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  1. This kid has always struck me as spectrum-ish, but past evaluations didn't yield an ASD diagnosis. This latest evaluation did, pretty definitively--I think the social development gap is more obvious than it was when he was younger and a lot could be seen as anxiety and ADHD. I'm wondering what I should be looking into in terms of plans and supports and resources. He turns 17 this summer, he isn't far from adulthood.
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  3. I am on year 27 of homeschooling, currently teaching our 14 and 16 yo sons, who are youngest 2 of six. Our 14 yo has HFA, along with OCD that kicked in at age 12. He is strong in math, currently doing Algebra. The wearying part is his attitude! He is often rude and disrespectful (not an issue with any of our other children), resists doing anything he doesn't want to do, and does not seem to be learning from consistent correction or having his main interest removed as a penalty (his screen time). This will sometimes cause him to comply, but is not bringing about an overall change in his attitude. I know part of it is his lack of "theory of mind"-he isn't able to see things from any one else's perspective. I am hoping part of it is immaturity and the whole hormonal upheaval of adolescence, and will improve as he matures. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has walked through this, as l am becoming weary of the struggle. Perserverance is a strength for me, but l could sure use some hope that things may improve.
  4. Some of you may or may not know that I homeschool a teen with autism. He struggles with the writing process. Both putting ideas on paper (through any medium) and the physical act of writing are PAINFUL for him. Today during the dreaded "writing time" he rebuffed all my suggestions for topics. I thought for sure he was headed for a meltdown/ confrontation. Instead, he asked me if he could use MS Word. I readily agreed. He went to work and a few minutes later came back with a paragraph entitled "Why Do Adults Drink Coffee?" I was stunned. It was adequate length and funny to boot. Yes, it had a few grammatical errors, but this time for sure I did not focus on them. Instead, I praised him for getting it done and for typing! (He has always rejected typing. This is a true breakthrough.) I am planning on putting him back in PS next year. He really needs to be able to write out answers to things and to do that he needs to be able to type. Doing the happy dance right now!
  5. I'm very thankful for WTMF community! I'm seeking wisdom from parents of any 2E kids who have experience with this scenario: 1) DS (or DD) homeschooling through high school to college; 2) highly gifted, loves learning, willing to work hard; 3) but is "low energy" (like many Aspie/ASD), needs plenty of down time alone; 4) considering pursuit of admission to top tier STEM colleges; 5) is very capable of the LEVEL of work that requires, but parents have doubts about ability to handle QUANTITY needed to be a competitive applicant; 6) Christian (student and parents). Ultimate goal is to most glorify God and benefit man, by best use of God's gifts. Specifics - DS finishing 10th grade. 11th grade is "make or break" year if he's going to load up on dual-enrollment, AP, etc. Given 3-4 subjects, he could handle all of them at a high level - math, science, writing, reading, foreign language - literally anything. His only time-consuming extracurriculars are Boy Scouts (starting Eagle project this summer), church service and youth group. He's not a kid with a spectacular "hook". Stellar academics and test scores, his ability to write quality essay answers on apps, and just being a good kid that adults really enjoy are his strengths. DS and I had a conversation about "big fish in small pond" at college, garnering more attention, opportunities, professor relationships, etc., vs. being around more resources and people as smart or smarter than himself at a top-flight place. He wants the latter. Dilemma: he will be happier the next 2 years if we don't press his curriculum too hard, meaning no more than 2 DE or AP classes at a time. I think he'll be happier long term (college and career) if we push him beyond his comfort zone for 2 years. He's not lazy, and doesn't have a traditional learning disability (he can read, write, type, etc. quite quickly); he's just inefficient and has a true neurological need for more down time than most. Our counselor believes DS is on the autism spectrum (though no formal diagnosis), but it's a close call. Any experience to share? Wish you had pushed a little more or less? Did he/she land in a college that is/was too easy or too challenging? If you did push, what effect did it have on your home? And one more thing - did you have DS/DD report to Student Services on campus for any "disability" assistance? We're starting to feel like we're obsessing/idolizing these issues. Once 11th grade starts, we won't have much room to course-correct.
  6. I have a younger brother who lives in US with our parents and my mother wants him to take TLP sessions (I've found some review on the blog about sensory therapies, http://www.sensory-therapies.com/review/the-listening-program-tlp/), but to be honest I'm not so sure about it - I've read some articles about ILS Therapy instead and they made me wonder if ILS wouln'd be a better way for him. And there is also B-Calm therapy that seems to be very helpful, but a friend told me that it might be unpleasant at first. Do you know anything about TLP? Should I let my mom do it?
  7. Does anyone have any tricks for helping a kid learn to maintain focus? What do you do when they focus while you're talking to them (1 minute) and then instantly zone out (waaaaay out) the second you turn your back? It's making learning impossible, and this is a very smart kid. Very frustrating for everyone. I'm not sure if this is an autism thing, an adhd thing, or what. Asking questions as often as possible helps, but I can't always be doing that.
  8. I happened on this book at the library while looking for something else and was caught by the title: Dyslogic Syndrome: Why Millions of Kids are "Hyper," Attention-Disordered, Learning Disabled, Depressed, Aggressive, Defiant, or Violent--and What We Can Do About It by Bernard Rimland. I have not finished it yet. Rather than say more at this point, other than that it is changing how I am thinking about a lot of things I see IRL and read on these boards, I'd like to put it out here and hope that others will read it too and then want to discuss it. And maybe it can help somebody here. Here is a link: http://www.amazon.com/Dyslogic-Syndrome-Attention-Disordered-Aggressive-Violent/dp/1843108771
  9. Hi There, I'm looking for apps that are actually going through a "Sequence" to teach 1st grade to a child with Autism. He reads at least on a 2nd grade level. I want to use the iPad for him. Any help? Splash Math and IXL is what I was thinking about for Math. Anyone? :) Thanks
  10. My son will be in 6th grade in the fall. This was our first year of homeschooling. Overall, it has gone well. So much less stress than PS! He needs serious help with writing. He hates the physical act of writing. However, he will not type, so writing it is. He needs to learn how to write good sentences, paragraphs, and eventually a simple essay or report. I have emphasized to him over and over that 6th grade WILL have more writing and he will have to do it. (I eased off this year and we did many things orally to help with the adjustment to homeschool and decrease meltdowns as he was going through some medication changes.) Right now the only non math writing he does are the two sentences required for EM Daily Language review and an occasional sentence in Nancy Larson Science. He seems to have trouble spelling, but has no problem identifying misspelled words or incorrectly used homophones. He is good with punctuation. Is the a gentle, gradual writing program that has worked for your child with HFA? My only requirement is that it needs to be secular or easily secularized. Thanks in advance.
  11. This week I found a new program online called "Gemiini". Here is the link: https://gemiini.org/ It is a subscription based program with videos (over 12,000) for children with autism or special needs to help with speech and language. It is research based (repetition, working memory, novel events, etc.) and so far my daughter loves it. It's hard to explain without watching one, but I would check it out. They have a $1 monthly trial to test it out. Jenn
  12. Please help me. I am appealing to the extensive knowledge base of the Hive! My son is currently in 5th grade. I removed him from school in April of this year (4th grade) because he was having so many behavior issues associated with his High Functioning Autism. I deschooled until the start of this school year (when my other child returned to public school) when I started homeschooling in earnest. My son is average or above average IQ, but challenged with fine motor skills. He HATES anything to do with writing. I have been successful in getting him to write a sentence or two here or there, but he groans about it. I am not pushing LA right now because I am focusing on science, math, and social studies in order to respark his love of learning and engage him in school. [i do have him doing Wordly Wise (much of it orally) and a HM reading curriculum where we complete the associated worksheets together.] It is working fairly well. However, I want him to be able to write paragraphs and basic essays by the time he is done with 8th grade. He needs remediation. What LA curriculum would you suggest for a kid who HATES to write, but really needs to learn how to write well constructed sentences and paragraphs? *Must be secular or easily secularized* Thanks.
  13. (x-posted w/ K-8) I have a sweet 9 year old boy who is a fairly good reader. His comprehension is also ok, but a little below average simply because of attention difficulties. He has Autism and is very visual, but is also hyperlexic so he is able to decode and read words at a fairly high level. He is so sweet, and so eager to learn, but has a tremendous amount of difficulty focusing and I want to make his first full time year of homeschooling a very positive and engaging experience for him. This can set the tone for the years to come as he has had some very difficult experiences with many other methods, so thank you for reading. Because of a special funding source for my homeschool curricula, I am limited to buying only books that are listed somewhere as being part of a "complete curriculum." However, I have permission to substitute the 'extra wordy and non-pictoral' versions of these books with ones that would be more appropriate and hold his attention. (This, of course, is all in an effort to get him to the place where he can read with little or no visual support within the book and he is able to make the pictures in his head, but for now....) He seems to respond best to the Charlotte Mason, Unit Studies approach but I'm open to anything. Therefore I can use Amblesideonline, Five in a Row, My Fathers World, or any Charlotte Mason or Classical Curriculum (or other) websites that have book lists, or say 'curriculum' and preferably have year #'s or grade #'s associated with it. However, most of the books as they get into the 3rd grade and above have very few pictures, and even some of the classics that do have pictures, they tend to be "sketch" like and very abstract, which is hard for him to focus on because of a seizure disorder and visual tracking problems. If you have any ideas, suggestions, favorites of visually engaging classics or modern classics that you or your children loved even if you aren't sure if it is on someone's curriculum list, please let me know the name, author, series, website, curriculum name, blog...whatever you can remember. Since I am swimming in possibilities and this process is taking just a huge amount of time and effort, I thought I'd pop on here and see what the 'experts' already know instead of trying to reinvent the wheel from scratch. I'd rather be teaching and reading than hunting and searching, so if you have any suggestions, I'm so appreciative! Note: His Special Interest Areas just as an additional fyi: Presidents, U.S. History, Relationships, Character development, Bible, Cultural/Geographical, Classical Composers, Theater and music. (x-posted w/ special needs)
  14. My homeschooling days have ended and I've just discovered that an agency nearby is hiring ABA Tutors to work with families with children with autism. I've been reading up on it and it looks like a very interesting and rewarding job. Anyone familiar with ABA tutoring?
  15. Does anyone have a history (social studies) curriculum suggestion for a teen boy with autism with a 4th grade reading comprehension level and who needs lots of visual support? Thank you! Beth
  16. Hi, Our 9 year old son has recently been diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder and High Functioning Autism/Asperger's. He has long had problems in loud environments and classrooms, although he does great in one on one play. He has difficulties socializing in school and functioning in a typical classroom, but he is very happy, sweet and obedient in safe environments with one or two friends. A homeschooling friend and former teacher has suggested that my son might enjoy being in her son's Pokemon league. I knew very little about Pokemon until yesterday, when her son and daughter taught my son and daughter to play the card game. It looks fine to me. I'm cautious of involving my son in the league until I find out a little more about it. He can be obsessive about games and activities (Skylanders, Star Wars), so in case he runs with it, I'd like to be sure it's good for him. He loves strategy games like Small World and Bang! with our family at home. He takes chess after school, and does very well. It's the school environment in which he functions best, in terms of engaging with other kids and focusing on the teacher. I'm told Pokemon is chess on steroids, fun and very good for strategic thinking. Have other parents of Aspies involved their kids in this game? Was it good for them, or do you wish you hadn't gotten involved? Thanks, GA Cub Mom
  17. I would like to take an informal poll of what interventions that you have tried that have helped your learning challenged child with reading comprehesnion. It would be helpful to know the sex and age of the child, the diagnosis of the child, the name of the intervention, the type of intervention, how long you did the intervention, and the overall effect (none//mild/moderate/high), including any grade level changes in comprehension. So for an example: Boy, age 11, moderate autism, Lindamoodbell Visualizing and Verbalizing, intensive one on one in a center, 6 months, moderate gains, i.e. 1 year grade level improvement in comprehension. Then feel free to give a brief description of the changes you saw, if any. With so many of us struggling with this issue, it would be helpful to see if anyone has hit upon some effective interventions. Thanks! Beth P.S. (I have not done Lindamood Bell, so this is just for example purposes only) Feel free to include curricula, therapeutic interventions, behavioral interventions, specific teaching strategies; software, basically any intervention you have used to specifically target reading comprehension in learning disabled students.
  18. My son just watched this movie, which we received as a Christmas gift, and he strongly recommends it and asked me to post about it here (I recommend it too)! It would be suitable to parents and to older children. It does not particularly have anything that would be bad (strong language, sex, violence) for younger children so far as we noticed, but my son thinks children much younger than he is would probably just not understand it and thus be bored by it. He is 11.5 and we think children his age old or older could understand and appreciate it. It might be available to stream, or to buy a DVD, at http://www.TakeBackYourPower.net eta: he requested that I bump it up and make my review better, so I am trying to do that. It is about public endangerment in terms of health, and about government and corporate intrusion and surveillance into our lives and homes--things that in the USA are supposed to be unconstitutional, but this is actually about a global situation and the film maker is from Canada, so it is not just about USA issues. It is about totalitarianism via the "Smart" Grid, and "Smart" Meters, and about cell towers, and their problems and related matters in a movie that is a little hard to describe, but has important information and is also well done. a quote from jacket: "What you discover will surprise you, unsettle you, and inspire you to challenge the status quo."
  19. I would really appreciate some guidance from the hive mind on this one please. I'll try not to make it confusing. DS is 9 yo and in 3rd grade. We have been struggling with what was believed to be an attention problem in class since kindergarten. We've tried behavioral rewards, etc with no success. This year, he is getting worse. We investigated Auditory Processing Disorder this fall on the suggestion of the vice principal and a new Sunday school teacher. Eureka! We finally figured it out! I was present for the 3 hour audiologist eval, and it was crystal clear. The poor kid can't understand approx. 40% of what he hears in a room with background noise! This explains why he does so well on his schoolwork for me in our quiet house, and so poorly in his typically noisy classroom. He can't understand what his teacher is saying. The school is currently doing his level 4 RTI to get him qualified as learning disabled so he can receive auditory assistance in the classroom (FM system) etc. One problem: our school system (Georgia) does not recognize APD as a learning disability. Our school psychologist, who is very well intentioned, has suggested finagling a diagnosis of "mild autism" to get him the help he needs in school. He's failing 3rd grade, and yet his standardized scores show 6th grade intelligence. He may qualify for the gifted program and the learning disabled program simultaneously. The psychologist has suggested that "mild autism" may be to blame for our son's lack of social skills in school. We think it's because he can't hear his peers talking to him, because he's perfectly conversational and friendly in one on one playdates in our quiet home. If you put him on a loud playground, gym class, or in the lunchroom, it's like the "cone of silence" drops because he seems overwhelmed by all the noise, sometimes to the point of covering his ears. We are tempted to go along with the "mild autism" diagnosis to get him the help he needs from the school. Yay, bureaucracy! We are concerned, though, about possible detrimental effects on him later. Will FERPA, the law governing privacy in educational records protect him? He's our oldest, so we have no clue. He's in third grade. Will his high school and/or college even know of the diagnosis by the school (not a medical doctor) if we don't disclose it? Does anyone out there with more experience see problems in the future we may not have anticipated? Thanks, GA Mom
  20. "Stanford researchers have unearthed clues about the formidable brains of some autistic children, suggesting that the diagnosis may signal a different cognitive style, not disability. Superior math skills were found in autistic Bay Area children with average intelligence compared with matched children who were not autistic. The two group's brain scans were different, as well. Images of the autistic children's brains while calculating math problems revealed a different pattern of activity than those of non-autistic children. .... The discovery of math talents in such children is particularly relevant in Silicon Valley, where autism diagnoses exceed the national average -- although no one knows if there is actually a higher incidence or just better diagnosis. Noted psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen at Cambridge's Autism Research Centre discovered a correlation between incidence of autism and familial relation to engineers. His 1997 study found that 12.5 percent of fathers and 21.2 percent of grandfathers of autistic children were engineers, compared to 5 percent and 2.5 percent of children without autism." 9 page report at the bottom of the link http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_23871355/autistic-kids-math-abilities-show-different-brain-patterns
  21. Has anyone out there see, heard of, or used these workbooks? http://www.dyslexiagames.com/ I would love to hear your opinions.
  22. Temple Grandin had a speaking engagement last month to talk about her new book, The Autistic Brain. (video is about one hour) http://www.seattlechannel.org/videos/video.asp?ID=5201314
  23. Just wondering if there is anyone out there who has "given in" to an aspie that is very computer motivated. I am not a big fan of screen time, however, he really learns best with computer based programs. It seems to go against everything in him to sit with a book. I try and try but it is wearing me out. I am teaching two other children ages are 11, 9yo aspie and an almost 6 yo who is currently being assessed for autism, hfa. Any tips, tricks, suggestions? thanks!
  24. Does anyone know the best Ipad 4 protective cover to protect the Ipad from drops and cracked screens i really want to protect from facedown drops HELP please
  25. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2013/05/01/ottawa-autism-son-left-government-services.html?cmp=rss This scares me for my nephew's sake.
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