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Old 10-09-2007, 08:24 PM   #1
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Question Very confused...input needed.

My daughter is in the 1st grade this year. She is very happy, outgoing, and LOVES her teacher. She is almost 7 years old, if that makes a difference to what I am going explain.

Last year in kindergarten she was not progressing as she should. By the middle of the school year she could only recognize 4:18 high frequency words, could only blend 1:7 sounds into words. Math is a strength for her. I requested she be tested in all areas of academics, speech/language and a psychoeducational eval. This was done. The speech/language pathologist found she has a phonological processing deficit, with far below basic test scores.

She did not qualify for special education services such as RSP, but was put into the DIBELS program with the reading specialist. This seemed to address the initial problem with the phonological processing, but over the summer she lost a lot of the skills she worked on in school, even with me working with her.

This year she once again is having severe difficulties with letter recognition, sounds, spelling, decoding (her comprehension is ok as long as someone reads the story or directions to her). Her printing is very neat, but she writes letters and numbers backwards. Not all letters, mostly b's, d's, p's, q's and 9's, or two digit numbers are written like 01 for 10, 12 for 21, etc...

I question if she is dyslexic, but her teacher says it is typical of 1st grader's to write #'s and letters backwards. Yet she is 1 out of 3 kids in a class of 20 that CAN NOT read, or spell. She fails her spelling tests each week, even if we have studied the words nightly.

When she has to do her homework she ALWAYS saves the writing tasks to do last. Then she cries, whines, and will try to do anything BUT the writing task. It is terribly frustrating for her, and me as well. This is a time we should have fun working together. She thinks she is stupid (told me this tonight) because it is so hard for her.

Does anyone have any clue what I should do at this point?? Should I request they retest her to see if there is something more going on now? Is this something that she will grow out of, find other ways to learn? Is it typical of a 1st grade child to write #'s and letters backwards??

Sorry this post is so long...and if you have gotten through the whole thing, WOW!! Thank you very much for reading and responding if you have any advice for me.


Oh I forgot to mention the reading specialist told me today that she is going to meet with her 20 mins a day to work specifically with her reading difficulties.

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Re: Very confused...input needed.

I would request that she be retested and tested for dyslexia as well. It is common for little ones to write letters and numbers backwards, however, since they already said she had phonological difficulties I would push the issue. If these learning difficulties are caught early there is a much better chance for remediation before she gets too far behind. Good luck!

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Re: Very confused...input needed.

Have her retested and better yet, if you can make an appt. with a
neurologist. I recently brought my son to see one, and I think they preform more through tests than the school does.

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