Aug 022013
 
Vision Therapy: Is it Worthwhile or Valid?

Return to Questions Q: Is vision therapy valid or does my child need vision therapy? Any advice/experience is appreciated.. My child is six and struggling with reading. Would you get an exam? Answer: Vision therapy may or may not be the issue when a child is struggling with reading. MANY, MANY kids who have difficulty with reading have processing problems, not visual problems. There are also a significant number of children who have what is called an “Ocular Motor” deficit, which means their eyes don’t sweep smoothly from side-to-side while reading. The child’s eyes may not have a full range of scanning […]

Aug 022013
 
Neuropsychological Testing and Cross-body Patterning

Return to Questions Q: Please give me your opinion about using any of these services: 1) Neuropsychological Testing through the school system 2) Pediatrician 3) Neurodevelopment Training Answer: 1. Testing through the school system — This is an “okay” option, but the testing is not neuropsychological testing. Testing is usually performed by a school psychologist, who has much less training than a neuropsychologist. Our school system’s testing, and many other school systems’ testing, is severely lacking in thoroughness and quality. The school systems generally administer a few tests and pronounce their results in a very short report.. less than two […]

Aug 022013
 
Special Ed Services for Students with Disabilities

Return to Questions Q: I have had to battle my school system for Special Ed Services for my first child. Now my second child is struggling even more. Will it be easier to get special ed services for my second child? Answer: Unfortunately, it is my opinion that you will have to battle just as hard, if not harder, to get the right special ed services for your second child.  This is often true when a public school system has already been difficult to work with. I hold this opinion for two reasons: 1)  School systems tend to dig their heels […]

Aug 022013
 
Reading Fluency Activities for Improving Reading Fluency

Reading Fluency Activities and How to Improve Reading Speed Q: How much should I worry about reading speed? Is there a reading fluency program out there that you’d recommend? Or, do you know of any methods to use on a daily basis to slowly improve speed? Measuring Reading Speed When Using Reading Fluency Activities Before beginning reading fluency activities, it is helpful to measure your child’s reading fluency using a measuring tool.  You can use the Reading Fluency assessments located at http://dibels.uoregon.edu/. These reading fluency tools are very helpful for assessing whether your child is reading at a functional speed.  The Dibels benchmarks […]

Aug 022013
 
Special Education in Private Schools - Is it Better?

Return to Questions Q: My child recently started school and has been struggling. His teacher thinks he should be evaluated for learning problems. She is having difficulty providing the help he needs. Should I continue to send my child to our public school or do kids get better special education in private schools? Answer about special education in private schools: Whether your child will get “better” special education in private schools depends on how readily your public school provides special services and how good those services are. Some public schools provide excellent remediation programs and do a great job. If […]

Aug 022013
 
Special Education Eligibility : Q&A about passing grades

Return to Questions Q: My school says they won’t test my child because she is making passing grades. We think our child needs help. What are the rules for special education eligibility? Answer: By IDEA laws (Federal), if anyone “suspects” a child has a disability and requests a comprehensive psychological evaluation in writing, the school MUST evaluate the child to determine if the child has a disability. The referral does not have to come from the school. A parent CAN request an evaluation for learning disabilities. Special education eligibility is NOT dependent upon classroom grades or the movement from grade-to-grade. […]

Aug 022013
 
Moving a child with an IEP to a new school : New School says "NO!" IEP

Return to Questions Q: We are moving a child with an IEP to a new school. The new school system says our child doesn’t qualify for special services here. Can they just stop special education services? Your child’s IEP and disability needs are covered under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). IDEA is U.S. Federal law. It is valid in all states. — See the Special Education Programs’ IDEA website. Under federal rules, your child has the same federal special education rights in your new state as she had in your previous state. There is no basis for your new state […]

Aug 022013
 
Can a child get a high school diploma with accommodations ?

Return to Questions Q: My child’s teacher says if they provide *any* modifications for my child, she won’t be able to graduate with a regular diploma. Is this true? Answer: There is a fine distinction between modifications and accommodations. Modifications DO affect graduation outcomes. Accommodations should not affect the type of diploma your child receives. Therefore, it’s important to understand the difference between the two. High School Diploma with Modifications Modifications are changes to the actual content your child is required to learn. In other words, she doesn’t have to learn the same things as the other children. If your […]

Aug 022013
 
How to Memorize : Improve Your Child's Memorization Skills

Return to Questions Q: How do you help your child if she has severe problems with memory and information recall? How can I teach my child how to memorize? Answer: Our neuropsychologist recommended using a ‘self-regulating’ memory system. It has worked very well for teaching our child how to memorize facts. Basically, you put the information (facts) to be remembered into a question/answer format on index cards. You will write the question or problem on one side of the card. Then write the answer on the other side. In our case, we had a math problem on one side, and […]