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  1. Special Needs Would it be possible to get SETTS for a child in K because of academic delays? We just finished K and son is bombing. Do you need a dx or % delay to qualify? 6 hr 58 min ago (15 replies)
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    • need iep 6 hr 58 min ago
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    • ^^^ school wants to retain. I'm worried a year of the same kind of instruction will not help 6 hr 58 min ago
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      • you need to have evaluated but teachers know what they're doing. maybe they can tell he's just not ready 6 hr 57 min ago
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        • op: just did a NP eval. average intelligence. attention problems, possible ADHD.. also, problems with phonological processing 6 hr 56 min ago
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          • where do you live? 6 hr 54 min ago
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    • how old is he? 6 hr 56 min ago
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      • and bday? 6 hr 56 min ago
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        • he's 5.5.. late birthday 6 hr 55 min ago
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          • hes a baby. he might just not be ready. give him another year and have him evaluated if you think he needs it. what's his reading level? emerging? concepts of print? lettered...(more) 6 hr 54 min ago
            levels?
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            • op: he's not reading. Maybe at a B. Letter recognition is still sketchy. He has a hard time hearing the sounds in words. 6 hr 52 min ago
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              • i recommend finding a reading recovery teacher to tutor him. they're training reading intervention teachers thru the F&P mindset. If you live in NYC I know people 6 hr 51 min ago
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                • op: not orton gillingham? 6 hr 51 min ago
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                  • no. it's really awful because not all words follow a code. it only relies on visual cues and doesn't help kids use syntax and meaning cues. kids with phonological processing need...(more) 6 hr 48 min ago
                    the visual part (phonics) but also need to rely on meaning and syntax to make sense of text http://readingrecovery.org
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                    • you don't use somebody's biggest weakness as a launching point for learning. you reach their weakness by growing their strong points 6 hr 47 min ago
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          • I bet he's just not ready yet. Neither of my NT kids read at 5 and both are doing great now. 4 hr 52 min ago
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  2. Special Needs Ds just had a neuro-psych, and the psychologist recommended group therapy with other kids with ADHD. I think this is a great idea, but we're moving to a new town, and I don't...(more) 7 hr 1 min ago (4 replies)
    know where to look. It's a good school district - will they help? I have a feeling his psychiatrist is not going to be much help…he's great in some ways but not in others.
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    • where are you moving 6 hr 48 min ago
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      • Chappaqua. 6 hr 41 min ago
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        • ^^going to bed but I stickied. 6 hr 41 min ago
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          • there is a chadd westchester group -they probably can give you names of therapists who have groups 6 hr 37 min ago
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  3. Special Needs Does rocking in a rocking chair help your sensory seeking kid? Did you get a kid-sized one? We don't have space for a swing 7 hr 56 min ago (0 replies)
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  4. Special Needs I'm pretty discouraged. We've been weaning ds from his meds (Fluoxetine) and all has been good until yesterday. He said he was depressed and he also said he wanted to just cry and...(more) 8 hr 15 min ago (16 replies)
    get all his tears out. THen again today, at a bday party, he lost his shit about 5 times. Broke my heart. He just couldn't keep it together. It was just like it was before the meds. Now he's on such a low dose, it's like he's not on anything (literally he is taking .5ml's, which is like 1/8 tsp). He said he felt like he needed his medicine again and that he hasn't felt that emotional and out of control in many months (which is true). We tried and it's a no go. He needs the meds.
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    • listen....is there a reason other than you just don't want to to stop the meds? 8 hr 14 min ago
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      • Not really, no. Dr just thought he wouldn't need them forever. It's been a year and we thought we'd give it a shot. It's not working. 8 hr 13 min ago
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        • i'm sorry it's not working likeyou planned. but if your child is so much better on the meds, no shame or defeat in taking them. be proud that you're using your resources to help...(more) 8 hr 10 min ago
          him
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          • I know, thanks, you're right. I was hopeful, but I'm also realistic. He need them, he needs them. It's fine. 7 hr 58 min ago
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    • how long has he been off? 8 hr 12 min ago
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      • We began weaning about a month ago. From 4ml, 3, 2, 1 and now .5ml. Week by week. I thought this would be his last week. 7 hr 57 min ago
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        • if you can tolerate it, keep him off for 2 weeks and see what happens. He may just need more time to be med free 7 hr 55 min ago
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          • I'm going to call his Dr tomorrow. I was in touch with him today and he said let's keep in touch. Will see what he thinks tomorrow. 7 hr 54 min ago
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    • I'm sorry, that's so hard. Another way to think of it though, is, thank goodness these meds are there for him. And he may yet not need them someday. Just, not today. 8 hr 11 min ago
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      • Yep, I know. I definitely stressed more before we originally began them and they did work miracles. 7 hr 57 min ago
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    • So why are you discouraged? You had him on the correct meds and dose 8 hr 11 min ago
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      • iTA.n there is no virtue in "getting off meds" that you need. Like refusing to wear glasses but not seeing the board 7 hr 59 min ago
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    • I worry this will happen with my ds too. He was on 10mg for the last 9 months. dr wants to hold off til a year to see if we can wean him off but I said no, start now. so now he's...(more) 8 hr 5 min ago
      at 7.5 mg. He is exactly the same as when on the 10 so far. The issue was always that they didn't think he could handle his adhd stimulants without the anti anxiety meds. so hard. best of luck to you
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      • Thanks. Best of luck to you, too. Ds was awesome on every lower amount until we hit .5 yesterday and then the wheels kind of fell of the bus yesterday and today. Today was...(more) 7 hr 55 min ago
        terrible. I could feel his pain. He had to excuse himself at a bday party and we went into the bathroom and he bawled.
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        • It may not just be lower dosage but the effect of meds leaving body. I know medication is a difficult subject but we take insulin, hearst meds but there is so much shame around...(more) 7 hr 37 min ago
          medication for mental health. I would not let my child suffer but I understand you think in the end it will be better--very tough. I hope it all works out for all of you.
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          • I know. I truly hate the stigma. My parents are HUGE anti medication people, so I have never once told them that ds takes anything. Funny thing, my mother has a dx of bipolar and...(more) 7 hr 35 min ago
            refuses to take meds for it! go figure
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  5. Special Needs I'm really liking these two recent NYT Magazine artless on autism. One by Ron Suskind about how his son found his voice through Disney and the most recent about some children...(more) 8 hr 17 min ago (4 replies)
    losing their autism dx. What is the verdict on here?
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    • I'm not a SN mom, but I know the author of the 2nd (Ruth Padawer) and she is a wonderfully fair and balanced journalist, IMO. So I give the article a lot of credibility, and I...(more) 8 hr 15 min ago
      liked the tone she struck very much, and the voices she included.
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      • I liked the article and I like that she included people from the autism advocacy side as well. I wish there had been a bit more on why some kids respond to what we know to be...(more) 8 hr 11 min ago
        developmentally appropriate therapy and why kids don't. But I guess at this point this is as up-to-date as to what we know about autism.
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        • The autism advocacy people annoyed me. They are obviously high functioning people who can live on their own so they speak for a small percentage of people with autism. My ds will...(more) 6 hr 45 min ago
          not live on his own. I accept who my son is but who are they to say that my wanting ds to not have autism is wrong.
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          • I remember many years ago when deaf people were against cochlear implants. 4 hr 57 min ago
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  6. Special Needs Can someone explain to me what an ABA session looks like for, e.g. an ASD 5 year old? 8 hr 32 min ago (6 replies)
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    • Link to article in NYT--will give you some info....(more) 8 hr 28 min ago
    • It really varies depending on where your child is - i.e. it would look VERY different for a non-verbal than verbal dc, a toilet-trained vs not dc, one with self-injury behaviors...(more) 8 hr 24 min ago
      or not, etc.
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      • Therapist usually has a list of goals they are working on. There is time "at the table" where the child is requested to either follow a gesture the therapist does and other goals...(more) 8 hr 21 min ago
        like match items, sort items etc... This is interspersed with "floor time play" and choice time for play.
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    • NP-it could be "at the table" with age appropriate cognitive tasks, it could be a "community outing", it could be a turn-taking exercise.. 8 hr 18 min ago
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    • To a certain degree, a session can be whatever you feel it needs to be. The therapist will talk through with you the most urgent challenges and construct a serious of programs...(more) 8 hr 6 min ago
      that are normally a mixture of social/anti social behavior modelling, encouraging communication, following direction, academic tasks and whatever you feel needs addressing. Our sessions could consist of learning to count and learning colors, following a specific direction, potty training and even walking 20 blocks every day to do a road safety program. It's a very broad area but you will/should have input all along the way.
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    • OP: Tx! 8 hr 1 min ago
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  7. Special Needs For NYC folks with Medicaid waiver, where have you found respite workers/comm hab workers? And how have you used the community hab workers with your dc? What can they work on? 8 hr 36 min ago (3 replies)
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    • we found ours through an ad on care.com in the SN section - ours works with our child on daily living skills, takes them swimming and to activities 8 hr 34 min ago
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      • Thanks! Did you post for a respite worker, or a babysitter? Are they paid by your waiver? We are new to this! 8 hr 31 min ago
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        • Because according to the service coordinator, they are barely paid minimum wage? I worry about finding someone experienced to work for that amount. 8 hr 28 min ago
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  8. Special Needs So far so good, no DOE placement letter and the deadline is AUgust 15. Sometimes I cheer for their incompetence! If they miss, we will likely get another settltment year... 9 hr 14 min ago (9 replies)
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    • I thought August 15th was only for Turning 5 8 hr 53 min ago
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      • Oh shoot, then what is CSE? 8 hr 49 min ago
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        • I thought I started to party at august 15? 8 hr 46 min ago
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          • ^last year (not a T5 year) 8 hr 46 min ago
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            • You are correct, the OR is not. June 15 is the Nickerson deadline for Turning 5 kids, August 15 is the Nickerson deadline for everyone else. 8 hr 45 min ago
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              • op: thanks was starting to lose my mind! 8 hr 36 min ago
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                • The DOE has until the first day of school to offer a placement I believe. If not then, a week or so before 7 hr 35 min ago
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                  • np: new to the process. what does this all mean? 7 hr 33 min ago
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                  • They must send you a placement postmarked by August 15 if you are within the alstandard timeline. This is in the DOE SOPM which is downloadable from their website. Actually...(more) 7 hr 25 min ago
                    getting the Nickerson is not a given though, often the lawyer has to file for it , but assuming that he referral was made timely (months earlier), the placement must arrive postmarked on or before 8/15. This refers only to a child with a special class on their IEP.
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  9. Special Needs Repost: Does anyone use Melvin Oatis? 12 hr 51 min ago (0 replies)
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  10. Special Needs Can someone explain how pendency works in regard to tuition for non-funded school? 12 hr 55 min ago (2 replies)
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    • i thought you only needed pendency to retain preschool level (CPSE) services when you were kindergarten age (and therefore CSE) in mainstream private school. 11 hr 9 min ago
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      • No, i got pendency for second year at funded (not on IEP so we unilaterally placed him in the same school next year). Got settlement of 90% 10 hr 25 min ago
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  11. Special Needs How is it determined which schools are "funded" and which are not? It seems so arbitrary, and the whole sue for reimbursement things is such a waste of resources. Why is Gateway...(more) 13 hr 19 min ago (5 replies)
    funded and not Gaynor for example? Why aren't there more funded options for LD kids? Who makes the determination and why?
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    • The state and I assume the schools either apply for funding directly from the state or they don't. Schools that are funded students can only be placed through CBST with the DOE,...(more) 8 hr 20 min ago
      unfunded the school can directly accept students.
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      • Actually I don't think that's true. Schools that are funded can get students placed through CBST but they can also directly accept students. Churchill does this all the time....(more) 7 hr 35 min ago
        But those families have to go through the process of suing, and the deferred/CBST families don't.
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        • Agree. The funded schools accept who they want and if the families don't have funding they sue....(more) 6 hr 53 min ago
          It seems like the state does not want more funded schools and the ones that are funded have been around a long time.
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    • The tuition for the funded schools is much less than for non-funded so it's not likely a non-funded school would want to be funded. 6 hr 52 min ago
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    • Many of the no funded schools do not want to be funded. When they are funded they do not have the same frredpm to do what they want 6 hr 33 min ago
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  12. Special Needs NY Times on the kid who beat autism. Apologies if it's already been discussed...(more) 15 hr 21 min ago (1 reply)
    • several kids it appears. Very interesting article - at least for its case studies. The hand-flapping riveted me. DS - 12 - still does that on occasion. We've never discussed...(more) 15 hr 7 min ago
      not doing it -at least not at home - I think he figured out nobody else did it and it was sort of a "tell" that set him apart so generally he doesn't do it but just once in a while when he's super excited or anxious it'll still come out...
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  13. Special Needs Anyone see this interesting article in NYTimes? What are your thoughts on what makes an effective ABA program?...(more) 16 hr 11 min ago (6 replies)
    • based on that article it seems that even the experts aren't sure what makes it effective 15 hr 35 min ago
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    • I am reading it. My dd lost her asd dx at age 4. she did some ABA but it wasn't as effective. I don't think she was all that autistic, though I do think the dx was warranted. I...(more) 15 hr 34 min ago
      hope that makes sense. she had a real language delay but once she got some language, she craved more and more and more. Once she had some fine motor skills, she needed more. she was able to build on anything that was given her, but she (and still does) need to be shown things that other kids figure out on their own. Socially she's shy and turns her back on new situations out of fear, but she's very empathetic. so it's a weird mix. I wish there wasn't as much ABA in this artcle but I can see that it works.
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    • do you currently work with a BCBA? Lots of things make an effective ABA program. Sorry, meant to say that it's tough to define in a couple of sentences. But obviously starting out...(more) 13 hr 26 min ago
      with strong therapists helps!
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    • Didn't two Of the parents in the article get trained to do aba themselves because they couldn't afford to hire a therapist, and it still worked? 12 hr 25 min ago
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      • I'm from the UK and this is a very common approach. The state provides a 'lead' therapist and you or your childcarer can get trained and supervised every few months....(more) 9 hr 26 min ago
        My sister does this and has had a lot of success with her daughter.
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    • I think the article misses the mark on how aba can help a dc with autism reach their full potential. Kids, nt or sn have different iq's different potential. It may not be in...(more) 11 hr 51 min ago
      effective aba it may mean that one dc has a much more sever case of autism and therefor not able to progress as much. Lost opportunity on how powerful aba can be IMO.
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  14. Special Needs I just realized dcs' afterschool program only goes through 5th grade. technically, one dc is going into 5th and the other into 3rd. i know the program will let dc stay for two...(more) 16 hr 36 min ago (1 reply)
    more years, but then what? this just kind of hit me. i want my dcs to socialize with typical peers when i can't be with them. things can be tough for dc in a mainstream environment, but at twice a week it has been great. sigh.
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    • There probably won't be peers his age there at that time 16 hr 35 min ago
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  15. Special Needs Fantasy family vent....(more) 17 hr 28 min ago (5 replies)
    In my fantasy world, I have a 3rd db (a girl - my first daughter) and maybe even a sister for her, retire from my job, get into taking up art, run with the strollered girl(s) in central park and get back into some kind of shape, become involved in school, and enjoy a very mommy life. But there is this angel/devil sitting on my shoulder saying that when I'm 50 and have teenage boys (one mildly ASD) I'll be glad I kept my family small and kept up my career (sanity, income) and my life will be much more balanced and manageable than having children spanning multiple phases of childhood and all of us living off one income. And that mother-son can be just as wonderful and rewarding as mother-daughter. It's the kid not the gender. And I didn't get a doctorate to run around central park in sweat pants endlessly. Just venting my mixed up emotions. Trying to be logical about something very emotional. Also I have my period.
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    • How old are you now? 17 hr 27 min ago
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      • I'lll be forty in February. 17 hr 24 min ago
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        • Honestly, I say keep it small. I had a DB at 39. I'm 46 now and she's starting first grade. 17 hr 18 min ago
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          • ^^I stopped working when she was 18 months old (got laid off) and never went back, I wish I had though. 17 hr 17 min ago
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            • OP: Thanks for the honest reply. 16 hr 40 min ago
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  16. Special Needs Does anyone have experience with Schneider Speech or SAY (Stuttering Association for the Young)? Looking for a practice in NYC that can help dc with dysfluent speech and...(more) 17 hr 36 min ago (3 replies)
    facilitates small groups for therapy. Tia
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    • watching this. Have been looking for even the word dysfluent for ages! TY. This describes ds's speech. Not stuttering, but lack fluidity. 17 hr 24 min ago
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    • Every family I know in NYC whose dc has dysfluency issues ended up going to the Schneiders and spoke highly of them. They seem to be the go-to! 11 hr 36 min ago
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  17. Special Needs I am thinking about reaching out to Montessori teaching colleges, or whatever their master org is, to recommend that they include information on sensory processing disorder in...(more) 17 hr 45 min ago (8 replies)
    their training. I keep hearing about kids like my dd, who has SPD, and who flourished in Montessori kids because the environment actually helps 'cover up' their issues. Then, when they move to public school or traditional private, their issues become more apparent. Does anyone else think this is true?
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    • What I think, which dovetails off your comment, is that kids on the spectrum and/or with SPD are not well-suited to Montessori environments. Well, they ARE well-suited, but it's...(more) 17 hr 44 min ago
      an environment that does not help them address or remediate what they need to work on. The solitary, self-directed environment is counterproductive for kids who need to work on things like social skills.
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      • op - Yes! Thank you, that's what I was trying to say :) 17 hr 43 min ago
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        • ASD ds spent first two years of schooling in a Montessori. If anything it 'masked' his SN since he is most obviously impaired in play environments since he has poor instincts...(more) 17 hr 40 min ago
          around the give and take of being a social being. Had we gone playbased he would have been flagged at age 3 rather than age 5. We lost two golden years of remediation.
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          • op - Both of my kids have sensory issues. Luckily, as red flags were raised in ps for older kid, we noted similar behavior in younger kid and started evals for him as well 17 hr 38 min ago
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    • can you give some more concrete examples? given the self directed nature of the Montessori setting, i think it might be a nightmare for many sn dcs. 17 hr 42 min ago
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    • I think montessori is great, and there is a great deal wrong with traditional schools. for everyone. 17 hr 41 min ago
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      • Montessori method is awesome, but not for certain kinds of SN kids. 17 hr 33 min ago
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      • I think it can be GREAT for most ADD/ADHD kids (classrooms are quieter, kids work mostly individually) and some LD kids (since each activity is repeated until mastery). But...(more) 17 hr 23 min ago
        Montessori can mask the severity of ASD and delay families obtaining services that could improve outcomes. Speaking from our family's experience Montessori is strong on math, OK in reading and weak on developing writing skills. But Montessori educators are well aware of all of this.
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  18. Special Needs Hi- Anyone know anything about Maplebrook? What have you heard or experienced? I will stickey this and check periodically. TIA! 18 hr ago (3 replies)
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    • Good school for lower iq kids, not tolerant of behavior issues or asd 14 hr 35 min ago
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  19. Special Needs Are you flying soon and having anxiety dreams about it or something? 19 hr 17 min ago (2 replies)
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    • I just flew a month ago and I can tell you my anxiety filled dreams started the night I booked the tickets. 18 hr 34 min ago
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      • ^^^i don't like to fly and this was the first time flying without all of my children...so I was extra nervous but we had a great flight with jetblue 18 hr 34 min ago
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  20. Special Needs I come here very often when I am depressed or anxious or avoiding things in my real life. aka when I am in a bad place (of course! Otherwise I'd be out living my life). I assume...(more) 19 hr 21 min ago (3 replies)
    many others are similar, so when I see people who appear to be on here 24/7, I figure they are as sleep deprived etc as me and the crazy posts make more sense.
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    • How 19 hr 20 min ago
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    • That's a smart POV. Makes sense to me too 19 hr 19 min ago
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    • Lol. Wanna talk about it? Anthropologistmom@hotmail.com 19 hr 11 min ago
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  21. Special Needs CSE 9 (District 2): For those in private schools (parentally placed) with IESPs, how hard was it to get an RSA? Did you have to go through the cascade? Was there a long delay,...(more) 19 hr 25 min ago (2 replies)
    i.e. missed services before getting the transmittal/RSA? Wasn't a problem for us in CPSE, but now that we've transitioned to CSE, I want to know what to expect. TIA
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    • Ugh what a shit show. We had our ds in a private preschool with an IESP...The IESP gave him speech and OT twice a week for 30 min. Those numbnuts in CSE screwed it all up and...(more) 18 hr 29 min ago
      never gave him the start date paperwork until spring...only after a lawyer sent them a letter. He missed his services from September thru March. I called, emailed, faved, constantly and got no where with them. They said they sent his paper work to another dc with the same name. Bullshit. This kid they said had the same name was a teen in another borough. If they'd look at case # or DOB, they'd see my ds was a 4 yr old.
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      • ^^^so my ds got only 2 months out of 10 months of services. Convenient for them in a financially 18 hr 28 min ago
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  22. Special Needs Update from the 8yo having a hard time at camp. Camp ended last night, I picked her up. She seemed okay. She's been very subdued (maybe just exhausted!). There were a lot of...(more) 19 hr 27 min ago (4 replies)
    things she liked (campfire, funyaks, songs, etc), but she didn't like that she didn't have any "freedom" and it was "just like school" -- i.e. there were people telling her what to do. What she liked the most was the downtime, where she recruited 5 girls to make a "salon", where they gave manicures to other campers, massages, did their hair, etc. Apparently this was a big hit. That's my dd in a nutshell -- the big idea, creative one who can run the show, but can't take the smallest direction without backtalking.
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    • Glad she's doing good. Honestly, I understand how kids sometimes don't want all the structured time. Growing up, we just played. My ds begged me this summer not to sign him up...(more) 19 hr 23 min ago
      up for things. He also says it feels like school.
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      • op: I agree. Luckily the rest of summer she's just doing a few days at a very unstructured day camp that I think she will love. 19 hr 20 min ago
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        • I was hoping things would turn out nicely for her. I could totally see my ds reacting like your dd the first day. The anxiety can really take over. All in all it sounds like it...(more) 19 hr 17 min ago
          it was a good experience.
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    • You know really that's a good report. And let me tell you, my extremely NT, very socially balanced DD went to a GS camp last summer & didn't want to go back this year because she...(more) 11 hr 15 min ago
      thought it didn't have enough choices & freedom.
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  23. Special Needs PSA: Wendy Hilliard Foundation offers SN integrated gymastics...(more) 19 hr 28 min ago (0 replies)
    They're at Riverbank State Park and they have Saturday classes Oct-Jun for $600-700 for the year. Friends of ours have sent their SN dd and loved it in the past. Ages 3-17. But they fill fast so if interested I'd sign up ASAP.
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  24. Special Needs Does anyone use Melvin Oatis? 19 hr 31 min ago (0 replies)
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  25. Special Needs DS's doc (postdoc psychologist at NYU) recommended melatonin for sleep. Anyone want to tell me why this is a good/bad idea for my 6 yo ADHDer? He is not yet on ADHD meds, but...(more) 19 hr 33 min ago (5 replies)
    will be later this month and he takes FOREVER to calm down enough to go to sleep & wakes up in middle of night and comes to my bed.
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    • We used it for years for my A 19 hr 32 min ago
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      • ^^ sorry. For my ASD child. It helped, I think. but now he won't take it. He's 10yo. 19 hr 32 min ago
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        • I've been reading that it may be a hormone disruptor and impact devlopment in kids? 19 hr 30 min ago
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    • It's like a miracle drug for my 5yo. Zonks out 15 minutes later, sleeps soundly through the night. That said, I'm nervous about using it consistently. I use it about 1-2x/week 19 hr 30 min ago
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    • does nothing for my ADHD kid, but he's on meds so it takes a LOT to get him to sleep. 9 hr 26 min ago
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