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July 18th, 2007, 06:45 AM
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My son has an autism spectrum disorder and low vision. Are there any other special needs kids around?

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July 18th, 2007, 09:09 AM
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None of my kids have special needs, but I just wanted to say that I work with special needs kids. Last year my students were kids with everything from Autism to cognitive impairments to emotional impairments and almost everything you can think of in between!
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July 18th, 2007, 01:55 PM
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My daughter has Central Auditory Processing Disorder, ADHD and dyslexia.

Farm Mom, you are a very special person. My daughter had fantastic ESE teachers, I know how tough their jobs were. I sat down with my daughter every evening to help her with her homework. Her teacher told me she was one of very few ESE students that did homework or got help from their parents.
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July 18th, 2007, 03:14 PM
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My daughter has Central Auditory Processing Disorder, ADHD and dyslexia.

Farm Mom, you are a very special person. My daughter had fantastic ESE teachers, I know how tough their jobs were. I sat down with my daughter every evening to help her with her homework. Her teacher told me she was one of very few ESE students that did homework or got help from their parents.[/b]
Thank you, that's very kind of you. I honestly do love my job and my students. They rock!

I should clarify that I am NOT a teacher. I am a Para-Educator. Some districts call us Para-Pro's or teaching assistants. My job is to guide the special needs students through their school day and assist them with whatever they need; schoolwork, mostly, but also learning to socialize with their peers, conflict resolution... whatever they need!
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July 18th, 2007, 05:12 PM
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The elementary school my daughter attended was the.....I guess magnet school for children were non-signing hearing impaired. They didn't HAVE to attend that school, but it was geared towards them. We were fortunate that we are within the boundary for that school. Since my Lizzie has CAPD, she is better in classes with a sound field. CAPD is not a recognized disability in Florida, but of course her ADHD is.

The ESE specialist made sure that in the 4th and 5th grade, she was placed in a classroom with the sound field (at least one in every grade). There was a PARA with the mainstreamed hearing impaired children in each sound field classroom. When the PARA would help those children with the lessons after the teacher taught the lesson, she would invite Lizzie to join them. I volunteered in the classroom, I saw them in action, those women had the patience of a saint. They were the kindest, nicest people. And I believe that extra attention helped her actually pass the 5th grade math FCATs last year. It was by the skin of her teeth, but she did pass them. Her time was split 50/50 between general studies math and ESE math.

So my admiration of you is in no way lessened.
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July 19th, 2007, 06:25 AM
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None of my kids have special needs, but I just wanted to say that I work with special needs kids. Last year my students were kids with everything from Autism to cognitive impairments to emotional impairments and almost everything you can think of in between![/b]
Great to have you on the board!!! I may be asking you some questions.
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July 19th, 2007, 08:25 AM
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Ross has, LD, Social and emotional delays, possible OCD, Possible dyspraxia, anxiety, poor hearing and Asthma.

Elliot has the label LD, Severe delays in all areas but we are still thinking possible ASD.
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