Forum: Learning Disabilities and Special Education
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My middle son is 8(almost 8 1/2) and we are in the very beginning stages of getting him assesed for a learning delay. Since he entered school I have heard that Connor is reading/writing below requirement . There has been alot of frustration and tears (both of us) . Its been so deflating as a parent to hear it over and over with out anyone wanting to help.
We have researched learning disabilities ,and feel he has dysgraphia. His teacher last year(who just so happens to be this years teacher as well) and her aide from last year both thought that he has it as well. My best friends mother is a teacher who worked in literacy last year and worked with a child with dysgraphia.. After seeing and working with Connor over the summer she too feels this is what he has.. I know until we get the confirmation from a dr that yes this is infact what he has then its all a guess but as a mother.. I know this is what it is.
We got a cross over pencil grip to help gain proper pencil control by proper placement of the thumb and forefinger as children with dysgraphia often have a funny grip on a pencil..(which can add to their frustrations as well) . We are allowing him to type things more often as opposed to writing it out . There is an increase in the amount he produces that way. Once we get the confirmation from the dr, there is a program that the school can bring in that has a microphone to speak into and it types out what you are saying. I have seen samples of childrens work both before and after this program and its amazing.. the difference in what they can do.
This was longer than I expected.. sorry for that..ehehe
Pam, mom to Brenden,Connor and Isaac Magoo
Welcome. I am Jennifer, mommy to Alexis who is 6 and in special ed 1st grade. She is visually impaired, autistic and might have moderate mental retardation.
I hope you are able to get a diagnosis quickly and be able to start that program. It sounds absolutely amazing, and its wonderful to hear about this difference it makes in these children's lives. I hope you stick around and feel free to jump right in. things tend to be a little slow in here, but we always love new members.
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