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  1. Has anyone had a child diagnosed with cluttering? My son was officially diagnosed at the end of last year. It seems to have a connection with a lack of short term memory and I'm wondering how we can go about improving his, especially where math facts come into play. His long term memory is fantastic, but it's getting information there. This will be a new experience for us. He's going into Middle School now so their speech services are rather different from what he had been getting and will have to take some classes--he's doing science which he loves.
  2. I have a 2 year old with a severe phonological disorder. Up until 2.5 she was ONLY saying vowels (except for Momma and Daddy). She has just this month started trying to say consonants in other words but it is a struggle for her. I'm just curious if there is anyone else out there that has had a child with a severe phonological disorder. What all did you do to help? How long did it take for them to be intelligible, etc?
  3. Dear Forum Folk, We hope you have found The Well-Trained Mind and these forums to be excellent resources for your home schooling efforts! We’ve been in the classical education business for over 15 years, providing homeschooling families with high-quality, ground-breaking resources that combine the best of the classical tradition with innovative teaching methods. In fact, more than half a million parents have successfully used the curricula, book lists, and methods of The Well-Trained Mind to teach their children at home. Now, we’re excited to bring you the second academic year of the Well-Trained Mind Academy, with experienced instructors to further your ability to homeschool your children at middle school and high school levels of learning. We’ve listened to our customers who feel they would benefit from access to instructors for advanced or technical subjects. Explore our online course offerings to discover exciting new options for your family! Over 25 full-year courses and 13 single-semester electives. Special focus on written language, small class sizes, and instructor feedback. New electives offering music theory, Socratic discussion, spoken rhetoric, and grammar. Pre-Registration for the 2015-2016 Academic Year is available only until April 14th, which entitles you to the steepest discounts we will provide to the general public! Simply visit our site for a list of courses, and pre-register today! www.WTMAcademy.com Contact Us: 844-986-9862 Why the extension? Many have asked us about monthly payment plans. We’re finalizing a system that will allow families to make automated monthly payments on tuition, rather than having to pay the full amount up front. It's almost ready to go, but still needs thorough testing. So we’ve decided to delay general registration until that payment-plan testing is finished.
  4. 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
  5. I came back from my first NCFCA tournament this weekend. My son is doing debate, but as a parent I am asked (nay, required!) to judge all sorts of events. I had the privileged to judge two speech rounds. One was a persuasive speech and one was an impromptu sort of speech where the student draws three topics and then after four minutes of prep time gives a six minute speech. In both cases I was blown away the quality of the speakers I had children as young as twelve compete in both events. The best of persuasive speakers was advocating a specific law change and she could easily give her speech anywhere and gain converts to her advocacy But other speeches were on fun topics like chickens as pets and a gap year after high school. In the impromptu round one girl used a quote that caused one of the adults, a speaker by trade, to stop her and get her to repeat it so he could use it. If you are interested in your child gaining confidence in speaking this is a great way to go. The debaters are equally amazing. I saw students who hear an eight minute presentation from the first team (affirmative) and after only a couple of minutes of prep time get up and present an eight minute counter speech with evidence and organization. I also saw the students cross examine each other both coming up with good questions to ask and dealing with a slippery witness and answering tough questions, some of which were loaded about their point of view on the topic being debated. Further all these children knew a whole lot more about the UN and how it operates than anyone I know. The two groups I am aware of doing this are: http://www.ncfca.org/ This is the one we participated in. http://www.stoausa.org/
  6. Hi everyone, We have been waitlisted for a play therapy place, so Im trying to find some good books to help improve DDs (4yo, autism dx) play skills in the meantime. She is not very verbal. Any tips would be helpful. Also, Ive searched around amazon for some good books on play skills and found some- could you please let me know if any of these are useful. Theres quite a few! Thanks for reading http://www.amazon.com/Teaching-Playskills-Children-Autistic-Spectrum/dp/0966526635/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2BHNXY42CS0F2&coliid=I9IVHZO5MYN4M http://www.amazon.com/Developmentally-Appropriate-Play-Guiding-Children/dp/1605540374/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2BHNXY42CS0F2&coliid=I3J2YVBFH37CLM http://www.amazon.com/Play-Therapy-Aspergers-Syndrome-Adolescents/dp/0765708566/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2BHNXY42CS0F2&coliid=IRXAU3LGRT33J http://www.amazon.com/The-Learning-Tree-Overcoming-Disabilities/dp/B004NSVG8U/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2BHNXY42CS0F2&coliid=I2QR7BGI8CAG9X http://www.amazon.com/Every-Child-Can-Learn-Developmental/dp/1412947952/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT1_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2BHNXY42CS0F2&coliid=I3NEZG3ND9LHON http://www.amazon.com/Peer-Play-Autism-Spectrum-Socialization/dp/193128217X/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2BHNXY42CS0F2&coliid=IMKLJFQ1CY1NK http://www.amazon.com/Play-Based-Interventions-Children-Adolescents-Disorders/dp/0415890756/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2BHNXY42CS0F2&coliid=I3BF7OHZA28JUB http://www.amazon.com/Building-Social-Relationships-Interaction-Difficulties/dp/1931282943/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2BHNXY42CS0F2&coliid=IPHBMCZ4GLDH4 thank you!
  7. Greetings! I am posting to let you know about an exciting educational opportunity for homeschool students in the areas of speech and debate. The Puget Sound Debate Camp trains students in argumentation and communication skills. Debate camp allows students to hone their public speaking, critical thinking, research, and listening abilities. These skills are essential for college preparation and success in the real world. Every well-rounded student should have excellent communication skills and debate training provides that and so much more. Our camp is hosted on the campus of Bellevue College and is one week long - August 6th-11th. The campus is open to students 12-18 years old. The camp is staffed by a number of experienced debaters and debate coaches who have been nationally ranked in high school and college debate and have extensive coaching/training experience. For more information, please visit http://debatecamp.pssda.net/ And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me at camp@pssda.net Thank you! Daniel Beasley Puget Sound Debate Camp Director
  8. I am new on this forum and this is my first post here. I need advice about my son. He is almost six years old, and I think he has some problems with his speech. Three years ago he was on speech therapy (for about six months) with private speech therapist. After six months she tested him, and told us that her job with our son is done. In her opinion his speech was fine. Before therapy he could not say nine sounds and all English blends. Instead of fish he would say sish, fox was tox.... Today, he can say all sounds and blends. He is reading very well for his age (kindergarten). He l-o-v-e-s to talk, but nobody understands him well except of me. I am concerned about how he speaks. He is bilingual, and the same thing is happening in both languages. For example, he will say: " I have a big. " What he really wants to say is: " I have a big blue ball. " He always says only half of sentence. He is a very smart, and very, very active child. How to help him? Have you ever heard anything like this? Is he lazy to talk, or there is a real problem here? Thank you in advance.
  9. My ds8 has been discharged from speech services. Yay! He is testing at or above age/grade level in a series of tests our therapist gave him. We'll meet with her in about 6 months but we're on our own. My question: Does anyone have some good websites/books/games etc to recommend for oral motor exercises and pragmatics? I'd like to keep up at home, as long as it's helping him.
  10. Our DS, 9, just had an auditory processing eval and we recently got report. One question I forgot to ask the audiologist was just so simple--does he have auditory processing issues? We did discuss the specific results, mostly normal but he didn't pass Auditory Continuous Performance Test (raising thumb for target word), or Memory for Sentences (repeating sentences w/o visual cues), or the RAN/RAS (perceiving visual symbol and retrieving name for it accurately and rapidly). Audiologist said sensory issues might well be a large part of it and also recommended ST evalu and language therapy for auditory working memory issues. Therapy to include things like visualization and chunking. Our son has sensory issues already (difficulty w/background noise esp), and does have an ADD diagnosis. Very, very bright but difficulty w focus especially in noisy or large environments like classroom. (Thus the HSing this year). If anyone can help me learn more about this, please, I'd so much appreciate it. Will definitely ask more ?s of audiologist. But I was wondering if these scores on a couple of tests constituted auditory processing issues or not. Just wondering if I'm trying to describe issues to someone new, would I mention auditory processing or not? Thank you so much for any help.... Amy
  11. Are there resources on doing this yourself? I am thinking this is where I would need to start with DS. Thanks!
  12. I am posting this question at the request of DH. In fact, his exact request was "Well, could you ask that homeschool forum with the zillion other moms on it?"(:lol:) DS will be 20 months (!) next week and DH is concerned that he's hardly talking at all. Well, he talks when he wants, just not in understandable English. He'll say words once or twice, in a very deliberate manner (as if to prove that he *can* say them) and then refuse to use the word again. If we insist that he uses words to ask for something (like a drink) he'll either decide it is not worth it and walk away or use "this" and point to it. He does have a (very slowly) growing list of words and phrases that get used on a daily basis. I'm convinced that DS simply doesn't see a need to talk yet. He was much the same way with crawling - he crawled a few feet at 5 months and then absolutely refused to even get on his hands and knees for more than a second until he was almost ten months old. When he did crawl you could almost see the conscious decision "I think I want to investigate over there instead of staying where mommy put me" and so he did. When talking to my grandmother she told me that her youngest was the same way. He refused to use more than a dozen or so words and phrases until he was almost three and then overnight he went from not speaking to saying things like "Can I have a drink of water?" "Where is dad?" "I need to go potty" etc. Other than the talking thing he is developmentally fine and ahead in some areas. Sometimes he is downright scary with his smartness. He's been able to pick out both my mom's cell and home number out of mine, and DH's, contact lists since he was 13 months old, and will alternate calling them until he gets his grandma. He really loves helping me cook and bake - last week I was making the bed and came out to find that he had pulled a chair up to the counter and pulled down a mixing bowl, had un-baby proofed the cabinets and gotten out the sugar, flour, and chocolate chips, and he had stuck them all in the mixing bowl with a spoon. He has plenty of exposure to language. DH and I make a real effort to talk to him a lot - explaining what we're doing, pointing out objects and naming them, and reading to him (lots and lots, he loves books!). He also shows an excellent understanding of words and can follow complex, multi-task directions. I'm not concerned (like I said, I think it is just a matter of he'll speak when he decides that he wants too), but DH is and I'm pretty sure it is because this was the big milestone that he was looking forward to. DH never had any experience (at all) with young kids before DS was born, so even still he is less than fluent in "Baby" and "Toddler" speak and I think he feels left out sometimes because of that. I think he also gets concerned because I am quite crunchy, and by default that has forced him to become crunchy (when before he was probably as far from crunchy as you could get). We get a lot crap/judgmental comments from well meaning neighbors/church members/ and family and I think at some deep level he comes back and wonders "Are we screwing our kid up by doing x instead of y? Is that why he's not talking as much as [enter the handful of 18-22 month old kids that he knows with a larger vocabulary than DS]?" So... long post (sorry) to simply ask: would you be concerned? For reference, in case anyone is wondering, he'll say these words and phrases on a daily basis: Mama Daddy/Papa Ummma (grandma) Ampa (grandpa) Nick (my brother, but he holds the i out for several seconds and usually adds the ending sound as an afterthought) Meow My Meow (in reference to both his favorite stuffed animal and a picture of the kitty that he has deemed his) Tales (Veggie Tales) Love you Ta-dah! (used for any/all reasons he deems celebratory) Ball Yeah Words and phrases he uses at least a few times a week: Eww, bum! My up (wants up, usually to get at something) No Tory (story) Hi! This There is (typically while playing hide and seek or peek-a-boo) Words that he's said a couple of times and then refuses to say again: Shoe Balloon Drink Bath Out Done train milk nurse bye-bye bed truck
  13. Am I over-thinking this? My child, 5, repeats words back to me with a different pronunciation. For example, "remember" becomes "renember" and "dough" becomes "doan". My daughter, 2 ,pronounces most everything correctly. He is reading, but do you think this might impede his spelling. This happens in maybe 1 out of ten things he repeats. Is this just normal? FYI, I do gently correct him and "break down" words for him. Sign of of a non-auditory learner? Ok I am over-thinking this....:tongue_smilie:
  14. I am thinking this must be some speech developmental phase because my dd4, who speaks very well, has within the past few weeks begun saying "I don't have no..." and things along that line. I don't know what she said before this began, but I figure it must have been grammatically correct because I don't remember it. I correct her, and have her say the correct thing, but it drives me to distraction. Anyone else experience this? She's not around anyone who speaks that way, so I don't know where she might have learned it.
  15. Our youngest son has speech problems. He was in speech therapy. Private speech therapy went really well. Then we had to go with public school therapy and it went downhill. The therapists attitude towards us and all our children was not acceptable. She would tell me every session how she had no idea what was wrong with him and she could not come up with any diagnosis. He is not in speech therapy currently. I'm seeing some marked improvement in this past year. He is learning to read. That seems to help with his speech. He pronounces a lot of his words with a thick East coast accent. Like bird is pronounced boy-ard. Does that make sense? We have never lived near there and he has no influences from there. He puts his tongue in the opposite direction. So, th might sound like f. He isn't tongue tied. He has no vision or hearing problems. He uses me for himself instead of I and Us instead of We. We still have to interpret for a lot of people. His speech is getting clearer and his sentence structure is doing better. I've been working on it through reading lessons and through oral narrations. He did seem to do better on a GFCF diet. But, that was 3 years ago. I'm considering trying it again. His oldest brother was diagnosed with PDD-NOS possibly Aspergers. But, honestly they are light night and day. Any experience with this or thoughts?
  16. Please tell me your humorous or dramatic speech ideas! My children are 6, 8 and 10 and their speeches only need to be about 45 seconds to a minute long and no more than 3 minutes. I'm struggling to find good content for each of them. Even if you only have one idea for one of them that will surely help. Here is the Assignment: All three of my dc are taking the Communicators for Christ Chapter Challenge with our local chapter which is a part of the Institute for Cultural Communications. This means that they have performed all sorts of speeches: Impromptu Introductions Reading or Recitation Expository Speech with a prop Extemporaneous Speech on Current Events Joke or funny Story (we borrowed a joke book), Impromptu Speeches, Persuasive (part of their upcoming Community Speaking Event) Speak in Public on your own at least once for ages 6-11 (not sure if this is part of the Challenge but it is part of the Chapter Requirements) Participate in a Group Community Speaking Event and the last one they each need to do is the Dramatic or Humorous Interpretation. I will be out a good part of today but will check back this evening.
  17. HI! I'm not a parent, at least not yet anyways. My name is lynn, born in 1984 as a frank breech birth in the U.S.. I was in the hospital alot in my first 4 years, at 3 i was given tubes to hear, which in 2000 caused my right ear to drain fluid for a week, a least thats what i beleive. I have always known something was wrong with my mental wireing for a while. I'm 25 now trying to stay in college but i'm have great deal of difficulties. I have been dianosed with ADD, depression, LDDD(L2-L5), and ostopersosis imperfecta. though some don't apply to some of my issues. I have issues pernocuning works as you can see spelling and sounding them out even reading outloud embarasses me.the doctors have told me im fine nothing to worry about, but there was so much time i missed out in the first years of life that cause me problems. I'm looking for anyone that can help me learn the basics of speech and such, so i can achive my degree. I'm constantly looking at my hands to know left from right. I don't blame my parents due to they way they themselves have been raised. I have an IQ of around 135 which is good. I understand my weakness but have no clue on how to correct it, i stopped working at the registar at work because i would mix up the numbers and say the wrong things. I can hear but i really have to straing to be able to comprehend the things being said, and mis hear things constantly. i've been told i'm faking and looking for attention but my issues are getting in the way of my degree. and i am not going to work retail all my life. I sometimes feel like a little frustated child because i'm 25 y/o and can't speak, or understand the things that everyone else does. its so frustrating when you know what you want to say, but can't properly follow through with it. my mind just jumps and my speech is jumbled all around. if this makes any sence to anyone, please say something, i'm tired of this simple thing that i fail to aquire frome interfering withe my life. shoot i can create wonderful quilts, jewerly, paintings, woodworking, soildering cables, making videos, sewing with my own created patterns, anyhting with my hands, i can read and even speak some japanese with ease but to pronounce a american english word i'm .......lost, and its hard to ask for help because when i do they all look at me and treat me like a baby or as if i was retarded. when i ask my parents they think i'm looking for attention. where i live i try very hard to hide my issue by advoiding thoes kinds of things but with college its different i want to learn to succed but the simpleist things frustrate me. is there any kind of help they could work for me. just point me in the direction. thanks
  18. Hi...I'm new here and need a little help with something. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!Ok, a little background here....I homeschool my 5 and 6 year old. I also have a set of 3 year-old twin boys. One does not talk(only 3 words, dada, mama, and uh-oh) and the other twin talks, but nasaled and not clear. The one that does not talk was born with HLHS(David), a serious heart condition and spent most of his time in the hospital. The other one, Darin, is fine healthwise, but delayed in his speech. They both seem very intelligent and understand everything I say. I will be starting to homeschool them this fall. Both of them clearly need speech therapy. David has already had speech, OT, PT, and knows basic sign language. He had that through early intervention in SC, where we were stationed last.(my husband's in the Navy and we move every two years.)Now we are in Massachusetts and I am trying to find a speech therapist who will work with them. I've checked with my insurance, I've talked to HSLDA(I've ordered Straight Talk from them), I HAD a speech therapist for a couple of sessions and she quit on me saying my kids needed more help than she can offer, I've gotten them evaluated at the public school, but have decided I don't want to go through the public school system at all. What can I do(without going through the public school system) to help my twins with their speech issues? What are all my options? What other resources have I overlooked? And what do I need to do as a homeschooling mom to cover myself(like keeping track of progress?) I know this was lengthy..sorry. Thanks for reading this! Danielle
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