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January 26th, 2005, 08:36 AM
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I had to share this. I am so excited. Austin has a learning disablity. I am almost 100% sure he is dyslexic. The schools will only test for learning disabilities in general, not for specific things like dyslexia. Anyhow, this kid is sooo poor in school. He has had so much help and interventions, but has always done very badly in school. He honestly has never passed a class other than P.E. and Music. His report card for spelling was a 30 something percent last quarter. Well, last week I tried bribery. I offered him $50 if he made a 100% on his spelling test. Keep in mind he only has a 10 word spelling test because they have made accomodations for his learning disability. Well, that didn't work. He could care less about the $50.

So we decided to try a different approach. I told him no TV, no computer, no nothing on school days until he passed his spelling test. Well, last night and the night before he actually studied. I gave him a practice test last night and he actually passed it. I KNEW he could do this. He's been convincing his teachers for years that he is stupid and can't do things. I knew he could do it if he actually tried just a little bit. He still has tonight and tomorrow to study before the real spelling test so I will keep you posted on how he does. I have let him know this is a permanent deal. He passes spelling or no TV or computers till he passes the next test.


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January 26th, 2005, 01:03 PM
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Yeah! WTG Austin! I bet he'll pass!

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January 26th, 2005, 02:25 PM
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That's really exciting!!! I did/sort of still do the same thing as Austin. I have ADHD and have been convinced (not so much anymore) that I'm stupid and can't do anything, and it's awful. After a while you just stop caring because you think "even if i try, i'll fail, so why should i try?"

It can be soooo frustrating. I'm really glad this is working for him!!

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