Guest bdsandmls Posted July 6, 2012 Share Posted July 6, 2012 My DS2, just turned 6, is in need of a phonics program. He has already been diagnosed as dyslexic (his older brother is as well, but I think DS2 is quite severe, where DS1 is mild), ADHD (which we have under control with dietary changes), and a math processing issue. He was formerly diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech, but no longer fits the criteria, so is simply a phonological speech delay kiddo. We suspect he has some sort of language processing or language recall issue as well, but have no offical or unofficial diagnosis. He has been in ECI since age two, was in headstart for 2 years and learned nothing more than the first letter of his name and to recognize his own name. After a year of detoxing from public schools and slowly homeschooling he can point out about 3/4 of the letters if you show him a sheet of paper with all the letters and ask him to find a specific one. If you ask him to tell you the names of any of them on the paper (instead of naming and then he finds) he can only name J, X, and O. He knows no letter sounds - despite working on them in headstart, speech and our homeschooling classes. Scottish Rite diagnosed his dyslexia back in April and we were really pushed to put him back in public schools. However, we believe that for him, this would be a huge mistake as he is VERY aware of his learning struggles and will shut down if pushed too far, which happens easily. He doesn't need the pressures of public school. We do speech therapy 2X a week thru a local university. We have the BOB books - starting with the alphabet ones and everything except the Compound words and Long Vowels sets. He is quite interested in them. Scottish Rite recommended Lindamood-Bell (which is what they are basing his speech lessons off of at speech therapy) or the Orton-Gillingham method. Eventually he will go to dyslexia class at Scottish Rite, but I know from his brother going there the last year (1 more year to go), that he is nowhere near ready for their curriculum. We are new to purchasing curriculums, last year we just used stuff I had from teaching in PS combined with more of an unschooling philosophy as we all detoxed from public schools. We are purchasing quite a bit this year already, so would like to keep expenses down as much as possible while still getting him the quality program he needs to be successful. He is a very kinesthetic learner, but does better with verbal lessons than visual lessons. He doesn't like handwriting, but does like doing things like cutting and gluing, doing dot-to-dot activities and mazes. Sorry for the book; Here are my basic questions I guess: 1) has anyone every HS'ed a child like my DS 2) can anyone recommend a phonics curriculum that would be helpful for him? TIA for any help! Melissa former PS elementary teacher DS1 (9) Dyslexic, GT, suspected ADD - looking forward to beginning our official HS curriculums, including Latin (and eventually Greek - so he can read Homer in the original translations) DS2 (6) Speech/Phonological Disorder, Dyslexic, ADHD, Math Processing Disorder, suspected language processing/recall disorder - likes HSing on HIS terms DD1 (3) Speech/Fluency delays, general mischief maker and laughter generator in our house Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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