What methods or programs can I use to improve my son's reading? I've tried everything!! (IEP/SLD)

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What methods or programs can I use to improve my son's reading? I've tried everything!! (IEP/SLD)
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Fri, 09-16-2011 - 12:55pm
  1. My son is now 11 years old.
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Forget whatever the SCHOOL found.

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Have you had him tested privately? I strongly encourage you to do that.
I had my son tested for dyslexia (I encourage you to have you child tested for dyslexia, my son is almost 11 and is dyslexic) he was tested at our local scottish rite, they do the testing for free. If you go to google, google scottish rite dyslexia and put in your state. Call them and get on the list. I would also talk to your family doctor and see if he can give you some suggestions.

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Many feel that an Orton Gillingham type of method is the only thing that will work.

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Along with the things that Sabertooth said to get tested for, go to a developmental optometrist and have him checked to see if his eyes are working together properly. If both eyes are not able to look at the same word for a period of time, he may be seeing in double vision. My son had this issues and did vision therapy for 6 months and it made a world of difference for his reading, attention and writing. Just be sure it is a developmental optometrist, not an ophthalmologist. The test should rule out this one area if he doesn't have the problem and you can move on to other things.
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Registered: 11-26-2001

Definitely go the route of getting him tested. Scottish Rite is a good first step. The people at Scottish Rite can also help you find the right diagnosticians for further testing.

another poster mentioned the program called LANGUAGE. It's an excellent program for teaching reading and is used and offered by some Scottish Rite units. I had fun teaching with the program and my kids had fun learning with it as well. It's adaptable to all levels of learning and processing skills.

Once you've figured out the root problem -- then you can move forward - Look at the IEP you have for your son. Does it now need a rewrite to meet a new DX?

 

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Registered: 10-03-2011

My nephew just got fitted for ChromaGen Vision lenses. They have been a huge help, he said the words stopped moving on the page. Not only is he doing better in school, his confidence has soured. They are prescriptive lenses, can be put into any other glasses or contacts you my have. The best thing about this was that the results were immediate in the doctor's office, when the correct combination of lenses were put on him, his face just lit up! He was so excited that the words weren't moving. He still has to catch up at school because he was a little behind but the help that these lenses have provided has been incredible. There is a brief questionnaire on their site to see if they may work for you or your child. ireadbetternow.com

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Registered: 05-02-2004
It would not hurt to have him tested by a developmental optometrist to see if he needs vision therapy. Basically, the eyes are not able to look at the same thing at the same time, resulting in double vision and dyslexic tendencies. If you have insurance, get him tested because you think he has lazy eye, not that he doesn't have 20/20 vision. The difference is the lazy eye will come under medical, not vision, and the medical insurance can pay for it. Vision therapy made a huge difference for my son. Schools will not suggest or pay for it, so you won't hear about it from them.

Good luck, and good for you for continuing to look for appropriate help for him!
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Registered: 05-02-2004
Oops, looks like I already suggested that....sorry all to add nothing new!