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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. 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
  3. Hello, How do you know if a child has learning disability? I know someone who doesn't recognize all his letters and numbers. He may also not able to count, according to his parents. I tried something to see what his parents what talking about. I had 2 balls in each hand and asked him how many balls do I have. I couldn't quite understand him (because of his speech problem), but he said something along the lines of 2. He might of meant 2 in each hand. So, I put all 4 balls in one hand then asked him how many. He said that I had 3. Then he ran off. :) Nothing wrong with running off. :) He can sing the alphabet song. Knows most of his colors and has speech problems. According to his parents, he has behavior problems as well. He does act differently than my children. He is almost 6 years old. Is this the beginning signs of LD? If so, can you recommend and books or websites I should be reading in case I have to tutor him. (He's family and his mother wouldn't mind me teaching him because she hates school and hates teaching). She is forced to homeschool. He is currently in an online school. I'm afraid that no one wants to admit that he has LD and will spend his kindergarten year trying to get his mom to do extra teaching, then figuring out whats wrong with him the next year, then getting him tested the following year. I just see them going down that road. They think that he's not exposed to his letters, so that's why he doesn't know them. That can be true, but I don't know and that's why I'm asking. Any advise? And no, I'm not forcing my way in. If there's something that I can read, like Games for reading by Peggy Kaye and just play games with him then that's great. Since he's family I see him often and can see him more if needed. At this point in time, I'm not going to start anything official until he does get tested, but that could be another 3 years and want to help a little bit before than. Perhaps it's the way he's being taught? I don't know. Is this too young to know? Really out of my elements here. Would like some good and helpful advice. Thank you for reading this!
  4. Hi, My 4 year old has autism. Ive seen recommendations on this site that seem to suggest that NeuroNet can be interchangeable with Interactive Metronome. DD has issues with motor planning and imitation. Since we do not have qualified practitioners of IM or NeuroNet close by, Im curious, is NeuroNet (which parents can learn up on after a 1 month training program) as effective as IM? Does it help with motor planning issues? thank you!
  5. I have a 7 yr old son in second grade. He started preschool when he was 3 due to weaknesses in Adaptive Skills and Communication, Expressive Language. He received speech therapy. When he turned 4, they said he showed such great improvement that he was released from special education and was a typical peer in the same preschool class. Now, in 2nd grade, he is struggling. His main problem is his reading. He is very slow and often forgets words, even if he read the same thing 15 seconds ago. He has trouble deciphering words and sounding out what he sees. He knows what sounds a letter makes, but when it comes to reading, it comes out wrong. At lot of times, he'll be reading and a completely different word comes out of his mouth. He reads the word voyage and says enjoy. He has some trouble with his spelling as well. He forgets what word he's trying to spell and also spells as he hears words. Missed comes out misst. I have to annunciate everything when we go over his homework. My son is a bit of an odd bird, in addition to the problems at school. He has several phobias, the worst being his potty habits. He's scared to wipe himself because he doesn't want to get anything on him. He will wait as long as possible to go to the bathroom just so he won't have to wipe. Then, he sometimes has accidents because he waits so long. In that case, he never says anything and I end up figuring out when the smell hits me. He's afraid of a lot of animals, even the teacup Yorkie next door. He screams like he's being beaten when the dog comes outside. He hates changing things. I have a hrd time changing shoes when he outgrows them or even something like buying a different type of sock. He has trouble with eating. He likes chicken nuggets/tenders. If I give him a piece of chicken breast, not breaded, he won't eat because it's different. He doesn't care that it's the same as a nugget, without breading. He his highly imaginative and creative. He can build anything out of a pile of nothing. His drawing is wonderful, bright and colorful. He's is constantly drawing pictures and making cards and letters for me. They had a Christmas program at school the other day. He was right up front, doing ALL the hand signals and dance steps just perfectly and actually, gracefully. All that said, he barely sang any of the songs. When helping with homework, I have to write spelling words on index cards. to do ABC order, he takes the cards and puts them in order, on the floor. He does it just fine, but can't do it if it's a list on paper. He has to use touch points on his math to help with adding/subtraction. He uses a lot of maniuplatives for his work. His writing is pretty bad. If he does a very neat homework paper, it takes a lot of time and effort. I have started using the lined paper that the school uses in first grade and K. It helps, but his letters are still odd shaped, too close, too far, very large, very small.....always just a mess with lower and capital letters mixed in. Again, he's a strange child. He's just so different and sees the world in a different way. Even friends and family say things to me like you know your kid's weird or you have an odd kid. It's always said with love as he's a super sweet child, but sometimes, we just have to cock our head and look at him and think what in the world? The school just keeps telling me that he's immature and needs to be held back. I think there is a learning disability of some type. At birth, he suffered "terminal meconium" aspiration and wasn't breathing. It was quite a while before I even got to see him while a respiratory team worked on him. His birthday is June 16, so he turned 5 two months before he started K. He doesn't get into trouble and has had almost no discipline problems this year. I'm so tired of hearing he's immature. I finally made the school test him. They said he needs to be held back a year and that will fix the delay in his learning. I need to understand the results better to make a decision. WISC-IV Verbal Comprehension 93 Similarities 8 Vocabulary 9 Comprehension 9 Perceptual Reasoning Index 90 Block Design 9 Pictures Concepts 8 Matrix Reasoning 8 Working Memory Index 83 Digit Span 7 Letter-Number Sequencing 7 Processing Speed Index 109 Coding 11 Symbol Search 12 FULL SCALE IQ 90 They say he's average and that he just needs better reading fluency and holding him back will fix it. Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement-3rd Edition Listening Comprehension 112 Basic Reading Skills 97 Reading Comprehension 89 Reading Fluency 72 Math Calculation Skills 94 Math Reasoning 95 Written Expression 84 Broad Reading 90 Broad Math 90 Broad Written Language 86 Letter-Word Identification 97 Reading Fluency 72 Calculation 97 Math Fluency 85 Spelling 96 Writing Fluency 85 Passage Comprehension 93 Applied Problems 89 Writing Samples 86 Word Attack 97 Reading Vocabulary 87 Quantitative Concepts 104 Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-3rd Edition (WIAT-III) Reading Comprehension 80 Oral Reading Fluency 77 If you can help me understand all this, I can make a better decision as to how to progress with his schooling. Thanks
  6. Let me start by saying that I do respect anyone who wads into special needs issues. That said I have my doubts simply because her phonics material doesn't look to use the time proven o/g methods, but is just highly visual. I though I would do a poll to see what popular opinion is on her exercises before I spend a lot of time on them. :D Anyone who wants to expound is welcome to. Heather p.s. Option #4 should be DIDN'T see any significant improvement...sheesh!
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