In the process of being evaluated

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In the process of being evaluated
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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 12:46pm

I posted around a couple months ago regarding issues that I am having with my son.

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Registered: 04-19-2008
Mon, 04-23-2012 - 10:49am
Not all meds suppress appetite, and getting the ADHD under control will usually help the SD's tremendously.

I would speak to a Psychiatrist about meds though, and seeing the OT is a great idea.
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Sun, 04-22-2012 - 12:45pm
Ugh. I hate that "don't request a specific teacher" stuff. Get the psychologist to write a letter. Then write you own, and include something along the lines that you "are afraid he will be left behind unless he gets the teacher who has the best understanding of him and his needs, and that you understand as testing IS important to the school district, that you feel that due to his delays this teaching environment would be most likely to allow him to school at his optimum level." Yes, I am saying to play off of the No Child Left Behind and the required testing. Your son has specific needs that are medical and behavioral, and the teacher has shown in the past that she is willing to work with him without medication.

The OT will test for some stuff related to vision, but not as much as the optometrist . For us, OT was a waste of time until we got the vision issues fixed. THEN he started to make much better progress with the OT. So at the risk of sounding like a skipping record, get the vision checked out. At least rule it out as an issue. I had to go on my mom gut feeling on doing this, and it was the right move. None of the professionals knew about it. And my son had a lot of sensory things that went away when he could see right - things in his mouth, eating crunchy stuff constantly, spinning, touching everything.
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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 4:36pm

It wasn't just his teacher that canceled his IEP, we all had a meeting and I fully backed the teacher in her decision.

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Registered: 04-19-2008
Tue, 04-17-2012 - 9:48am
A teacher cannot cancel an IEP, only an entire team with your cinsent can cancel an IEp.

I would not put much stock in the checklist, it is usually biased, and teachers are usually coached in filling them out( they will fill them out in the schools favor)
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Sat, 04-14-2012 - 10:52am
Urg! How frustrating! Ok, for the future, let them scale back services, but not end completely.

Have you had him tested by a developmental optometrist to see if he needs vision therapy? The school won't pay for this, but it did help my son a whole lot. He was seeing in double vision, and if he moved, everything else stood still - so he moved a LOT. Vision therapy allowed the words on the page to hold still, and he really made progress with his math and reading. As he had progressed through the years of school before vision therapy, he started with large fonts and uncrowded pages. As he got older, the words got smaller which made it harder to read when they were moving around. It is possible that your son is having similar issues - does well when the size is large, but not so well with the small stuff, which would account for him not progressing the way that they want him to, while he is still able to show that he is extremely smart. (My son is also way smart, but he still had issues.)

Rule vision issues out - things like convergence issues (tracking.) Don't expect that the person that you are seeing for the ADHD evaluation to do this. The doctor who diagnosed my son totally missed this.
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Fri, 04-13-2012 - 3:08pm
I still can't believe they cancelled his IEP, that's so frustrating! I think that with the psychologist's help you'll be able to get him back on an IEP. Clearly there are both behavior and learning issues based on what they are saying on that form. It doesn't make sense that they say he's doing well in school when his reading level has dropped and he's below grade level.