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  1. Hi all! I have been a member of this board for a while and even posted once or twice, but I have never introduced myself lol. I understand most of the acronyms used here but please forgive me if I am not exactly fluent. I guess once I post more and more, I will grow more accustomed to using the acronyms in my own posts. I am a proud mama and here's a little about our family: My daughter is 8 and loves technology, music, dolls, and stories. She is a severe dyslexic and has been held back a year in school prior to being diagnosed. She had an outside OG tutor who taught her to read and write. Her school uses Wilson fundations but the staff knows NOTHING about dyslexia. This is her second school and I am looking to homeschool her because her little spirit has been crushed by the whole schooling experience. She gets speech in school for articulation. My son is 6 and loves art, photography, baseball, and cracking jokes. He appears to have dyslexia and ADHD but is only in kindergarten, so I can't say for sure. He was having an even tougher time in school and was going to have to repeat kindergarten because of his behavior and reading trouble, but I objected. We are working on getting him diagnosed but I am also looking for another school for him. Or I may homeschool him as well if I can find the right fit for him. He also has some articulation issues and will start speech therapy outside the school this summer. I teach adult ESL and have a lot of Orton-Gillingham training. We live in a billingual - English & Spanish - household but the kids only read & write in English.
  2. the Lexia program? I am considering purchasing the home version to use over the summer with ds. Before taking the plunge, I would love to hear from anyone who has actually used it. Any pros/cons? Thanks!! http://www.lexiaforhome.com
  3. Which one would you use? I'm considering these 3 options. Our 8 yr old just finishing 2nd grade just diagnosed with Dyslexia ... reads at about end of 1st grade level according to the psychologist we saw.
  4. I thought this might garner more attention here than in the special needs forum. My 9 year old has Dyslexia and he has struggled for the last 2 years we've been schooling. In January, I found the Logic of English and started using it for him and his 7 year old brother. His brother doesn't appear to have Dyslexia. My 9 year old has progressed very rapidly using LOE!! We use a Charter School for homeschooling, and the reading specialist, who does not believe in using the term 'Dyslexia', is astounded by his progress. He still struggles though and it's especially apparent in math, even though he was accepted into the EPGY math program at Stanford (we won't be doing that because of the cost, mainly). I would say he is a 2E child. We are halfway through LoE and I'm having to add a writing program to that. Any suggestion for a writing program? I have 2 programs I'm looking at: Writing Strands and Step-up to Writing. And what happens after LoE is done? I have no clue what grammar/spelling program to turn to after that. What do other parents use with their Dyslexic kids after LoE or other such program? My son loves audio books and I have had to ask him to take a break from his iPod (he has Learning Ally and Audible), so that he starts to read books. Books are like air to him and necessary for sustaining life, but he'd rather listen to them rather than read them at this point. ;) As far as math, I've decided to do Teaching Textbooks 5 with him, with supplements from BA and LOF and SM EP. I was thinking of MUS, but it seems too compartmentalized, although maybe he needs the drill? I suspect his reading and writing will fall into line and he will excel in those areas, and that math will become his real struggle even though he is conceptually gifted at it. I think this because his much older sister struggled to read and write and then one day it all clicked, and she was way ahead of her peers, but her math suffers to this day. She can't even get through basic college classes in math. I don't want this for him. I see it happening, and he is getting frustrated with some basic stuff, and still uses dashes on paper and fingers to count. TIA!
  5. I just want to encourage anyone who is just starting out on the road with a dyslexic child that it really can get better. My DS (8) has made so much progress over the past year it's hard to believe. He's finishing up second grade (he goes to public school) and, on the end of year tests, he tested at a second grade level in both reading and math! At the beginning of the year, he was testing at a kindergarten level. A year ago he was slowly and painfully decoding CVC words and couldn't count to 20 (he doesn't have dyscalculia, but struggles with math due to his dyslexia). He did a big jump in counting ability on his own over the summer (a key just seemed to turn in his brain), and, thanks to the combination of a good teacher for math at school and a supplemental math programs for dyslexics (with a tutor outside of school), his math abilities and confidence have soared. He now says Math is his favorite subject. He still doesn't love reading, but his progress has been really good in that area as well. He's about 2/3 of the way through level 4 of Barton, and is starting to attempt to read chapter books like Magic Treehouse and A-Z Mysteries on his own. DH is his Cub Scout leader, and he's noted that, as the year has progressed, DS's reading skills have moved up compared to some of other other scouts and he's now somewhere in the middle with reading skills (it makes me wonder if there are some undiagnosed dyslexics in the den). DS is bright, and I think that, without the dyslexia, he'd be working well above grade level, but going from way below level to just at level is huge for him! I'm also seeing more and more the advantages that his dyslexic brain gives him. He's incredibly creative. He and his two best friends (a brother and sister who are homeschooled and also dyslexic) put on plays in the basement for us on a regular basis. He's a champion at thinking outside the box. In fact, sometimes I wish he'd spent a bit more time in the box :). He's great a spatial thinking and want to be an engineer like DH (another dyslexic). We're not done yet. He'll have to work hard to stay at level. In 3rd grade the "reading to learn" type of work really ramps up. But, unlike last year at this time, I'm not terrified about him moving on to the next grade.
  6. My friend's son is not getting the support he needs at the local public school and she is considering homeschooling him next year for sixth grade. Our state requires us to "provide a sequentially progressive curriculum of fundamental instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and health." Do you have any specific curricula suggestions for these categories for a brand new homeschooler with a dyslexic sixth grader? It would be preferable to have programs that are not extremely expensive.
  7. How do you deal with grading papers or written assignments for your Dyslexic kiddo once they reach the HS level? Up until HS DS was basically accommodated out of any writing due to dysgraphia/dyslexia, but he is a Sophomore now and I have real concerns about his writing abilities and how best to get him to progress. Our main areas of concern are: organization to complete the assignment, mechanics and self-editing, expressing more mature thought in written expression. I am thinking about setting certain goals like Level One Goal -If you finish the paper with the correct word count and structure and turn it in on time, I will give you an A. Level Two Goal-On time and all the self edits are good, I give you an A. Level Three-On time, good edits, good content A. Is this a terrible idea? This kid is super smart but his output if it isn't in discussion format is so juvenile and I want to help him out as much as possible. Maybe if we master one part of the assignment requirements at a time he can get it.
  8. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/brain/episode2/index.html Watching this episode on youtube now. It even talks about brain seizures and dyslexia.
  9. Hi, ladies, I am new to this board, having just put the pieces together this week that my ds (almost 9) is dyslexic. Not officially diagnosed b/c we are hoping to be moving soon, but he ticks all of the boxes. So here is my question for the experts: is Barton's grammar complete enough that I can raise money to buy it by selling back my set of MCT Island level grammar books? My son is halfway through 3rd grade, if that helps. Thanks for any advice you've got! Christina
  10. Hi all, I've been on the WTM boards for years, although I've been on hiatus from here for most of the last year. I went to a Susan Barton presentation last night and came away confirmed in my suspicion that at least two of my kids are dyslexic. I was beginning to think I should just put my 4th grader in school, but I'm more convinced now than ever before that home is the place for her and her siblings. No bureaucracy, no advocacy, just suck it up and git 'er done. But how, exactly? I'm re-evaluating my curriculum choices, so I'll be doing lots of research on the boards to find the best fits for our family. Buckling up for a bumpy ride...
  11. Hi, I am not sure if I have posted here before. I am a fairly frequent poster on the special needs board. Here is my situation: I have a son who is 7 and attends public school. He has got many symptoms of dyslexia and I have been doing a large amount of after-schooling with him. I have never seen a sign of him being gifted. He is a great kid, I just think he is at a good level for a kid his age, and very appropriately challenged at school. He is very sensitive and caring, and he does like me to read him DK-style Star Wars books that are meant for an older child. But that is all. I saw here a while back, that part of a language battery he took last year is equivalent to a verbal IQ. He did get 135 and 127 on two sections and his overall language score was 132. So, first, is it okay that he has this score, and yet I am not seeing any need for him to advance? I am truly not seeing it. Second, his teacher at school notices a difference between his class participation and his work. She has expressed that she wonders if he could have ADD. Since this came up, I have been watching him for this, and I just don't see it. His attention is not awesome, but it seems similar to what I see with other kids his age. What I expressed to the teacher is that I think with his handwriting difficulty, he is doing the best work he can. She has also agreed to let him do his math facts orally instead of written. She does not understand that he can be one of the better students in the class for math concepts and in the lowest group for math facts. He is working diligently on his math facts, every night, and I think his progress is good. It is just not what his teacher expects from him. His teacher is satisfied with his reading and his reading comprehension, with his reading comprehension being his strong area. I am working with him at home on his actual reading (decoding) as this is a weak area for him, though he is grade level. So, my question is, is it possible I am totally missing him having ADD? Is this likely? Should I be looking for something "more" than dyslexia to explain why he is better orally than with written work? He has an IEP for speech and handwriting, but for his handwriting, he is not having accomodations, just OT. I have gotten him the accomodation for his timed math facts for now, but we (the teacher and I) both want him to keep doing the handwriting -- he is not frustrated and it is good practice, he is just not performing at an average level. He likes the unit themes they do at school and he likes school. I just wonder, if he is possibly 2E, if I should be looking for something wrong with this picture. Also, he does Math in Focus in school, it is like Singapore Math. He does well with it. I think he might have trouble with another math program but I think what he has got is working for him.
  12. Hello everyone, We are new to HS and have a DS who is almost 5. I feel he has great attention and is able to listen to full chapter books with what appears to be good comprehension. (For example, his current favorites are "The Hobbit" and "The Chronicles of Narnia" series). He shows readiness in many areas to begin schooling but, this week, we began reading lessons, and he really struggled with putting sounds with the word families (e.g., "at" family). He did better as we proceeded but continued to confuse b, p, d. I backed up and just did letter recognition, and he had a hard time with that. I am wondering how common this is? I am wondering if many children do this, or if this could be an early sign of dyslexia? I truly thought he would be ready, which is why this hit me hard, and now I am concerned about him. Any tips on how to help him? Thank you for any advice and tips.
  13. I hope this helps someone on a bad day. My 13 year old son is blossoming! A year ago he couldn't remember his multiplication tables, could barely read a Bob book, couldn't follow more than one direction at a time, didn't know his phone number. He couldn't (and still can't) hear phonics - he memorizes words (this used to worry me). I was losing my faith and mind but maturity is wonderful. Today he is reading chapter books (currently "The King of Mulberry Street"), doing AOPS Algebra by himself and doing it right, knows his phone number :), loves learning how to cook and is taking care of all the animals. He is writing really dense and beautiful prose and essays. He wants to "read all the good books" and watch films about their authors. He would like to have an intense study of the Periodic Table of the Elements. And more comes up every day.... Now, I don't have the magic bullet, but I will say we were very hands-off and gentle with this kid. I would try some phonics, he would balk, and I would back off. So he got some instruction over the years in math, phonics, and science. Mostly he got read to, listened to audio books, joined in conversations, went to museums, followed his interests with gusto and support from us. He loves animals, wants to be a vet, has worked for a vet at his farm for over a year. I guess I just wanted to share because I'm breathing again. I want others to know that relief might be just around the corner. A year or even six months can make a big difference (especially in the early teen years). And that you can homeschool in a way that suits your child's needs and interests. He is strong and confident and happy. He is learning (and at a rapid pace!). YAY!
  14. Has anyone used this program or something simliar like Sound Reading Solutions? I am trying to find something to help my 7 year old struggling reader. Any suggestions would be appreciated. :)
  15. Hello! Hi all, this is my first post! :001_smile: I'm happy to be posting in this area since this is where I've been lurking the most. :D My son is obviously dyslexic. He is 13 and a fabulous kid. He works for a vet and wants to be one, loves books on audio and being read aloud to, enjoys doing math with Art of Problem Solving, basically a big love bug. He reads slowly, doesn't stop for punctuation, no inflection. He can't spell - picnic is "pacnc" and watch is "woch" (gotta love the english language). He can rhyme and does understand syllables. I gave him a reading test the other day and he tanked on all the first grade and second grade words but did great on the sixth and 8th grade words because he didn't have to sound them out. He had them memorized. Words like "envelope" come easy to him. So do sight words. Sooooooo we are thinking about testing him so he can have accomodations on the SAT and in college. The testing is $1200 to 1500 and can take 6-9 hours!! Does that sound right with everyone? I just can't see my lovely, self esteem entact son feeling good after 9 hours of testing his deficiency. I'm on the fence and I just would love some ideas/thoughts/experiences either way. THANKS!! :bigear: Kim
  16. Okay, give it to me. Give me the uglies, the regrets and whatever else you can tell me before I push the ORDER button. More info: We will use it afterschooling for ADHD, dyslexia, speech disorder child reading on K level but he's in first grade. Just diagnosed after extensive testing and just started meds for ADHD. He will do resource classes at school but I want something to do with him at home. _____ I've extensively looked at the samples, ds7 has read from the lessons and readers and asked for his sticker! Warn me now... :001_huh:
  17. Please tell me the names of some homeschool reading and spelling curricula that are O-G based. Which do you prefer and why? Thank-you, Heather
  18. The stealth dyslexia label fits dd to a 'T'--almost as if you could substitute in her name into the article. And I know it sounds crazy, but I'm pretty sure dd is an auditory-spatial learner, not VSL...but, possibly with an auditory processing disorder? Is that even possible? She has all of the symptoms on this checklist for the "tolerance/fading memory" subtype and the "decoding" subtype of APD, but she really seems to learn best through auditory means. She listens to audiobooks and educational CDs for hours a day, and loves listening to read-alouds. Those things are how she prefers to get her information, although she loves to read non-fiction--as long as she's allowed to do so silently and not out loud. Some days she seems almost...normal. And other days, she ends up in tears of frustrations with herself because she "can't think straight." EVERYthing is a distraction for her--especially the thoughts in her own head. Is this common? How do I deal with this day-to-day inconsistency in ability to focus? Her handwriting is terrible!!! Should I really focus on it this year, or just gradually keep trying to improve it as we go? Her spelling is extremely poor, but we finally seem to making small strides using A&P. And actually, we're finishing up with REWARDS which has helped her decoding but has had the unexpected benefit of helping her encoding as well! Thank goodness for small miracles! Do I just forget trying to teach her math facts, grammar terms, Latin vocabulary, and other "random" facts? I've tried finding "big picture" type curricula, which seem to be much more effective for her. Should I just try to tie everything into history, which she loves and with which she has wonderful understanding and recall? Would that help her retain those other "random" things? I would love to hear other's experiences with their dc that seem to fit the stealth dyslexia label--how do you deal with some of these issues?
  19. Ok-DS13 had dsylexia and dsygraphia. We have tried every curriculum under the sun! Here we are 3 weeks before school and I can't figure out what I am going to use for history! I am bring home my ds10 this year and he needs some remediation in reading and spelling so I will not be able to read everything to DS13 and baby sit him. We tried in the Past: Sonlight-loved the stories hated to read! I read everything to him and we talked about the books. He really remember alot. He would be studying the Eastern Hempishere. He doesn't want to study it.:confused: He wants modern history (like WWI and WWII). I liked the fact that he would have to start researching (somthing we haven't tackled yet) Oak Meadow-He likes the content for 7th grade but it is very writing intensive. I could drop the writing. There again I would have to read it all to him. You can get the online program but you have to buy the whole package-($300) other wise he could use the kurzweil to read it. We used this last year and I only bought the history (they don't do this anymore). Trisms (HM)-Holy smokes! I loved this but I would have to do so much work to adjust it and find the proper books that it would allow me little time to work with DS10. Verticy-Why am I even looking at this! He hated it, I can't justify spending that much money on it when WE hated the history and didn't use the phonics. We will be using the writing though. It was so nice to have everything there and done for you! Oh, I wish 7th grade was better than 6th! Why can they make something that I don't have to do so much changing up? And why must everything be so expensive! I looked at k12 but $300 for one history class is just wayyy too much. Help me put this in perspective:bigear: Well this is what we have so far: Apologia-General science(cd format) & Lapbook Verticy Writing Green level AAS 4 and 5 Computers & typing(increasing speed) Phonics CLE math 6 Ugh! I am going to go crazy soon.I want to find something and stick with it! I haven't even done that much planning for ds10. I am NOT looking forward to this year:glare:
  20. I just received my copy of this book, by Denise Eide, in the mail recently. Has anyone used this to create spelling material, especially for a dyslexic child? I see in the comment section on amazon that the author is working on a second book about teaching the logic of English, but I'm not sure I want to wait. Oh! I've just found a website related to the book, and it seems as if she is working on a K-6 curriculum with an anticipated release date of October 2011. There is also a beta testing option (@ $40) for her accelerated program (this option appears to be available through either June 30 or July 31 - I've seen both dates). This might work better for my dd, because she does not like kiddie fluff workbooks. :001_huh: Anyway, I paid the $40, so I'm hoping my registration and access to the materials will be honored. Has anyone else registered for this program?
  21. Has anyone used this program? http://linkingblocks.com/ Here's another link: http://linkingblocks.com/research.pdf This link has reviews and additional info. I was checking out the links of who will be at the NICHE convention and saw this site. It looks like a program that would benefit my dyslexic child. Just wondering if anyone had any feedback about it.
  22. My dyslexic daughter is reading at a grade 1 level and wants to go back to public school next year. Any tips or advice on this dilemma? Primary School was hellish to say the least for us both and I am worried about banging my head against a brick wall with teaching staff again. This time though I am not as vulnerable and we all know what the problem is also I have an advocate willing to work with me. Can any-one tell me about what could possibly be the best approach with a school so that I am not stone walled all the time - or am I crazy to go back into this quagmire again ? http://ltuilc.blogspot.com/
  23. This is the first time I am posting here, but I have been reading these forums for a long time. I am not a homeschooler, but I have been doing a lot of work with my son at home over the past few months. DS (7) is in first grade and was recently diagnosed with dyslexia. He goes to a wonderful little montessori school that we just love. His reading teacher is getting OG trained over the summer just to work with the handful of dyslexic children at the school. I am also considering outside tutoring as I am in school myself and am overwhelmed by what it is taking to tutor DS afterschool right now. His teacher (who he will have for 2 more years) is basically willing to do anything in the class that will help him out. I have read lots of things about accommodations for dyslexia, many of them are already being done in his classroom just by the fact it's montessori (no tests/grades, no time limit on work, teacher doesn't count things wrong that are written backwards or misspelled, etc.). I am looking for anything else that we can do to support his learning in a montessori classroom. I have done tons of web searches but I can't find anything that is specific to montessori. I was wondering if anyone here had any suggestions. I would like to work through the summer to come up with some kind of plan that she can implement in the Fall. Thank you so much, Michelle
  24. I apologize that this is going to be long. My son will be turning 15 next month. He has always struggled with reading; which affects every single subject. We have tried countless reading and spelling programs over the years, which probably didn't help the situation (all the jumping from one to another). But, I was desperately trying to find the thing that would click with him. I never had, and don't have, this problem at all with my girls. I'm quite certain my 6 year old will quickly pass him by in reading and spelling. He can read, although he isn't the most fluent reader. He often reads words incorrectly. He only writes in neat print, never cursive. His spelling is the most horrendous spelling you'd ever see. He spells things phonetically, but often gets that wrong too (so he's constantly asking, "how do you spell ___?"). His reading struggles have always been a concern to me. But, his spelling is really causing me anxiety (how will he ever fill out a job application.......read/write his drivers exam.....etc????) Last week we were visiting friends and they suggested playing the game Balderdash. I immediately had concern over how my son would be able to join in and play the game. You need to write a fake definition of a word and these are all collected by one of the players who reads all the definitions. My son moved over to sit by me on the couch. Of course, you aren't supposed to look at the other players definitions, but I had to discreetly look at his to see if he needed any help (after all, a person was going to be reading his definition). So, for the first definition, my son wanted to write "a window cleaner". But he wrote, "A wibo clenr". I tried to quietly tell him how to rewrite his words.....finally I had to write it on the back of my paper for him to copy. The very next word, he wanted to write the definition, "a pipe cleaner". He spelled cleaner wrong again! I looked at him and he was looking at his paper & getting a little upset that he couldn't remember how to spell it. He was whispering to himself (not to me....he really didn't want my help) that he 'just spelled it.....how was that again??' I found the website Reading From Scratch about dyslexia (I really found it by googling "spelling rules"). They have several tests, which I haven't gotten to do them all yet. I did dictate the 5 sentences (these are really for writing samples but it shows his spelling). Here's what he wrote: The clam sate on the Botum of the oshen thay rusht in too the cotigin the nike of time wii gotherd in a carkl a rown the camp fire and tolld gost store's (I wonder if "wii" was his idea of being funny??) Pitsfelld has a populashing of abewt fifte thawsing a cofrins was helld too dey the futhr cores of acshin Oh my Lord!!! Ok.....so he tells me later that it was getting boring and near the end he just didn't really care if he was spelling correctly or not. Writing those sentences took him quite awhile. I read the entire sentence and then had to repeat it word for word. If I read two words together he'd say...."what? Say it again." If I said certain words like "around", "campfire", "sat on" he would ask if it was one word or two. What's hard, too, is that ironically he thinks he doesn't have a problem. He gets insulted if we even insinuate that he is a struggling reader and poor speller. I noticed that sometimes he will mix up his b's and d's. I have often wondered if he has dyslexia. I never knew where to test for that.....we can't afford it anyway.....I don't know how important it is to really have an official diagnosis. Right now he's using SpellWell and that isn't going that great. Sequential Spelling was a total bomb with him. We tried All About Spelling and didn't get very far because we'd still be working on the cards and practicing the sounds (it was taking forever to advance). My husband thinks all he needs to do is read, read, read...and read things that interest him. I think a little more is needed than that....he obviously has a lot of gaps in his phonics. I don't know if he really needs to start another reading program, at least not a program that's for little children or looks babyish. I'm looking for something that can fill in the missing gaps but won't take a huge amount of time (something remedial....for an older struggling student). I think he mostly needs to work on fluency and spelling. I have done a lot of searching here and found several programs I am considering. My researching all of these programs is beginning to take a lot of my time and I'm just wanting to make a decision soon. If you have used any of these programs, please tell me if you liked them or not. If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to offer that. Back on the Right Track Reading Lessons (This is the one I am strongly leaning towards. The samples look like what he needs) Abecedarian (I'm quite undecided on this one. I don't really care for the samples & I don't really know why. I like the Right Track samples much better) Fast Track (Again...I think I'm liking Right Track better) Saxon Phonics Intervention (I'm not too sure about this, it seems a bit overwhelming/time consuming but reviews say it isn't) Phonics For Reading The Spell of Words (I liked the samples of how she explains spelling rules) Apples & Pears I even looked at the Rewards program.....but the words really look hard! Well, thank you if you made it to the end of this long post. I am not very open to tell people about this problem. It makes me feel like I've been such a failure with him. But, I know in reality that can't be true because my girls are doing very well.
  25. my 2nd DD has some very.....different qualities. I have a sone with Asperger's, so i am not talking about that kind of different. she is very hard to pin down. i have thought for awhile that she could have dyslexia, btu when i tried to get the school system to help out us homeschoolers, they said dyslexia did not exist and had her read a sign there in their office. when she read it, they said "oh, she's fine". sigh. i'm not saying she IS dyslexic, but i am having a hard time moving past or explaining some of her stuff: SUPER sloppy HORRIBLE handwriting (as in it has not improved much if any from kindergarten) still writes, reads and says some things backwards occasionally at 9.5 years old reading and spelling is really confusing. i watch her read and think "how'd she get THAT?" and when she spells she totally misses whole sounds, or adds things that are not there. she said a word backwards today. we are doing wordly wise and my poor little girl just cannot get it. i have to sit there with her while she struggles through definitions, antonyms, synonyms, and does not even complete the writing activities unless i ask her the questions and write down her answers. even then still sometimes she struggles to find the answer in the reading segment. now that i've laid out all my sweet girl's bad qualities, here is where she shines: inventing. she is a genius! hilarious outlook on life very active, spunky, quirky--has a great attitude quite capable in every way except "schoolish stuff" wants to be an architect. she one of "those" types any insight? i am going to a dyslexia seminar next month, but without someone's being able to LOOK at her, i am not sure she'll ever get to her true potential.
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