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    Default My first post here- dd has dyslexia (m)

    Hi everyone! This is my first time posting on this board, but I figured I might as well introduce myself, since I have a feeling I will be posting here more once school starts in a few weeks.

    My dd will be 7-years old next week and is going into 2nd grade (she is very young for her grade). She is a very bright child, but during 1st grade, I just knew that something was wrong- she wasn't "getting" reading at all. She was average/above-average in everything else, but the reading was so difficult for her, so the school did an evaluation and we found out that she has a mild case of dyslexia.

    I am very scared about sending her to 2nd grade. All of the other kids in her class are reading way above what she is capable of and I know she is quite behind in her reading skills. I have been told by everyone at the school that there is absolutely no reason to hold her back and that doing so won't fix her reading problems. But I am nervous, wondering if I am doing the right thing. And, there is one 2nd grade teacher that I have heard horror stories about and I am worried that dd will end up getting her.

    I just contacted a local tutoring center and I think we are going to have her go to this center once a week for extra help. It is expensive, but if it helps her, it will be so worth it to me. The reading method that they use is called Orton-Gillingham. Has anyone heard of this? From the research I have done, it looks like it is a good method for a child with dyslexia. Plus, everything I read says that it is very important to try and get a child up to grade level by the 3rd grade, or it gets much harder. So, I feel like this year is going to be a critical one for us and I am sure I am going to have questions and need the support here.

    Anyway, just wanted to give a little background and say hi!

    Kristin
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    {{hugs}} not like you needed more to worry about, huh?

    GOod luck. WIll she have an IEP or extra help at school?

    I don't know a lot about treatment for it - just what I"ve read on line on dxing it. But I do know that there is a LOT more help available these days than there was in the past.

    K

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    Default They have determined from the testing that was done (m)

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaylie
    {{hugs}} not like you needed more to worry about, huh?

    GOod luck. WIll she have an IEP or extra help at school?

    I don't know a lot about treatment for it - just what I"ve read on line on dxing it. But I do know that there is a LOT more help available these days than there was in the past.

    K
    that she will not require an IEP, but she will get pulled out of class several days a week for reading help. She started receiving that in 1st grade last year.

    Kristin

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    Welcome to the board.

    I have an almost 11yo and 6.5yo with dyslexia. We have been able to use older DS's IEP status to request that careful consideration goes into teacher placement, and have been able to get worrisome ones changed. I find it interesting that your DD does not have an IEP but still gets services, which I guess can be good or bad. I think it is easier to make changes before school actually starts, is there a teacher or someone you can call at the school to find out her placement and see if you are comfortable with it? If not, I'd go to the principal.

    Orton-Gillingham is one of the multi-sensory research based intervention methods I've seen recommended. All methods are also only as good as the instructor. I would want to make sure that DD is getting as much instruction at the level appropriate for her and that it is consistent. What materials are they using at school? If you feel the OG tutor is the best, will she give you homework and things to work on the rest of the week? Is there any way you can try to coordinate the efforts of the tutor and school? I think much of the success of remediation is based on repetition, and wonder if once a week is enough.

    Glad you are addressing her issues now, good luck!
    r

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    Quote Originally Posted by readyalready
    Welcome to the board.

    I have an almost 11yo and 6.5yo with dyslexia. We have been able to use older DS's IEP status to request that careful consideration goes into teacher placement, and have been able to get worrisome ones changed. I find it interesting that your DD does not have an IEP but still gets services, which I guess can be good or bad. I think it is easier to make changes before school actually starts, is there a teacher or someone you can call at the school to find out her placement and see if you are comfortable with it? If not, I'd go to the principal.

    Orton-Gillingham is one of the multi-sensory research based intervention methods I've seen recommended. All methods are also only as good as the instructor. I would want to make sure that DD is getting as much instruction at the level appropriate for her and that it is consistent. What materials are they using at school? If you feel the OG tutor is the best, will she give you homework and things to work on the rest of the week? Is there any way you can try to coordinate the efforts of the tutor and school? I think much of the success of remediation is based on repetition, and wonder if once a week is enough.

    Glad you are addressing her issues now, good luck!
    r

    One of the issues with reading help at school is that they don't do it often enough to really help. They need ALOT of repetition. If she is only going to the tutor 1x a week, then I'd make sure you follow up at home and ask for what you need to do with her at home. 1x a week is not enough. OG is a good program.

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    Default I also agree with the previous posters

    I have a M.Ed degree as a Reading Specialist. Orton Gillingham is a great multisensory program and like the previous posters encouraged...get the tutor to send you homework to do. Try to sit in on some sessions if allowed to try and repeat the steps as the tutor does so it is as consistent as possible. Repetitiveness is key.

    Is your child having reading pull-out with a special ed. teacher or with a reading specialist? I find it interesting the staff didn't write her an IEP. Keep a close eye on her progress..you may have to push for an IEP.

    From my experience in public schools, if you have concerns about your child's teacher or placement, services etc. go straight to the principal & schedule a meeting with your concerns.

    Can you go to the school now before school starts and ask the principal what 2nd grade teacher would work best with your child?

    I probably have more advice for you, but I cannot write very well tonight keeping my thoughts straight. Feel free to email me.
    Emily

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    Default Thanks Emily (m)

    Quote Originally Posted by emily11
    I have a M.Ed degree as a Reading Specialist. Orton Gillingham is a great multisensory program and like the previous posters encouraged...get the tutor to send you homework to do. Try to sit in on some sessions if allowed to try and repeat the steps as the tutor does so it is as consistent as possible. Repetitiveness is key.

    Is your child having reading pull-out with a special ed. teacher or with a reading specialist? I find it interesting the staff didn't write her an IEP. Keep a close eye on her progress..you may have to push for an IEP.

    From my experience in public schools, if you have concerns about your child's teacher or placement, services etc. go straight to the principal & schedule a meeting with your concerns.

    Can you go to the school now before school starts and ask the principal what 2nd grade teacher would work best with your child?

    I probably have more advice for you, but I cannot write very well tonight keeping my thoughts straight. Feel free to email me.
    Emily
    She gets pulled out in school and meets with a reading specialist (I believe it is 3 days a week for 45 minutes each time). The program they used with her last year in school was called "Read Naturally". After all of the testing was done, they don't feel that dd needs any special modifications made to the regular 2nd grade curriculum, that is the reason for no IEP. She will do the work the same as everyone else in her class.

    Thanks for answering!

    Kristin

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    Just wanted to say Hello and welcome. I have found a lot of wonderful support and information on this board and I am sure that you will too! :-)

    -Angi

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    Welcome! I don't have much to add as my dd is 3.75 with high functioning autism but I wanted to welcome you aboard!

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    Default Hello and Welcome!

    I have two girls with sensory processing disorder, however it is mostly resolved and my younger dd has newly diagnosed seizures.

    I don't have experience with dyslexia but wanted to say hello!

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