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Note Taking In School

My daughter is in eighth grade. She was diagnosed with dyslexia at an early age. I am interested in know how schools/parents have been dealing with note taking for their students. It appears the recommendations are to give the student teacher’s note…

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Typing & Math

Hello!  My 12yo dd was diagnosed with stealth dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia.  We homeschool already, so we have the flexibility to meet her needs without having to work through teachers & the school system.  They suggested that we let dd…

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  • Great to hear, Fi. It is so important giving children more words - children with fewer words understandably become much more frustrated at expressing themselves. Children with severe language impairment can have severe behavior and tantrum problems - but when the words come...then so much gets better - and the behavior issues may just disappear. Kudos to you for helping kids!
  • I read "Reading Picture Books Aloud for Better Vocabulary" with interest. Vocabulary at age 5 is a good predictor of a child's attainment at 11. 70% of young offenders and 40% of teenagers with mental health issues here in the UK have problems understanding language. The school I work in has come to realise that receptive language problems (problems with understanding language) can have a massive impact on a child's literacy skills and on their behaviour - a child that has misunderstood instructions may be labelled inattentive or disruptive. In order to address this I screen all children on entry to the school for receptive language skills and then work on a programme to improve the skills of those children who are shown to have problems. Some of the children have made huge improvements following this language skills programme (2 x 30 minutes a week for 6 months) and no longer need to follow the programme and all children have improved in their understanding and narrowed the ever-widening gap between them and their peers.
  • After reading Dan Peters article on 2e students, I just wanted to mention the following regarding filing for accommodations with the college board for SAT, AP and subject SATs. You do not have to wait until 9th grade to file for accommodations! My son is in 8th grade and was granted time and a half, keyboard use and quiet testing room based on his IEP and psych eval from 7th grade. I was surprised to see that the official letter mentionned that these accommodations are guaranteed throughout the entirety of his Highschool years! So if you have those in place, no need to wait until high school to file.
    Claudia Cronin
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