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  1. I spoke with a Pediatric Neuropsychologist today at Seattle Children's Hospital- after I read my daughter's IEP and education therapist notes to him over the phone, he said she definitely needs further testing and that our school district was not competent in testing our daughter. He suggested I study the Rights Law and formally request further evaluation through an IEE, and I can specify that it needs to be done at with a specific Neuropsychologist, even across state lines. I'm posting this because I hope to gain insight from other families that may have pursued the IEE and to also share this idea. It may not work, but it sure is worth the shot and if you would like to hear more about what happens with my journey in trying to push for this, please send me a message. Any advice is always GREATLY appreciated as well. :) Thank you!
  2. DS was in early intervention pre-k & had an IEP in place. This year he's done K at home and hasn't made as much progress as I would have liked. He has some language processing delays, speech delays as well as ADHD. He has continued to receive services this school year. Every three years, the school must reevaluate his eligibility for services, and we are at that point. When I was called in for my first meeting to see if we wanted to review his eligibility, I felt ill prepared. They had not asked me to bring anything yet ended up asking quite detailed info regarding what he does/ doesn't know. This was just supposed to be a meeting getting my permission to test him for future eligibility. In hindsight, I should have been prepared with info. I have gotten a strange vibe from each of the teachers as I've seen them this week as they've been doing the testing with DS. Then today, the speech teacher saw me in passing & asked me to provide her with the names of the curriculum I use for both reading & math. I am not sure why this stricks me as odd, but it does. So, this brings me to my question. Am I just paranoid that they're asking the name of our curriculum? The teacher actually said they can't determine eligibility without the info. Is it odd that they haven't asked anything else of me? No records or work samples were requested. They seem to be really hung up on ds not knowing sight words. He still can't get blending two letters down but we are working at it each day. My child's attention span is all of 3 minutes. So, progress is slower than I would prefer, but we keep plugging away. He also has an early birthday & I have considered doing a repeat of K next year. Am a nervous over nothing? I've read enough bad stories that I could just be paranoid! I'm not sure what I think they could be doing....perhaps deny him services on the basis of not receiving proper instruction? And, what if anything would YOU want to provide the school with? Any other advice for navigating the school system when you need them for services but prefer to honeschool? I learned that I can request a copy of their evaluations for me to review before the meeting. So, I plan on doing that. Thanks for reading this far & thanks in advance for any tips or advice!
  3. Here's my situation: My homeschooled son is 11 and in 6th grade. The only subject he's behind in is Spelling and he's VERY behind. I determined that he is spelling on a beginning of 2nd grade level (4 grade levels behind). I've tried AAS, Spelling Workout, Sequential Spelling, and a couple other programs. He is trying but has made very little progress in spelling and makes classic dyslexic mistakes like leaving out vowels and whole syllables, and spelling super phonetically, but not correctly. Dysgraphia is also a big issue. He does have reading issues (mainly new words, names, pronunciations, and skipping small words/inaccurate reading), but these pale in comparison to his abysmal spelling that never improves. I'm at the point where I NEED to do something drastic to help his spelling... something VERY different than anything we've ever done. I had my heart set on Barton (I love Susan Barton and her website as it really helped me identify what was going on and learn more about dyslexia). But I was sad to realize that I cannot afford it. I looked for it used and still couldn't find it. So now I'm considering whether I should seek services from the public school. I have no experience with dealing with schools other than sending in my homeschool paperwork. Now what?? My questions are: 1) Are there any other highly recommended OG methods like Barton that ARE affordable? Do tell!! 2) What about the more "alternative" methods like rainbow writing, sculpting words with play-dough, or associating words with pictures? I'll try anything! lol Are these worth a try for a kid who struggles a LOT in spelling (not mildly dyslexic)? 3) Should I tell the school district about my son's dyslexia? If so, how? 4) Am I *legally required* to inform the district about a diagnosed or suspected learning disability? 5) If I do tell them, what are the possible repercussions for my homeschool, or for my son's "record"? 6) I know that public schools are legally required to provide services to those who request it, but are they generally even equipped to provide remediation for dyslexic kids? (One of my fears is making it "public", it going on his record, getting involved with the school, getting an IEP, and THEN finding out that all they do is work with him on spelling once a week or so and aren't even trained in dyslexia remediation or use an appropriate method... since that's the whole point. 7) If I did get him an IEP would he then have an IEP for the rest of his school career? 8) It's very obvious that he is dyslexic as he has MANY classic signs, but is a diagnosis required in order to get an IEP? I think I read that diagnosis isn't required, but a "need" is required. Is that right? For example, my understanding is that the school does not diagnose, but the school is required to assess whether a child is *eligible* for services. So doesn't that mean that I don't need to go through the whole diagnosis process prior to getting an IEP if we went that route? 9) If I didn't get an IEP but instead got private tutoring or tutored him myself, am I still legally required to tell the school district about his learning disability?? Anything else I should know? Any other options I'm not thinking of? I really need to get on a "road" and I'm so confused about which one to take at this point!! I'm reading books about dyslexia and how to deal with schools, but they never talk about how it relates to homeschooling so I feel like there's a big gap in my understanding about where to go from here. Even HSLDA doesn't seem to provide much info. Thanks in advance!! Tara
  4. My friend is considering homeschooling her daughter who is currently in public school (New York State) with a 504 Plan. She receives speech therapy, etc. Her mother would still want her to receive these services while homeschooling. Is that possible?? How does a 504 Plan affect homeschooling? I would love to hear from anyone who has experience with this. Also, any links are appreciated! (X posted on the Learning Challenges board) TIA!
  5. My friend has a daughter in public school (New York State) who has a 504 Plan. She receives some services like speech therapy, etc, through the school. My friend is considering homeschooling her daughter but she still wants to receive those services through the school. Is that possible?? She says her daughter does not have an IEP. I'm confused because everything I read about 504 is that it makes sure kids receive extra care they need like wheelchair assistance, nursing care like diabetes help, administering meds, etc. Of course, none of these would be an issue with homeschooling. So does a 504 affect homeschooling at all?? I'm so confused. Please answer if it applies to *New York State*. Links are appreciated as well! TIA
  6. Please excuse the cross-post, I also posted to general board. We have homeschooled our son for a couple of years, and plan to homeschool our daughter who is going to start 1st grade. However, we have been working the past year to get independent evaluations related to her special needs. It's a long story, but if she remained in school, the evaluators would be able to come out in September and we think may be able to turn around reports within a month. The school has agreed to pay for the evaIs it a lot harder to pull after a month or two? Has anyone done this, and how has it worked? Am torn -- know it is easier to HS pulling before a school year starts, and another transition -- not good. BUT...it would be very helpful to get evaluations and we have been requesting these for about a year and a half. She has an IEP, which is also in process of revision now. We would be pulling in part b/c of our desire to HS, but also b/c she is not getting needed services through the school or her current providers. The other part of this is that we already have curriculum and co-op registration in place for her, so I would have to hold that temporarily if she started school year. She has also been asking to homeschool and is quite determined. Any thoughts? provenance
  7. We have homeschooled our son for a couple of years, and plan to homeschool our daughter who is going to start 1st grade. However, we have been working the past year to get independent evaluations related to her special needs. It's a long story, but if she remained in school, the evaluators would be able to come out in September. Is it a lot harder to pull after a month or two? Has anyone done this, and how has it worked? Am torn -- know it is easier to HS pulling before a school year starts. BUT...it would be very helpful to get evaluations and we have been requesting these for about a year and a half. Any thoughts? provenance
  8. We have homeschooled our son for a couple of years, and plan to homeschool our daughter who is going to start 1st grade. However, we have been working the past year to get independent evaluations related to her special needs. It's a long story, but if she remained in school, the evaluators would be able to come out in September. Is it a lot harder to pull after a month or two? Has anyone done this, and how has it worked? Am torn -- know it is easier to HS pulling before a school year starts. BUT...it would be very helpful to get evaluations and we have been requesting these for about a year and a half. Any thoughts? provenance
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