Not sure if this is the right place.....

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Registered: 05-12-2003
Not sure if this is the right place.....
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Wed, 04-14-2004 - 10:31am
I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for and this is what fit most closely I think.

My dd, who is 7 and in 1st grade, has recently been diagnosed with dyslexia. I have known in my gut for some time that this might be the problem, but after going through 1st grade and not learning to read, I had her tested independently (by a licensed school psychologist). I did it that way b/c I felt the school was taking too much time. (Although in their defense, I do feel that they moved more quickly with her than others). Right now, I am awaiting the results of their (school) testing before they compare......and then we meet and hammer out a plan. Overall, I do not trust the school (After all its a business and the bottom line in business is $$$, right). I do feel the principal is an advocate, as well as dd's homeroom teacher. I don't trust the school psychologist either. She seems too hardened, too distant and uncaring. Whether this is accurate or not, I just do not know. As far as the district goes, its quite wealthy and has several blue ribbon schools within the district.

Her teacher has been absolutely great. Her reading support teacher does not believe her test results. I can just read it within her voice, words and mannerisms. (although in *her* defense, I know she greatly cares for my dd)

So, I was wondering if I am in the right place and what are your childrens' special needs?

TIA, jan

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 04-14-2004 - 4:26pm

Jan, welcome (by the way, I LOVE your name!).

 


 



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Registered: 05-12-2003
Thu, 04-15-2004 - 3:46pm
Thanks so much for answering. I suppose I am quite fortunate. The evaluator spent 2, 2 hour sessions with dd. They did a whole lot of tests, TOWRE, GORT, a regular IQ (verbal and written.) as well as a slew of others. And they did sit down and present everything to us, and met again to answer further questions. Gave us suggestions for resources. I have started her there (Its a total learning center) to begin with the "Orton-Gillingham" method. So far, so good.

And yes, the assured me that if I needed, the person who preformed dd's tests would be able to come to an IEP or other type of meeting if needed. It made it all sound like there is a good chance of having to fight for my dd's rights for a proper education, in a fashion she can learn to her best ability.

I will check out the other boards you mentioned. I got the name 'foxtrax' from my old telephone number when I was single! and 2000, when I joined ivillage. Geez. Its been 4 years already!

thanks, goot run, ds is home!

jan

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 04-15-2004 - 4:25pm

Julie, it sounds like you're on the right track.