉
  3. Great question - I let him play with the apps a LOT when we got them. Like I broke all my screen time rules so he could just mess with it and he thought it was awesome. My theory was that he could then learn what he liked and what he didn't. And no - he doesn't drive it often for himself when he needs to. And when I tried to use sound the last time he was throwing a big fit it backfired on me big time, so I'm still figuring out how to use it myself. But, I want him to know that these are options that people use, all the time. I point out people wearing headphones in public every time I see som
  4. I took a look but I'm not sure it's better than the solution we came up with. We bought an ipod for our son this winter and use the choice works app for it. I realize that with this choice he has "competing" options for his device, as the goally website discussed, but I was also able to put music on that is calming, give him the white noise app for sounds that he can choose from to listen to, ibreathe app for calming, the time timer app, and Breathe kids for some other calming strategies. I minimize what is allowed on the ipod and he doesn't get games, no matter how educational they may be. It
  5. I likely have celiac and have been gluten free for 7 years. I am like 99.9% sugar free and follow Trim Healthy Mama with some modifications (I pair a fat with nearly every meal to keep my blood sugar in balance) I do have chemical sensitivities, I'd be interested in knowing how Melissa modified her living environment for her husband. I've also put on about 5 lbs in the past month. Which may seem insignificant and silly but I generally have trouble keeping weight on, and this is the first time I've gained without trying in my entire life. And my activity level/eating hasn't changed. I have
  6. yeah, probably. For my purposes, I had her writing individual words only but yes, you could use letter tiles for that part... it's pretty adaptable. Therapy style with reproducibles. The worksheets that you can copy/print and use are fairly useful, too, no busywork.
  7. It's very open and go - Well, when I don't prep ahead it means I'm writing words on index cards while she waits...so I try to do that ahead. Each lesson has several activities, targeting different concepts within. So for example the lesson on 'k' and hard 'c' has 7 activities and a journal page. The activities for this lesson include tap and map (counting sounds), sort it out (sorting by spelling and they have 9 spellings for this sound plus "foil words" that help you focus on the correct sounds), who's the neighbor, the long and the short of it - 1, the long and the short of it 2, take
  8. yes. And my dyslexic kid doesn't have that issue. I had one with that issue and we did vision therapy and it helped her tremendously, but it was unrelated to her ability to read.
  9. I just had a conversation with someone who swears by the Davis Method for her son who is about to graduate high school - but he's not exactly a reading success story. So she said that "hands on shoulders" helped him focus on words and helped them stop moving around the page, and that he was finally able to connect sounds to letters when he made them with clay. But he's still unable to read or write beyond probably what is required to survive/fill out an application. He's also very mechanical and words with his hands. He's currently collecting broken lawnmowers from around town and fixing
  10. I tried it this year with DD8 because we hit a wall with Barton that I couldn't get past. But sorry, not selling, I expect to use it with her more before I'm finished with it, and it's actually a pretty neat spelling curriculum that I might use down the road with the boys. DD really enjoyed the variety of activities - one of them uses coins and she LOVED earning coins for reading her words! I liked how they looked at language from a more holistic perspective - so all spellings were taught for a single sound in a single chapter. (I thought this would be overwhelming, but it was pretty easy
  11. I've struggled with exhaustion for so many years - For a long time dr's told me that it was because I was still waking up with kids overnight. We are finally to the stage where that's not happening anymore. My Dr. told me to take B complex because all my labs related to causes of tiredness were fine - literally everything is in range except my testosterone is high, progesterone low, and cholesterol high. Those are the only out of range numbers. And she's not worried about the cholesterol because she says it's driven by the other hormones and if we fix one it'll fix the other. I'm on several su
  12. ok sounds like waiting until Black Friday for a better sale on 23andMe might be better 🙂
  13. Ancestry is running a sale on their DNA testing for $60, and so now researching the benefits of this is relevant from a financial argument... But, I'm trying to figure out if it's worth running two tests (one for my son with ASD and one for my daughter with Dyslexia/other unanswered questions regarding health). Here's what I can't wrap my head around - how do I get actionable information from this? Getting a report that says, oh look, she has this mutation that means dyslexia helps me zilch. I can SEE that already. Will I be able to figure out something that I can actually use?
  14. Fair enough - I am not in a field that works with this or is knowledgeable about this, I simply did a quick, and admittedly cursory, google search on it. I know that our church has been taking a different approach to marriage since December, putting a lot of time, energy, and specific rubber-hits-the-road type help in place for families - both those with struggling families and for those who are not struggling (your marriage WILL hit a rough spot so let's work on it NOW kind of thing). I've never heard some of the things we've been talking about at other churches we've attended, and I do
  15. btw, the 80% divorce rate for families with ASD has been debunked.
  16. lol, this is exactly why we won't allow our kids to go to a certain summer camp again. And when discussing this issue with my husband, he was like, yeah your concern is they'll hire a guy like that! Uh huh! exactly! Flexibility, a willingness to learn, and a willingness to admit mistakes are huge to me. This was how I was raised too. Our current senior pastor's viewpoint is that by living in a broken world, even our minds are broken and that's where the DSM stuff comes in. AND he is one of the best supporter we have for our SN kids. I need to see what classes he had available to
  17. Our church is in the beginning stages of putting together the information to start a pastoral search for a children and families pastor (so, like an assistant, or junior pastor, but with a focus on the families and kids younger than middle school). My husband and I have been asked to put together a few questions relevant to the issue of kids with special needs in the church. We are a small church with a growing youth population, but NOT one of those churches with huge amounts of resources. Currently, we have regular attendees who have a variety of special needs including a wide variety of
  18. it's aprox a 6 month wait but she said they are actively looking for another person to add to their team so they can move through the list faster, so she hopes she will be in touch sooner. Yes, it's significant to me too. We are trying to decide on what specific blood work we want to run by our next appointment. Love the idea of word searches 🙂 I agree that backing off some and doing something fun would be a good idea. I've got a couple sound-out books from different authors that she can read, or has read in the past, we'll work on fun reading and word searches for a bit I think.
  19. Irlen's syndrome, right? - I'll have to try this idea of changing the color on Word to see if that makes it easier for her, I know that I much prefer a darker background to a white background on the computer, in college I used blue when typing all my papers. But I figured that was just the intensity of the light from the computer screen because books don't bother me.
  20. The medical stuff is just now coming to a point where the dr's are listening to me and we've already tried all 'tier 1' and 'tier 2' medical interventions, so to speak so we are getting the referral now. On the other hand, I did do some digging today and found a place that will do neuropsych testing under our insurance, so I'm on that wait list now, which honesty will be faster than the local school system - the system I'm zoned for has a reputation for breaking those legal deadlines and talking parents out of testing and I don't have the energy to fight them right now. I think t
  21. yes, larger font size helps. Revealing a phonogram at a time would help too - she is fine with letters in isolation, even with words in isolation, but multiple words in a line, even a dibbles test with non-sense words, she doesn't always say the right sounds first. Actually, I did a dibbles with her this morning and it was terrible - she has no context or meaning to help her so she does very poorly with non-sense words: k o m turns into "moc" and n e j turns into "eng". She got 23 words correct out of the 50 she read. It took her 4 minutes and she was fatigued by the end. Her expressive
  22. ok let me back up, the developmental vision dr. said her vision was fine, the regular eye dr. said her vision was fine. no glasses needed, and no tracking issues diagnosed. She has not had a full neuro-psych eval and we are not interested in spending the money on that right now, even though it would probably give us more info that would be helpful. So, what I'm noticing only happens in context of a sentence in a book. She's inconsistent at what letter sound she starts each word with. Sometimes "of" starts with the "/f/" other times it's correct. Sometimes she'll correctly read "was" and
  23. I was browsing about the high noon website thinking about adding the sound-out chapter books to my wish list, and noticed the visual tracking books. Do these types of exercises actually help with the whole starting a word with whatever letter catches your fancy issue? My DD8 with dyslexia struggles to remember to get her mouth ready for the START of each word, and I was wondering if something like this would help her eyes not jump around the words picking up letters here and there as she goes?
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