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Dawn, my heart goes out to you, mate. Still, at least you have teachers going to bat for your daughter now.
I would think you need a referral from your doctor to a child neurological specialist. They deal with the brain and how its connections work. Perhaps it is time to find a new and more involved pediatrician. Keep in touch: lt us know what you discover.
Hugs to you and your two kids.
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I dont know if you all remember me from, oh, its prolly been almost a year or more. My 5 year old son has Type 1 Diabetes and speech problems (hes getting speech therapy in school), and my 4 year old daughter has struggled with some form of learning problems. I came in here back then trying to get some ideas on what could be going on with my daughter. Shes 4 years old and shes not retaining things like color recognition, number recognition, letter recognition, shape recognition, amongst a vast amount of other things/issues weve been seeing in her over the years. Anyway, she started Head Start last fall and has an IU8 teacher working with her for 30 minutes every 2 weeks. Last week I spoke with her teacher, and IU8 teacher about her progress in school, or lack there of. Her IU8 teacher is seeing everything we have seen with her over the course of the last 3 1/2 years (YAY! IM NOT CRAZY!), and she is just as baffled about it all as we have been... and was very shocked that when i told her i tried expressing these concerns to her pediatrician over the years, at every check up, that they seemingly just pushed our concerns under the carpet telling us she was normal and that kids just learn at different rates. She is sending me a letter home stating that she is recommending us to have my daughter seen by a psychologist for a more indepth evaluation as to what is going on with her, so we can taylor her IEP accordingly.
I did some research, and a friend of mine who has a daughter with autism gave me a link to this questionaire thing that may help us get some kind of insight on what COULD BE going on. I took the questionaire, and the score came back saying "mild PDD". I know that that may not be an accurate thing, and the only way we can get a true diagnosis on whatever is going on, we will have to have her seen by the psychologist.
This whole experience has been really... bittersweet... for me personally. I am SOOOOOO GLAD that there is finally someone else (two people actually, IU8 teacher and regular teacher) that are seeing the very same problems we have been complaining about for years. On the other hand, I must admit, I am feeling depressed about it all at the same time. Depressed just because, well, like everyone, i want the best for my kids and i want them to have an easy life, and well, from someone who struggles with learning problems (me, but was never diagnosed with anything because my parents never HAD me seen by anyone for my learning problems, just said i wasnt trying hard enough), I know how much of a struggle school can be for a child with any kind of learning problems. Sorry for venting. I know that things could be worse for her. But, I just had to post to somewhere that I knew other parents can understand what I am feeling right now. Feel free to tell me to shut up if I am just way off my rocker, or babble too much LOL!
Kathy, good to see you here. Your upbeat attitude is an inspiration.
Our son was a reluctant reader and one daughter had a mild form of dyslexia. She received early help and has learned how to compensate. Our son loved to be read to, he just would not pick up a book and read for himself - until I discovered stories that interested him and fit with his hobbies and likes.
As a writer I have kept this in mind. I write mid grade books with reluctant readers and boys in mind, as well as rhyming picture books that deal with Dyslexia, and the big changes kids often have trouble dealing with.
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Hi everyone! I haven't posted here in a while (but have been reading everyone's posts, blogs, etc.!) and I was hoping to ask a favor. My little blog is up for an award and if you have a moment, I was hoping you could vote for me. The award is for bloggers writing about their kids with SPD.
My blog is Try Defying Gravity (http://trydefyinggravity.wordpress.com) and the award nomination site is http://www.hartleysboys.com/p/spd-blogger-awards-nomination-form.html. My blog is listed under the "Inspirational" category.
Voting runs until this Saturday.
Thanks in advance!!
Hi I'm Cheryl. I am a Momma to almost 6 (one due in just a few weeks) I have a few with some learning issues and one fighting cancer. My guy who is fighting cancer had brain surgery to remove a tumor and now we have many physical and cognitive issues. Thanks looking forward to checking out your blogs. Feel free to pop by mine.
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