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Emotional support for a struggling learner with a precocious younger sibling

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    #16
    Re: Emotional support for a struggling learner with a precocious younger sibling

    Originally posted by Winter Cast View Post

    What are the advantages of testing for learning disabilities while homeschooling? I've always assumed a diagnoses mainly helped with classroom support. Since we are homeschooling I thought that a diagnoses wouldn't provider much help.
    I'm two weeks away from a formal evaluation for one of my twin sons. This has been two years in the making, as I tried alternatives to testing. (screening at the local dyslexia school, hearing exams, OT, etc.)

    For me, the formal evaluation will serve a number of purposes:
    1) Getting an official diagnosis for ME -- instead of assuming what's going on. Based on symptoms, screening, and response to interventions, there's no doubt in my mind that he's dyslexic. But, I want to know the severity, and if there are any comorbidities, etc. I don't expect an ADHD diagnosis, but likely dysgraphia, and the psychologist has already mentioned twice-exceptionality. (which doesn't surprise me) Once testing, scoring, and post-discussion are complete, I'll walk away armed to be a better advocate for him at home, as well as away. I'll have a better handle on his strengths and weakness, and know what is asking too much of him, and what work he's capable of.
    2) Getting a diagnosis for HIM -- he already knows something is going on. He's a bright boy, but struggles with word retrieval, handwriting, etc. Last week, he asked me what special needs meant. I'm not sure where he heard the term, but I sat down and explained it to him. He knows he's going for testing, and quite frankly, this will be a relief for him. He tends to beat himself up a lot, and having an answer to why he reads much slower than his sister, etc.
    3) Planning for the future -- I know that he will need accomodations in certain classroom settings, and definitely in testing situations. As I understand it, for ACT/SAT accommodations, you have to have a paper trail in place.
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      #17
      Re: Emotional support for a struggling learner with a precocious younger sibling

      Originally posted by cherylswope View Post

      At a giant homeschool convention one year, I co-led a talk entitled "What Good Are Labels: Understanding Your Child's Learning Problems." I can bring to Sodalitas the CDs of that talk for anyone who would like to have it.
      Cheryl,

      Was this a talk you did with Kathy Kuhl? I remember hearing this and it was excellent!
      DD #1 : 23, college GRADUATE
      DD #2 : 12 MP 7A - HLS Cottage School Louisville, MPOA
      DS #3 : 10, MP3M+Simply Classical4; HLS Cottage School Louisville
      DS #4 : 10, MP3M+Simply Classical4; HLS Cottage School Louisville
      DD #5: 6, MP 1 at HLS
      DS #6: 4, cutest caboose on the loose
      http://www.thekennedyadventures.com

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        #18
        Re: Emotional support for a struggling learner with a precocious younger sibling

        Originally posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
        Cheryl,

        Was this a talk you did with Kathy Kuhl? I remember hearing this and it was excellent!
        Yes, thank you!

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