Child Diagnosed with LD

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Child Diagnosed with LD
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Thu, 03-22-2012 - 3:42pm

Hi there,

My son is in first grade and was recently diagnosed by his school's special ed. dept as having learning disabilities (LD) that encompass reading, writing, and math.

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Wed, 04-04-2012 - 12:03pm
Yes, though it has been a while ago. One thing that I don't recall seeing in his book was about vision issues related to visual processing and the ability for both eyes to move together (tracking.) My son had fine motor issues (speech since 3) and had issues with reading the fonts as they got smaller, as well as writing. Vision therapy helped immensely.

Depending on his issues....use graph paper for math. Cover up everything except the line that he is supposed to read when reading. Get a slant board or a 3 inch thick binder for him to do his writing on. (Clip the papers on so they stay in place.) Practice spelling by holding his arm out straight and forming the letters in the air. Use tiles or magnetic letters to practice spelling. Use clay to form the letters. Use tiles or magnets to show the math. Do wheelbarrow walking or bear walk (hands and feet on ground) at regular intervals when doing work to help with core body muscle strength and concentration. (It also helps with hand strength.) If these things help at home, ask the teacher about him being able to use them in class. If he is getting Occupational Therapy, talk to the therapist about other things to help at home and in the classroom. Most of these ideas are from our OT, some from trial and error.

Oh, and over the summer do fun stuff like dot to dots, and mazes (without touching the lines) and hidden pictures. These don't seem academic, but they do help a lot, and are fun for most kids.
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Fri, 03-30-2012 - 10:41pm
Talk with the teacher about what challenges he is having and ask her for ideas of accommodations you can make at home to help him. For instance when my son was in 1st grade he had a very hard time with spacing his writing (still a challenge but he is much better) so with his homework when he would have to write sentences I would have him dictate the sentence to me, I would write it or type it then on his paper I would use a highlighter and highlight the spaces for him to write each word. He would copy what I had written and only write his words in the highlighted spaces. It helped him w/ spacing and keeping words in the lines.
My son was diagnosed with LD in 2nd grade and at the beginning of 3rd grade he was diagnosed w/ Dyslexia. I had him tested through our local Scottish Rite. With that diagnoses he had an SLD and since it was specific they could give him even better accommodations. Have you considered going any further and seeing if you can put a name to the his LD?

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Sat, 03-24-2012 - 8:40am
I'm reading the book, A Mind at a Time... Have you read that one of his?

 

 

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Sat, 03-24-2012 - 8:39am
What are the issues in reading, writing and math? I would take what you hear at school and try to apply them at home, That might mean breaking down lessons or homework into really small steps, Reading to understand. A teacher told me once that "why" is the greatest tool you can use with your child and comprehension - i.e. When a child tells you about a story, ask why, When he tells you more, Ask why again and so on..... Good Luck.

P.S. Don't be afraid to ask for extra resources from school, Teachers closets are sometimes full of prior year test booklets, Reading workbooks, etc to work with your child on to..

 

 

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Fri, 03-23-2012 - 2:45pm
Will he be seeing the resouce teacher for those classes? Getting OT? Will he (eventually) have assistance with writing? Like being able to use a computer, Fusion or some other device?

Look up specifically what they say the issues are. Mel Lavine has written a bunch of books that may be of help. Ask the school what their plan is for school, and how you can help at home and over the summer. And don't let them pin all success on you doing stuff after school. As you said, he is tired and he needs a chance to do stuff that is not school work too.