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February 8th, 2008, 04:16 PM
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He is going to be 13 in April (by the way)

I doubt it!!!
Teachers, diagnosticians, and counselors have found him to have a listening comprehension, written comprehension and a math reasoning disability. that all goes under the subject of "learning disability".
Listening comprehension?????? i doubt it....i think it is just SELECTIVE HEARING and just NOT wanting to listen (being bored)
All the intelligence tests done show he has an average IQ. They also show he is not "mentally retarded" in their words. He also doesn't have visual or hearing problems (according to tests done). He is in speech therapy though.
He has a 2.9 grade level for Oral Language (I think that is because he always lived with his mom and she was always out partying and sleeping with men (no, seriously...not joking) so he had no one to talk to. He has a 3.5 grade level in Oral Expression....again read the above statement. He has a 2.6 grade level of Listening Comprehension...because he was always sent to his room to play video games or watch tv when he lived with his mom and when he got in trouble, she just took away his video games and tv.
He has a 3.0 grade level in Broad Reading, 3.2 grade level in Basic Reading, 3.1 grade level in Reading Comprehension, and a 3.0 grade level in Reading Fluency.
Okay THAT right there shows that there is just TOO MUCH FREAKING VIDEO GAMES AND TV BEING PLAYED AND WATCHED. He needs to read a book every so often and he will be fine. I do have to say that since he has been here he has been reading more, whether a magazine, comic book, book, or newspaper, his grade level in reading went from a 2nd grade level to a 3rd grade level. See what limiting the tv and video games does in just 6 months? He has a 3rd to 4th grade level in Math and a 3rd grade level in Written Expression but we are going to raise that grade level up by making him write letters to his granny and papa (Andy's parents in Tennessee) and to his mother in Hawaii. I think that might help.

I just have a hard time believing that he really does have a learning disability as severe as they state it. I think it just depends on the parenting skills and how well they are put to use.

I am sorry if I seem harsh but that is just how I feel.
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February 11th, 2008, 11:02 AM
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I agree that it does sound like there are other problems going on besides just an LD. However, they can't just dismiss the fact that he is behind enough to classify him as having an LD. At least this way he will be able to have accomadations made until he is up to par with his peers and what not. I know its got to be frustrating when there seems to be such an obvious reason for your ds to be so far behind his peers, and hopefully with the right therapies (speech for example) and the steps you are taking at home will prove that there is no LD, but there is a small possibility there is one.
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