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Name: Denise
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I was just told that my 5 year old son has a learning disbility. He also has several signs of austistic. I have knowen something was wrong 3 years ago but I did not want to accept it. I'm really not sure how to react to all of this news at once, I feel very depress and dont know what I need to do, what should I look for. But must of all I really dont know where to start
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Name: Melanie | Date: Nov 27th, 2005 11:43 PM
Every thing is going to be fine! kids like that are blessed in so many ways you are verry lucky he will teach you so much that you never would of known with out him pray for him i will 2 but i can tell he will grow up to be a very successful man and will have you to thank it wont be easy but who ever said being a mother was donít give up, and stay strong through the good time and the bad and remember he needs you
god bless you and your family 

Name: lisa | Date: Nov 28th, 2005 4:27 PM
hi denise. i also have a 6yr old daughter who has learning disabilites. several infact , including a new diagnosis of autism. she had signs of autism for a long time but autism does tend to hide under other problems such as ADD and Developmental delays and mental retardation. please do not feel bad about not wanting to accept it in the past. acknowledgement is the first step. you have to be brave to get your son the help he so desperately needs. the best advice i can give is the experience i have had. start with your son's pediatrician and school. your pediatrician can give you a name of a neuropsychologist . they will properly test your son's IQ and test him for autism, etc. they will give you a recommendation of what kinds of help your son needs. such as specific help at school, therapies ,etc. DO NOT LET THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SCREEN YOUR CHILD FOR AUTISM OR ANY OTHER DIAGNOSIS YOU MAY THINK HE HAS. not saying anything against the school system but they are not who should be "running the show'" so to speak. only a doctor specializing in these fields should be diagnosing your child. my daughters teacher and speech therapist tried to tell me more than once that my daughter was not autistic. WRONG!
the funny thing is the doctor that tested her said "within 5 minutes of testing her they knew she was autistic". the reason it took so long for me to get my daughters diagnosis was because like most autistic children , she had other issues so it made diagnosis difficult. my daughter has a hearing deficit in her left ear, wears glasses and needed eye surgery for muscular problems in both eyes this yr, asthma, ADD, lactose intolerance, developmental delays, mild mental retardation , anxiety and at last hopefully , autism. our 6 yrs have certainly been a journey. but i love her more than anything on this earth and i am dedicated to giving her the best life i can. please let me know if there is anything i can do. i check this chat room almost daily so write back if you want to talk. last thing- FIND A SUPPORT GROUP!!! it has done wonders for us. the one i go to has free childcare so the parents can enjoy our meeting and the kids get to play. good luck Denise. 

Name: Minna Trower | Date: Jan 2nd, 2006 9:28 PM
I am a learning disabilities specialist and have created the Vowel First Method for teaching reading. This method is applicable to both youngsters and adults. The teaching instructions for the young child are presented in three entertaining fully illustrated storybooks while the instructions for the older child (10 and up) and adult are presented in the Guide. This method has proven to be highly successful. For example, a tutor was working with his adult student for eleven months with negligible success. However, with the first application of my technique, the student read his first words ever, and six months later he became the recipient of a prestigious Canadian national award for literacy. For more information on the Program go to www.abcofreading.com. Thank you and have a nice day.
Minna Trower 

Name: Carol | Date: Jan 12th, 2006 9:04 PM
Hi, I have a daughter who is twelve and has disbilites in several areas. When she was little she had several austistic behaviors which she has out grown most of them but her learning disabilites have not changed. When she was six we discovered she had fraigle x and this is the cause for her disability in Math and a few others. When she was labled with LD it was hard, but I saw hope, with hardwork and dedication I could teach her. But with Fraigle X, learning is very difficult and and it breaks my heart to watch her struggle. At 12 she still has problems with adding and subtracting. Just keep positive and everything will be fine. 

Name: Pamela | Date: Mar 5th, 2006 1:14 AM
Feel free to message me I have had 2 that way..May be able to help.
[email protected] 

Name: Sherry | Date: Mar 6th, 2006 12:46 AM
LEARNING/BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS IN CHILDREN
1. Reading skills and IQ tests improved significantly in children who took daily multivitamins when compared to controls who did not. Colgan M, Colgan L; Nutr Health 1984;3(1-2):69-77
2. Learning disabled children placed on vitamin/mineral supplements gained 3 to 5 years in reading comprehension within the first year of treatment; and all children in special education classes became mainstreamed, and their grades rose significantly. Within two years of discontinuing therapy, their skills dropped off, while those continuing the therapy continued to improve. Carlton, et al.; Altern Ther Health Med 2000 May;6(3):85-91
3. Poor nutritional habits in children that lead to low concentrations of water-soluble vitamins in blood, impair brain function and subsequently cause violence and other serious antisocial behavior. Correction of nutrient intake, either through a well-balanced diet or low-dose vitamin-mineral supplementation, corrects the low concentrations of vitamins in blood, improves brain function and subsequently lowers institutional violence and antisocial behavior by almost half. Schoenthaler SJ, Bier ID; J Altern Complement Med 2000 Feb;6(1):7-17
4. Nutrient deficiencies are common in ADHD; supplementation with minerals, the B vitamins, omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, flavonoids, and the essential phospholipid phosphatidylserine (PS) can ameliorate ADHD symptoms. Kidd PM; Altern Med Rev 2000 Oct;5(5):402-28 


Name: Tabitha | Date: Mar 9th, 2006 5:04 PM
My 8 year old daughter has been going through a series of tests every school year, and she never qualifies for any special services. The only thing that came up at one time was that she was has receptive and expressive language disorder. Her IQ has always been average, but now since the most recent test, it dropped 20pts. to below average. No one seems to know how to help her or what's wrong. She appears normal, but she can't read, has trouble with almost everything, and I just don't know how to help her.SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME SOME ADVICE!!!! 

Name: Lynn | Date: Mar 14th, 2006 6:24 AM
My name is Lynn.I was born with a learning disbility.I was in Special Education classess all through my school year.My teachers tried to put me in regular classess but I couldn't understand the work. 

Name: someone who cares | Date: Mar 16th, 2006 11:20 PM
Your child at age 5 knows more than most grown ups I know. They should know better, but don't.
Best of luck to you and your son. God bless ! 

Name: Lynn | Date: Mar 18th, 2006 4:50 AM
TABITHA,
You need to have her tested for dyslexia. Most dyslexics have an average to above average IQ. If the school will not test her specifically for dyslexia (most don't) then you should take her somewhere for testing. The sooner the better. Do some research on the net http://www.dys-add.com/define.html
see what you can find out.
Best of luck to you and your daughter 

Name: florrie | Date: Mar 21st, 2006 12:22 AM
please dont get down about it as long as he is loved and guided by you he will be fine. it is important that you help him to achieve things and that his disability is not the focus. dont panic ask the teacher what resources are available to help him at school and do your best to help him along. take care and try not to worry. 

Name: Christina | Date: Oct 5th, 2007 4:45 AM
My 6 year old son is failing everything in the first grade. He's behind even on a Kindergarten level. His teachers are suggesting it might be a learning disability. We are in the process of getting the testing started at his school. It just seems to be taking forever. My heart is breaking for him because he sits in class everyday and doesn't understand what's going on. He's been acting out in class also. He's so frustrated and his self esteem is sinking. He is completely overwhelmed and exhausted by the situation. I feel totally lost. Is anyone else going through the same thing. What can you share with me? 

Name: Laura C | Date: Oct 12th, 2007 5:42 PM
I have a learning disability. My processing smarts are off. I have been trying to survive on the money I make . I want to make enough money to live on my own. I have gone to school & it hasn't helped much. I need suggestions please.
Thank You 

Name: michael | Date: Nov 17th, 2007 1:05 AM
you should try your local community team for learning disability ctld they are nurse specially trained for l d and they grt 

Name: Charles | Date: Nov 23rd, 2007 9:28 AM
Dear Denise I struggled all through school with difficulties and then my parents had me tested by a private company and after a week of tests they determined I had a learning disability. Needless to say my parents were upset with the news but here i am many years later writing this...i am 24 years old and in college studying to become a computer programmer and my major is computer sciences. There is no need to worry just be patient and things will be OK 

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Name: Pooja Yadav | Date: Jul 9th, 2010 8:38 AM
Since childhood i had to strugle to learn subjects in school specially physics, chemistry, history and maths.I passed the subjects with my big brother teaching them in form of stories.But now when i am grown up i know there is something wrongas i find it difficult to learn numbers, remember names and faces and today i feel i have never studied above mentioned subjects as i remember nothing of them.If you tell me 10 things in a go i would most definately forget 5 of them. Many a times i dont remember ways to go to a place i might have visited 10 times.I know something is wrong as i am facing problems in my current job which has alot of work pressure that i am not being able to handle and the same was handled sucessfully by people working before me. I am 26 years old now. Can someone help me to understand what is it...???? My mail id is [email protected] 

Name: Brenda | Date: Aug 7th, 2010 2:21 AM
Denise,
I also have a son with Autism, he also has epilepsy 5 different forms of siezures, sleeping disorder, eating disorder. I understand fully what you are saying. Hang in there! If you ever need someone to talk to e-mail me at [email protected] 

Name: skyangel24 | Date: Sep 6th, 2010 6:26 PM
hi 

Name: tasha1011 | Date: Oct 10th, 2010 8:43 PM
Children with learning disabilities are capable of learning. I am a school psychologist, parent with a special needs child and former teacher. I wrote an article that provides parents with accommodations to use at home and school. Read it and tell me if it helps.

http://www.suite101.com/content/can-c

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Name: TIFFANY | Date: Nov 10th, 2010 6:56 PM
my daughter is 6 shes in the first grade she has speech twice a week and know shes having trouble in addition she dosent understand it and she cant remember what we teach her she also has trouble spelling should i have her tested 

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