New Here, LD Child

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Mon, 05-05-2008 - 9:55am

Hello everyone. I have been around the boards here for 10 years and we finally got a more official diagnoses with my soon to be 10 year old DD when she was given a series of physchological and educational tests along with IQ test in

Debbie, Mom to my "only" Stephanie
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Mon, 05-05-2008 - 11:04am

Hi, there, quite new myself over here..trying to read around this board too!


I am a certified special ed teachers grades K-12 so if there is anything specific I can help you with, feel free to post. I have alot of strategies school aged children can use in schools and suggestions to give to their teachers to help them be successful in the classroom.


This is also for everyone else around here.


(My Ryan is 18 months and not walking or talking yet, he is getting an Early Intervention Eval Monday the 12th)


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Mon, 05-05-2008 - 5:34pm

Hi.


My DD Madylan has MR, or Cognitive Delay/Low Cognitive defict (Whatever they feel like calling it that day lol)


She functions at 3 years for Social/emotional


4.5 years overall. She is now 8.5 years old.


We were also told she was HF Autistic, but they recinded when they saw how attached she was to me and how social she TRIES to be.


She never makes eye contact tho, and she has to have things lined up just right and gets stuck on sensory thigns all the time. But that is more then likily her way of keeping things ordered in her head.


I am sorry you are going through this, but welcome to the board.

              *Praying for my best friend, my Dad*


 &n

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Mon, 05-05-2008 - 6:33pm
Hi and welcome. I hope you find support here. My dd is only 2 1/2 but has a brain disorder and seizures. She has severe physical and cognitive delays. She will be starting preschool next year. Kari
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Mon, 05-05-2008 - 6:35pm
Mary,
Just wanted to say a quick welcome to you and Ryan too. Glad to hear he is with EI and hope you are seeing good progress. Welcome to the board. Kari
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Mon, 05-05-2008 - 9:06pm

Hi Debbie and welcome. My dd Megan is 7.5. Her IQ when it was tested at age 5 showed her to be in the mild MR range. She also has a pdd-nos dx - she's social but has enough other characteristics for them to think she's on the autism spectrum. But really she's a difficult kid to figure out. She's pretty smart, but does have issues focusing, and can't talk at all. She has an abnormal eeg, and was put on Trileptal for seizures when she was 4. They're under control now thank goodness and knock on wood. She can learn, but it does take more effort than with my son who will be 5 next month.


Glad you found us and I look forward to getting to know you and your dd better.


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Tue, 05-06-2008 - 9:17pm

Welcome Debbie,


I have an only too.

Jan & Matthew (11) - mild hypotonia, apraxia, dysarthria, autism

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Wed, 05-07-2008 - 12:58am

Thanks everyone for the welcome. It is good to get to know you all better and I wish you luck with all that you are going through. It is a struggle, but we will get through it. She is such a sweet kid and I can see her getting frustrated with herself because she has a hard time grasping things, yet she loves to learn so that is good. I hope she doesn't lose that.


Debbie

Debbie, Mom to my "only" Stephanie
Debbie, Mom to my "only" Stephanie
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Wed, 05-07-2008 - 1:44pm

Hey there and welcome. I'm pretty new myself and not very active n the board, but I pop in every now and then. My Xander was diagnosed mild retardation last fall with an IQ of 74. Back then his overall cognitive and developmental age was around 3 1/2. He's 5 1/2 now and in Kindergarden and loving it. He'll repeat next year to give him a leg up. The school district couldn't actually classify him under the retardation diagnosis because CA law prohibits IQ testing of African American students. Weird and I don't understand, but whatever. He's receiving services under the severe learning disabled diagnosis instead. He also has a lot of autistic traits, especially sensory sensitivity and sensory seeking, but he's very social and sweet. We're lucky we caught it so early and got him in for an evaluation. I've been told such an early diagnosis is unusual and MR kids aren't usually picked out until 2nd or 3rd grade, when they're already way behind in school and floundering badly.

My almost 10 y/o bio daughter is high-functioning autism(Asperger's most likely). She's in the gifted program at school and bored to tears. LOL! I've also got a 4 y/o daughter and a 6 month old foster/adopt son who will be freed for adoption in a month. WOOT!

I admire you for homeschooling. I could not do it. I've got 4 kids too though. LOL! Xander gets 1 on 1 for 40 minutes daily with the special ed teacher before school, speech 2X/week, and OT once a week. I've noticed a marked improvement in some areas since the tutoring with special ed teacher started. Like your daughter, there's just some thing he doesn't "get" yet. He can sight read words he's memorized, but he doesnst quite understand phonics and sounding things out. He also has severe math deficits, can't even count to 10 consistently or recognize numerals to 10. School says he has both auditory and visual processing disorders.

Good luck in getting your DD the help that she needs and providing her what she needs to learn and grow to maximize her potential!

-Jenn

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