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Name: girli_bird
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my child is 8 and in 3rd grade. She has always strugled in the past but this year has been even harder for her. We have had several meeting with her teacher with no results. She is about 2 grade levels behind . She goes to a reading and math classes but the teachers don't see her progressing . She has never been seen by a specailist becuase her dad doesn't want her to( I'm the step mom) and the mom thinks she is only having so much problems becuase she should have started school a year later then she did. It realy effects her becuase she gets so up set when were at home trying to do her home work becuase she has more work then the rest of the kids and it takes her longer to get things done. I realy don't know how to help her any more and it just seems like we make things worse on her, becuase the more we work on things the more she shuts down. please help
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Name: Lory | Date: Feb 3rd, 2007 7:49 AM
Hi girli, I know being the (step mom) it's hard to have a say in things. Try mentioning to her school of an IEP program. It is created by the school district designed especially for her! It will involve some testing by school districts phsycologist, speech therapist, etc. It usually takes about a month. They will observe and test her during that time.
My daughter was in the same "boat" so to speak. It went on from k-3rd grade! Turns out...she has an auditory processing disability. We went through years of struggling her and us. It became so bad...she refused to go to school and would cry everyday not to go! I had to "FORCE" the school district to step up! And stay with it! Now, she is excelling in everything, and likes to be at school!
If you can...try to get hubby to agree to the testing. It should make a huge difference. 

Name: Lory | Date: Feb 3rd, 2007 7:51 AM
btw, she's been on an IEP for about 2 yrs....she's now in 5th. What a difference for all of us!! 

Name: girli_bird | Date: Feb 4th, 2007 2:37 AM
thanks I will talk to the school about this 

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