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June 19th, 2007, 02:28 PM
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What age did you notice a problem with your child's learning? And what were the things that made you think learning disability?


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June 19th, 2007, 09:49 PM
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I realized Josh had speech problems when it dawned on me that while I could understand him perfectly, everytime he said something, Id have to translate for him...I then got his speech tested (which my OB office helped set up..I was pregnant with my 3rd son at the time). He started a special needs class within a week of that test.
I began to wonder about a learning disability...probably second semester of Kindergarten. He just was NOT getting the hang of sounding out words and stringing them together...by the end of the second semester his reading level was still only level A at 20%. Then we were told that he would be going to Primary instead of 1st grade. His teacher and the speech teacher thought that his problems were stemming from his speech problems. They thought that since he couldnt SAY the letter sounds correctly, he was having problems corelating the letters with the sounds they were SUPPOSED to make.

During Primary, his teacher brought up that he was only reading at a Level 1 (here kids have to read at Level 4 before they're considered ready for 1st Grade) and she wondered if I had thought he might have learning disabilities. I told her that I had had that thought cross my mind. We gave him until the end of primary to see if he would get the heng of the reading thing..........it never happened and he failed nearly every speilling test he took that year....even though we practiced them every night and his teacher practiced with him at school once a week, AND he also had regular work using the spelling words. She got the ball rolling on getting him tested as soon as they came back for the next school year.

His 1st grade teacher observed him for a couple of months and agreed that he needed to be tested. She called a meeting with me and we agreed to have him go through testing. Within another month he was tested, we got the results and he was diagnosed with a learning disability and he started going to resource room for an hour every day (in addition to speech 2-3x a week for 1/2hr and regular class). From now until......he graduates unless he finds a way to be able to comprehend what he reads (if he can manage to read it in the first place) he'll have all tests read to him...He'll continue with resource room for as long as needed and........I'll never give up hope that he'll manage to find a way to work around this. I hope he stays as determined as he is now......I dont want this to hold him back
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