Evaluation For Learning Disability Granted

It's been a long time, but the school district has finally granted my daughter's evaluation for a learning disability. It feels as if I've accomplished something amazing, which shouldn't be the case. When a student is absent from school 53 days and a parent isn't told about the Hospital Homebound program, or a student who normally gets A's and B's says she is struggling with her schoolwork and is getting D's and F's is ignored, something isn't right. The School District Made Mistakes When I did request an evaluation, it was unknown what my daughter's problems were. At first, I didn't get an … [Read more...]

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Dyslexia and Processing Disorders

I'm doing some research on dyslexia and processing disorders since Sammi's homebound teacher picked up on issue that Sammi is having while reading, writing and doing math. The teacher was concerned when Sammi said that can't do word searches. So she began to delve into the cause. Since she is teaching Sammi one on one, she has the time to evaluate her. After doing some reading tests, watching Sammi write and doing math problems in front of her, the teacher saw that Sammi is *writing her letters and numbers backwards, getting some common letters such as "o" and "u" mixed up, hesitating when … [Read more...]

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Letting My Readers Down

I feel like I'm letting my readers down.  My blog, which was once filled with posts of giveaways and  product reviews, is now filled with personal stories, social causes and information about special education. It's been a tough eight months or so for my family. There's been trouble at school for Sammi, health scares and some new diagnoses. I'm doing what I've done for myself - being a patient advocate - for my daughter now. There's second opinion appointments, research, learning about medication side effects. Then there's school advocacy. With the help of our Parent Center, I'm … [Read more...]

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Parent Centers Assist Children with Disabilities in Public Education

Thanks to my good friend RobynsWorld on Twitter, I learned how Parent Centers help children with disabilities in the public education setting.  I reached out to her because we received a letter from Sammi's school that set up a meeting to determine if she is eligible for a 504 Accommodation Plan. Even though I have a strong background in eduction, especially for children with disabilities, I'm lost right now. So when Robyn gave me the link for the Parent Center in for my region, I immediately signed up. In about 5 minutes I received a phone call from a trained volunteer parent.  Next I … [Read more...]

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