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My son has just started Kindergarten and he has an expressive and receptive language disorder and we are also in the proccess of having him evaluated for a sensory disorder. The past few monthes of being in the public school systems has been horriable. I have not been able to find the help that he needs in the public school system. Right now I have no idea on how to help my child get the attention that he needs. I was wondering are there anyschools in the area that deal with kids that have Language disordes or Sensory disorders. I just want the best for my son and I feel like the public school system just isn't understanding that he has complex issues and learns differently. I feel like me and my son are fighting an uphill battle that we will not win,
I was wondering if any of you moms have children with simalar problems? How are you as a parent helping your child cope in a world that isn't designed for them?
My son was diagnosed as having a learning disability about a year ago and went to Sidney Lanier for about a month. The teachers were extremely helpful. He is now in therapy at ACG Therapy in Gainesville for almost a year and is in Headstart/VPK at Metcalfe. I would suggest talking to your child's therapist or pediatrician to see what they suggest. I agree completely with you about the lack of support in the school system. My child's counselor would not make the necessary referrals for him so I contacted his pediatrician and they made the referrals for me due to my concerns.If you have any questions, feel free to email me: email@example.com. I talk to my son about everything that is going on and I am constantly online looking at ways on how I can help him. I hope this helps. Best of luck with everything.
Don't some of the charter schools specialize in LDs, like Einstein?
Einstein specializes in reading/processing problems. Even then, the state if trying to close them because of high stakes testing scores even though their kids gain every year in reading and more....it just is not right. Thanks to high stakes testing--good luck. Word to the wise parent--OPT OUT your child from all high stakes testing--it is legal and you can do it. Google United Opt Out for information. You will save your child from tons of stress and you from tears when the retain him year after year. When an IB student gets put in a remedial reading course due to a high stakes test while maintaining A/Bs in the IB program (which has been in place for decades) then we all know just how invalid and bad those tests are--they are specifically setting our kids up to fail and your child has a hard road to travel. SL is protected because it is grandfathered in--fortunately so those teachers don't have to worry about high stakes testing and so they just worry about helping their kids learn. BUT it will not be like that in any other school ....big hug. You're going to need it with this "education reform"--not the teacher's fault but the politicians and business. I"m so disgusted with it---our kids deserve better.
THank you all so much for the support and words of encorage ment I had no idea that you could opt-out of testing. being a young mom I am all to aware how these "test" negativley impact students. I know I'm going to have a long rode ahead with him but I know we will get through it the best we can.
If you haven't already done so, my advice would be to talk to your pediatrician about your concerns. Chances are, she will be able to help point you in the right direction as well as answering more of your questions like these. Good luck:)
I have 4 kids--all 4 were/are ESE with different gifts. My first two did not have to deal with all this testing--the tests that were in place actually helped them as they were directed to the right area /person after--like dyslexia workshops at UF, speech therapy for one, auditory training for another--now the current tests do none of this. My two youngest are opted out of everything even though the one is in the IB program--other than her IB tests for her diploma which she wants I see no reason to put her or any other child through it. If there were some positive outcomes (like small group instruction to re-teach,etc) I would be all for it but not this stuff. Yes, you can opt out and once you have an IEP in place that is your big hammer. Be very proactive. You will find that there are many teachers who care deeply for their students and will go against the system because it is what is best--they know the ropes. Then there are some that just go with whatever the latest thing is and spout out whatever they are being told to say....those you just roll over. Let Mama Bear do her thing (that's what my kids call me when someone tries to railroad us).
I'm going back to the pediatrician soon to talk about the results of the OT eval and the ADD/ADHD worksheet she had me fill out. I hope that she is willing to go more with a Sensory DX but we will see. The school is at a point where they said they have to fo 40 hours of in-class interventions before they can go on to a formal IEP. The OT gave me some really good ideas about interventions for the classroom I just hope that the teacher is willing some of the distractions are a bit out there. I'm nervourse though because I held him back a year and I don't want to hold him back again I just feel like that would be crual.