Special Needs

  1. Special Needs Have you changed your expectations of dc because of his/her SN? How so? 3 hr 33 min ago (1 reply)
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  2. Special Needs We just started at a private SN school, my DS is in kindergarden- it has been good so far but today he bit another child. We are mortified, and also are very concerned about being...(more) 4 hr 21 min ago (10 replies)
    counseled out- we worked so hard to get him in this school...sigh
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    • you can make it through primary; then they get picky 4 hr 20 min ago
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    • well it's an sn school, they probably understand 4 hr 19 min ago
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    • Not so unusual at that age, especially when stressed. It will be ok. 4 hr 17 min ago
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      • OP: ugh I hope so, it has been a big transition- he is up early, bus 1 hr each way, I think he is just tired- am mortified though, broke the skin, and i am worried. we really want...(more) 4 hr 12 min ago
        it to go well at this school
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        • I know. but don't panic. This is reallly not so unusual. Hang in there. 3 hr 38 min ago
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        • if the school is aaron or gb I would be worried if this behavior continues 2 hr 48 min ago
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    • No one is counseling you out for one bu 4 hr 9 min ago
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      • One bite. I promise. 4 hr 9 min ago
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        • if all else is working itbis probably fine.My child is at Gaynor and I think one bite is not leading to eviction . If there are other social issues, Ibwould think...(more) 2 hr 55 min ago
          About outside therapy.
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    • Here's what that mom did when she got the call...breathed a sigh of relief that her child was bitten and not biter. She knows that it very easily could have gone the other way....(more) 2 hr 57 min ago
      Kids sometimes bite. Don't be mortified.
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  3. Special Needs Any tips for managing homework with ADHD mixed-type 11 yo? He is in 6th grade and has a lot of homework this year. It takes him 2-3 hours a night, which I think is too much....(more) 4 hr 24 min ago (13 replies)
    I want to help him manage his time more effectively -- but the psychiatrist, who just upped his meds, says we shouldn't limit or structure the way we do homework. What do you think? I think we should sit with ds when he gets home and help him estimate how much time homework should take and then use a timer to gague how realistic that assessment is. If he can't do it and it doesn't get better, then I think we should go to the teacher/school about an accommodation. Ds is a very strong student, though, so I don't know if we will be able to get accommodations.
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    • Does he take an afternoon booster? 4 hr 23 min ago
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      • no, psychiatrist said not to do it since she just boosted his meds. 4 hr 22 min ago
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        • Personally, I think a booster in the afternoon for homework time can make all the difference 4 hr 14 min ago
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          • I am tempted to go back to the old dose and just boost him when he gets home and see what happens. He has 5 mg focalin tablets and gets home at 4 p.m. If he took it then, I...(more) 4 hr 10 min ago
            think it would be out of his system by 9 p.m. His old dose
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            • ^^was 10 mg focalin xr but now he is taking 15 mg focalin xr 4 hr 10 min ago
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    • He can get accommodations because of his diagnosis. My ds gets less (so maybe 15 math problems instead of 30) and it's saved us BIG TIME. I also have him staying after school...(more) 4 hr 21 min ago
      twice a week to "tutor". Not that he needs to tutor but he catches up in work and gets ahead on his Hw with a teacher. This has also helped a lot.
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      • how did you pursue the accommodations? what type of documentation did you provide? who did you ask? I think that...(more) 4 hr 20 min ago
        1/2 homework would be perfect for ds, who generally gets the concept very quickly.
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        • np - my son has accommodations of homework and schoolwork through a 504 plan. 4 hr 17 min ago
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        • Well I can't help you here because we're at a super small private in ohio and it's just something I've worked out with his teachers. When he leaves this school after 8th (he'...(more) 4 hr 15 min ago
          5th now), I plan on going through the process of getting him an IEP for high school. There shoukd be someone in your school system that can help you with this process.
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    • I think the idea about a timer is a good one. See realistically how long it takes to complete something. You can always get accommodations no matter how strong the student is....(more) 4 hr 19 min ago
      Look up the term "twice exceptional".
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    • TY everyone 3 hr 52 min ago
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  4. Special Needs Can anyone share what kid profiles are at Aaron, Child and Gillen Brewer? Neuropsch said to consider. Are they good programs? Good/Bad reviews? 8 hr 23 min ago (7 replies)
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    • I can tell you that my personal experience is that Gillen Brewer has some exceptional teachers and some that were so bad they were fired after a year. I feel they are on a...(more) 7 hr 34 min ago
      downward slope and I've never thought much of the director. She is very cold.
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      • While it's great to solicit feedback, I really got so much more out of going, touring and listening to my gut. If I could go back in time, I would only do this. Sometimes the...(more) 5 hr 41 min ago
        feedback becomes noise in a weird way. The schools you mention all have their merits and all have their downsides. of the ones you listed, Child is the most restrictive in terms of setting. I wish you the best of luck. Hang in there, trust your gut and know that it will all be over soon!
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    • They have similar kids at all 3, maybe some more behavioral issues at Child. 5 hr ago
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    • For 4 of the 5 years at Aaron, we've been very happy. We had one so-so teacher so the year wasn't the best, but that can happen anywhere. 4 hr 59 min ago
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    • If looking at those 3, look at Parkside too. Very similar kids at GBS. 4 hr 21 min ago
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    • GB and Aaron have tricky admins who are cold and seem to hate the kids. 2 hr 43 min ago
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      • GB parent -- I think the admins at GB love the kids. I think Donna is tough on the teachers and is on top of the teachers and staff, but as far as the kids I do not think that...(more) 2 hr 33 min ago
        statement is accurate at all. My kid has been there for years and we've had nothing but a warm and wonderful experience from the teachers and the administrators.
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  5. Special Needs So for sn school apps--they ask for a photo. do you include a photo on photo paper or one just in color but on regular paper? 10 hr 14 min ago (3 replies)
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    • I used real photos 10 hr 12 min ago
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    • either - we used a real photo. 8 hr 41 min ago
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    • do whatever is easiest for you, they will accept either 8 hr 39 min ago
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  6. Special Needs How can I find an Orton-Gilligham trained tutor in Westchester? School doesn't have any recommendations. 10 hr 35 min ago (13 replies)
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    • have you checked the price on this yet? so expensive. i talked to one in nj that i think i got the name of here and it was insane. but my ds has adhd and not an LD so i ended up...(more) 10 hr 34 min ago
      not going that route.
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      • ^sorry, i know that wasnt really helpful but at least on topic 10 hr 33 min ago
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      • We haven't checked the price, because we haven't been able to find anyone! I'm expecting the worst cost-wise. DS does have an LD. 10 hr 29 min ago
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        • We paid $85/hr. Does your school have any kind of OG teachers? Teachers often tutor after school. Also call the SEPTA of schools near you and find out if anyone knows tutors who...(more) 5 hr 3 min ago
          has dyslexic child.
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    • Call Windward 10 hr 26 min ago
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      • I did, they said they won't provide a recommendation if they don't know the child. They were super- nice about it, but I still need to find someone. 10 hr 23 min ago
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        • Are you on FB? There is a Westchester group for moms with SN kids. Also, lots of groups for moms of lots of towns. These are usually a great resource. 10 hr 22 min ago
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    • call windward school. 8 hr 46 min ago
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    • you can look online for OG or Wilson tutors -many have signed up with tutoring services. 8 hr 41 min ago
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    • You can try the NY Dyslexia Association. I called the NYC chapter and they sent me a list of tutors. The web site for NYC is everyone reading...(more) 5 hr 47 min ago
  7. Special Needs Interesting post on why kids are so fidgety today in the classroom...(more) 12 hr 49 min ago (13 replies)
    • We quickly learned after further testing, that most of the children in the classroom had poor core strength and balance. 12 hr 48 min ago
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      • this makes a ton of sense esp for my dd 12 hr 47 min ago
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        • the whole thing makes sense. Kids are in a classroom now as young as 2 or 3. 12 hr 45 min ago
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    • I have said this over and over. They need to replace desks with Yoga balls. 12 hr 45 min ago
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      • have have entire class body breaks throughout the day! 12 hr 45 min ago
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    • my dd is in K. as punishment for talking when not supposed to - they don't allow her to go to gym class or recess. I find this ridiculous. 12 hr 44 min ago
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      • I would be up in arms leading the charge against that. 12 hr 42 min ago
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        • You have no idea what we've been going through and it's only been a month. I put her in private school. 12 hr 41 min ago
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          • np: I would be in with the head of the school immediately. It's unacceptable - the punishment does not fit the behavior AT ALL and kids need to move & have downtime during the...(more) 12 hr 35 min ago
            day. To take that way from a 5 yr old is horrific.
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      • It's illogical. Kids need to move. If they want to take away the pleasure of recess, they should at least be replacing that with some kind of movement. 11 hr ago
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    • They need to add the ridonkulous amounts of hw they are giving kids as young as kindergarteners, that prevents even after school play once they've done away with recess. 12 hr 34 min ago
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      • absolutely. By middle school kids have homework on weekends. It's insane. I wish we'd re-release the movie Race to Nowhere. It's so true and it's getting worse, esp now with the...(more) 12 hr 33 min ago
        Common Core.
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        • My KINDERGARTENER gets hw on weekends. 12 hr 29 min ago
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  8. Special Needs I've posted before and this will out me to someone (hi!) but I spoke to someone today, made appointment with school psychologist, prepared to get my 5yo ds some help with his...(more) 13 hr 5 min ago (5 replies)
    anxiety/rage/inappropriate emotional outbursts. DH will come but keeps saying "he'll grow out of it." or "Just have him leave parties after an hour even if he's having fun." DH is very socially anxious too. I want ds to have an easier time.
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    • Good for you! 13 hr 3 min ago
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    • At what age did ds start exhibiting this type of behavior? I have a 2 yo who acts likes this and I feel that it is beyond normal/age appropriate behavior. My ped wasn't much...(more) 13 hr ago
      helpwhen we discussed.
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      • I can't remember. But the issue is that it's not going away and he is just so over the top with reactions to small things. I don't think I was worried at 2. At 4 I thought hmmmm....(more) 12 hr 56 min ago
        Now I have concerns
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    • Just tell DH "perhaps he will, but in the meanwhile, let's give John some tools to use before people start labeling him a problem child and stop inviting him to parties or...(more) 12 hr 34 min ago
      anything else!"
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    • Go you! I'm so glad you went ahead and made the appointment. Hopefully, your dh will come around. GL. 11 hr 33 min ago
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  9. Special Needs If your kid is on meds for ADHD: how old is your child, what does he or she and what's the dose? 15 hr 6 min ago (3 replies)
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    • 11 yo dd, Ritalin la 10mg but thinking of trying 20 14 hr 55 min ago
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    • just about to start, metadate cd 10mg capsule, 8 13 hr 58 min ago
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    • 7 54 extended release and 10 mg immediate twice a day. yes it's insane amount, so is my kid's hyperactivity. His personality is still out though! 9 hr 23 min ago
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  10. Special Needs FYI there's a workshop going on that maybe some would be interested in...(more) 15 hr 12 min ago (1 reply)
    LECTURE ON THE IMPACT OF LEARNING DISABILITIES ON THE FAMILY: The West End Day School Parents Association invites you to attend a lecture by Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed. This lecture will focus on the impact of learning disabilities on the family and will be held on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The West End Day School Auditorium (255 West 71st Street). The fee for the lecture is $20 per person. The effects of learning difficulties in a child reach far beyond the four walls of the school. Learning difficulties have a profound impact on the entire family. Rick Lavoie, a truly gifted educator and leader in the field of understanding children with learning issues, will present a workshop to explore the complex issues that family members face when a child is struggling in school and will provide parents with practical strategies when faced with these complex family challenges. Richard Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed. holds three degrees in Special Education and has served as an a
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    • ^^^its $20 and info at info@westeddayschool.org 15 hr 9 min ago
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  11. Special Needs Are audio books a good idea for my dyslexic 7 yo? She is reading below grade level right now and it is a struggle for her. But she loves books and wants someone to read to her all...(more) 15 hr 15 min ago (5 replies)
    the time. I was thinking of getting her a subscription to audible.com but worry that it will not encourage her to work on her reading. Also I don't actually know if they would have good books for her - her comprehension is way above grade level. THanks.
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    • I think it's a great idea. Expose her to language. You can also have her follow along with a print version. 14 hr 26 min ago
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    • I think it's a wonderful idea 13 hr 30 min ago
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    • audiobooks were the best thing I did last year for mildly dyslexic DD. she flies through them. i didn't realize how badly she wanted to read some harder books. allows them to read...(more) 13 hr 6 min ago
      books that have more advanced content. it's not either/or. my DD listens to the audiobooks instead of TV now, by choice.
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      • ps audible has great books--harry potter, boxcar children, ramona, beverly cleary collection. any kids classics are there. our public library also has a ton of audiobooks for...(more) 13 hr 5 min ago
        kids
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    • Yes it is a great idea. My DD is dyslexic and audio books allow her to keep up with grade level learning. I believe audible.com has books for many ages, even adults, but not sure. 8 hr 42 min ago
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  12. Special Needs NP for Turning 5...(more) 15 hr 17 min ago (7 replies)
    DC is a (very) late 2010 birthday (so entering K next fall if NYC public) and has just started at a CPSE preschool. It seems like we need to do a NP eval now to apply to any funded SN schools, but dc has only been in an appropriate school environment for such a short time so witht eh expense of NP we'd like to wait as long as possible so that any classroom observation will be realistic (for both good and bad). We're not even sure we'd like to go the funded SN school route - it just seems so early to tell. WWYD? Anyone BTDT?
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    • Any diagnosis? 15 hr 11 min ago
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      • Sorry - ASD. We'll definitely apply for NEST. I cannot fathom dc in a regular K class. DC still doesn't talk to other children unless told to do so. No behavioral issues,...(more) 14 hr 45 min ago
        toilet-trained (though does not ask to go, just runs to bathroom at home or goes when class goes at school). But there's been a lot of progress recently - it just feels like guessing what dc MIGHT look like in a year!
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        • And currently in integrated class at CPSE school - teachers say it's a good fit. 14 hr 43 min ago
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    • You really can't wait. You need to get going on the NP. 14 hr 38 min ago
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      • Thanks - and sigh. All therapists and classroom teacher are saying it's too soon to tell. 14 hr 29 min ago
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        • They're wrong. 11 hr 34 min ago
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    • we did it just around 5th birthday which was really late Fall, it felt very rushed because people were already interviewing and we didn't even have NP yet 13 hr 56 min ago
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  13. Special Needs OMG. DOE just settled with us for dc's full tuition for the current school year. Amazing. 16 hr 57 min ago (15 replies)
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    • YES!!!!...(more) 16 hr 56 min ago
      they did with us too. thank god
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      • it's crazy. i know the process begins all over for next year, but to have this decided before october is unprecented. 16 hr 54 min ago
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        • i am hoping that deblasio's thing he did earlier in the year (damn the name is escaping me) is having an influence already. 16 hr 53 min ago
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          • same here. just hope it is sustainable. 16 hr 52 min ago
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      • Us too! 16 hr 49 min ago
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    • Congratulations! They're so arbitrary. They paid for something for my dd for 2 years, then refused the third year, took me to a hearing, I won and they appealed and it's been...(more) 16 hr 52 min ago
      1.5 years that the appeal has been pending.
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      • Ugh. Fingers and toes crossed that it is finally decided in your dd's favor. 16 hr 49 min ago
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        • Thank you. 16 hr 47 min ago
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          • That is remarkable. I thought settling meant less than 100%. At least, it has in my case and those of my friends. How did you manage 100%? 15 hr 42 min ago
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            • Initial offer was for nearly 100 percent. Attorney advised that we try for the full amount. Apparently DOE is settling many cases very quickly this year. 14 hr 43 min ago
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    • Wow congrats! 15 hr 22 min ago
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    • Congratulations! Is there anything you can share about your case and why you think they settled for the full tuition? 14 hr 48 min ago
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      • we won our hearing for last year's tuition just a few months ago. nothing has changed. DOE never provided a copy of the IEP. DeBlasio reforms are probably the biggest factor...(more) 7 hr 27 min ago
        though
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    • Funded or unfunded SN school? 8 hr 39 min ago
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  14. Special Needs One of the most frustrating things about living with a preteen ADHD kid is that they very much want independence, but...(more) 17 hr 42 min ago (5 replies)
    that if you leave them alone to get dressed for 5 minutes, they will disregard the clothing set out the night before, and pull out all sorts of clothing and shoes and belts, deciding to change twice and ending up with the shirt they slept in, leaving a complete mess on the floor, but will have been outraged if you supervised. Or is this NT for this age?
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    • NT 17 hr 42 min ago
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    • let him make his own decisions. I think the most important thing is to give him confidence that you believe in his choices. signed, add mom 17 hr 42 min ago
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    • thank heavens for unifkrms 17 hr 41 min ago
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    • It is both. Which is one reason dd was t dx'd until age 15 with ADD. We new it was beyond normal adolescent idiocy, but she had no hyperCtivity, ever, so we thought she was...(more) 17 hr 40 min ago
      mentally ill
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    • typical. 17 hr 16 min ago
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  15. Special Needs Looking for Social Skills group (weekday after 4 or weekend) for 6.5 yo ASD with good language and moderate behavioral issues. Any suggestions? 17 hr 58 min ago (5 replies)
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    • where do you live? 17 hr 58 min ago
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    • where? 17 hr 50 min ago
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    • Whoops! Prefer Manhattan. Anywhere great if it's on the weekend. 16 hr 57 min ago
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    • I'm looking for this too! 7 hr 7 min ago
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    • Me too! But for 5 year old and possibly integrated? :) 5 hr 7 min ago
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  16. Special Needs How's it going at Shefa so far this year? Does anyone have a dc there? 19 hr 2 min ago (2 replies)
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    • I do and I am thrilled. My dc is happy, he's fnally getting better academic work (and HW) than his past funded school. We feel they are very responsive with all my questions. We...(more) 9 hr 20 min ago
      also know that we are getting a settlement from BOE for the year (waiting of the amount)
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      • Sounds great, glad you are so happy!! 5 hr 33 min ago
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  17. Special Needs What are some SN-friendly mainstream sleepaway camps for a 10yo who is just quirky (diagnosed as not on spectrum)? 9-30-2014 10:32pm (12 replies)
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    • Maybe Camp Netimus for a girl. My DD went there. Not a SN camp but tuna and low key and...(more) 9-30-2014 10:47pm
      accepting. If your child needs extra attention, they don't have it as it is not special needs. My DD has LDs and she loved it and she wasn't judged on her reading ability.
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      • p.s. if your child normally gets along with MS kids it would work. If not, maybe somewhere with more support. 9-30-2014 10:54pm
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    • Lakota 20 hr 29 min ago
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    • kenwood-evergreen. emerson 17 hr 31 min ago
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      • ^^greenwood trails 17 hr 31 min ago
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        • ^^^totally forgot French Woods - all elective, where my ds goes but it's not a traditional sleepaway camp. LOVE IT!!! 17 hr 29 min ago
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    • if your child is actually sn (as opposed to "quirky"), then Frost Valley Y has an excellent mainstreaming at camp program at their sleepaway camp. My dc, who is 12, and not...(more) 15 hr 3 min ago
      spectrum but definitely sn, has gone twice and liked it.
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      • np: Isn't that a Jewish camp? 14 hr 36 min ago
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        • Frost Valley Y is a YMCA camp. It is nonsectarian. However, THe "C" in YMCA stands for "Christian". If it were a Jewish Y, it would be YMHA. A Jewish camp with a mainstreaming...(more) 12 hr 53 min ago
          at camp program is Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. Perhaps you are confusing it with that one.
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    • camp schodack. 15 hr 2 min ago
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    • Question: is your child just "quirky" or does he have SNs? There's a difference. If the latter, check out Camp Akeela. He doesn't have to be on the spectrum to go there. It's...(more) 14 hr 37 min ago
      "quirky campers". High-functioning kids with SNs. Amazing place.
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    • Fernwood Cove in Harrison, ME. Amazing directors who don't tolerate meanness/cliques. Kids choose own activities for most part. excellent instruction and they have a high...(more) 7 hr 31 min ago
      percentage of returning staff every year
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  18. Special Needs AT my DS's IEP meeting today -- 1st grader at MS private -- it was mentioned by the school rep that next year he'll start having tests so at next year's meeting we should make...(more) 9-30-2014 10:29pm (10 replies)
    sure to get accommodations for extra time etc. He currently gets 3 x 30 OT for fine motor/low tone. Are accommodations like that given just for fine motor issues? He arguably may have attentional issues, but we've been assuming they were connected to the low tone/sensory issues. (his younger siblings are on the spectrum, so I'm afraid we're missing something with him). I could go to Salsberg for the attentional stuff, but who could do a total eval from the OT perspective as it related to academic accommodations?
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    • I recommend Communikids 9-30-2014 10:30pm
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      • Are they plugged into the CSE accomodations landscape? 9-30-2014 10:33pm
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    • Thanks for asking this question. My dd is in 1st and has fine motor difficulties, possible dysgraphia. Her teacher says she can complete 1/3 of the work in the time allotted....(more) 9-30-2014 10:31pm
      That's going to amount for a shitload of extra testing time, not sure how they'll even be able to schedule it.
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      • op: Interesting -- do they do keyboarding by second grade? I'm afraid to start my son typing because I'd like to develop the handwriting as much as possible - but I may just be...(more) 9-30-2014 10:35pm
        further handicapping him.
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        • I'm not sure, but that's how I feel exactly. I think 7 is too young to give up hope on handwriting 9-30-2014 10:36pm
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    • It's individualized- if the team and you feel it's necessary, then they'll add the accommodations 9-30-2014 10:40pm
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      • I would take any extra time accomodations they give you (plus start typing skills -- you don't have to give up handwriting.) Better to have the accomodations and drop them if you...(more) 16 hr 58 min ago
        don't need them.
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    • I would get a full neuropsych eval at that age .Not just an OT eval. Salsberg is amazing. 14 hr 35 min ago
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      • What Salsberg know how to recommend for motor planning issues? (I use salsberg for my ASD DD, but she has zero motor issues - and no safety awareness, ack.) 5 hr 9 min ago
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        • Yes - BTDT. Salsberg and PALS were able to address my dc's motor issues. One of his psychologists is also an OT so she did part and signed off as an OT as well. 1 hr 52 min ago
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  19. Special Needs Will anyone other than a neuropsychologist tell me if they think dd will not be able to succeed at her current school? We had a neuropsych last year and it was inconclusive. No...(more) 9-30-2014 10:05pm (1 reply)
    I can't imagine dd being able to keep up academically at her current school but I'm not an expert and I don't know the future. I wish someone else- dens teachers, therapists, anyone- would help me out with advice.
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    • Is she succeeding now? If so, perhaps people are reticent to underestimate your daughter. I get that we all have some PTSD about schools (or at least I know I do), but maybe...(more) 18 hr 4 min ago
      give it a chance. It's hard to remediate if things aren't really going wrong.
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  20. Special Needs Psa - child directed play therapy has had a fantastic impact on my relationship with my ds. I recommend pcit for the under 7 ADHD set 9-30-2014 10:04pm (0 replies)
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  21. Special Needs Hey all, just joined special needs parenting support group at JCC on Amsterdam and 76th in NYC. It's already been great. Here is link....(more) 9-30-2014 9:56pm (9 replies)
    • Thanks!! Would it be appropriate for me to join as the mom of a kid with an ADHD dx? 9-30-2014 9:58pm
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      • Oh totally. Have already met many with dcs with that Dx 9-30-2014 10:04pm
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        • Oh that is exciting. Thank you! 9-30-2014 10:05pm
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          • Youre so welcome :)) 9-30-2014 10:06pm
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      • Call Hannah the intake coordinator....she puts the groups together and is great 9-30-2014 10:05pm
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    • I could never make the 6:30 -- do people go to the 8pm? 9-30-2014 10:31pm
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      • I go to the Monday at 6 and I agree it's not easy at all :/ not sure about later attendance but they'll let you know how many In Group 9-30-2014 10:35pm
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    • OY, the cost!!! 9 hr 18 min ago
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      • If u think of it like therapy it seems cheap :) 7 hr 5 min ago
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  22. Special Needs My feelings were hurt today by my MIL who we never really got along and dh doesn't see eye to eye with her and she hasn't spent much time with ds but she hurt my feelings today...(more) 9-30-2014 9:42pm (5 replies)
    because she came over which is odd and she starts telling me about her coworkers' grandson who was born premature and is on a vent and doing poorly. She said they should just let him go because it's not worth it. My ds is on a vent and it was the only way we could take him home. He wasn't a baby at the time but I told her her grandson was on a vent and she said I think the same really. So between her and my mother we have no family support with ds.
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    • She sounds horrible. Sorry 9-30-2014 9:46pm
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      • I never thought she was horrible but I wasn't the biggest fan. Now I hate her. 9-30-2014 9:47pm
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    • OMG, I am stunned that anyone could be this cruel. I am so sorry, but you are better off with her out of the picture. 9-30-2014 9:48pm
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      • It just makes me wonder is this how the majority of people view ds. 9-30-2014 9:50pm
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        • She is mentally ill. I'm actually serious. Make it your mission to never listen to her. 9-30-2014 10:10pm
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  23. Special Needs I just want to say that melatonin has changed my life. I resisted, have put my son on no other meds, but now he sleeps!! The bags that have been under his eyes his whole life...(more) 9-30-2014 9:14pm (4 replies)
    are gone. He is happier in school than ever.
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    • Ita 9-30-2014 9:15pm
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    • ITA. It's good for the entire family too when bedtimes aren't crazy, everyone gets sleep, you get some quiet time. I swear by it. 9-30-2014 9:19pm
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    • I wish it worked for our dc, that is great! 9 hr 15 min ago
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    • that is awesome! it gave me HORRIBLE nightmares but I hear it works great for some people 9 hr 14 min ago
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  24. Special Needs Need advice pls. 8yo ds worked with an OT he really disliked last year. i never really got a handle on what he disliked about her but it definitely wasn't a positive relationship....(more) 9-30-2014 8:55pm (10 replies)
    he was just assigned to her again for this year. he is totally miserable about it, says he hates her. wwyd?
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    • Some schools have more than one. As the Special Needs Coordinator/Director if he can be assigned to someone else if there is someone. 9-30-2014 8:56pm
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    • get someone else! 9-30-2014 8:56pm
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    • Try to get a different OT assigned 9-30-2014 8:56pm
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    • why didn't you have her changed first time he complained? it doesn't work if they don't sync.You need to get another OT, ASAP 9-30-2014 8:56pm
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    • op: thanks everyone. my gut says to find someone else...but i guess part of me was thinking that he doesn't have to like her, that he has to get used to different personalities 9-30-2014 9:02pm
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      • ^^^only one DOE provider at the school...I will have to pay if I get someone else, btw 9-30-2014 9:02pm
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        • No, you don't have to pay. Two options: 1) insurance 2) RSA through the DOE. 9-30-2014 9:11pm
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          • I don't think you can get an RSA if your child just doesn't like the DOE-provided one. 9-30-2014 9:22pm
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    • get someone else. 9-30-2014 9:12pm
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    • op: so, any recs for OTs on the uws?! 8yo has ADHD, OT mainly for self-regulation but also some fine motor 9-30-2014 9:21pm
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  25. Special Needs There is a new support group for parents of kids with sensory issues, social disorders and/or other related delays and ASD. Run by a great, experienced psychologist in NYC....(more) 9-30-2014 7:46pm (6 replies)
    Call Janet Brown Lobel, PhD, (914) 548-5640. Another good resource for the NYC SN community.
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    • thanks! 9-30-2014 7:50pm
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    • A support group or something you have to pay for? I NEED THIS 9-30-2014 8:57pm
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      • It is a support group, and there is a fee, although I think it is a small fee. Feel free to call her to discuss. She's wonderful. 9-30-2014 8:59pm
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        • Where does it meet? Is it for kids who are not spectrum kids also? 9-30-2014 9:01pm
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          • Gramercy Park area, yes. 9-30-2014 9:03pm
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    • Thank you - I so need this 9-30-2014 9:58pm
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