Special Needs

  1. Special Needs How is IRan in charge of ANYTHING related to human rights in the UN (and yes, I know the UN is a corrput organization)...(more) 56 min ago (1 reply)
    • ^^^meant for toddler, I apologie, I was venting earlier about a 5 month wait 56 min ago
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  2. Special Needs One dc is on the spectrum, and we decided to have our 2nd tested to see if there was anything to worry about, learning-wise (he's not on the spectrum). Turns out: he's ADHD with a...(more) 1 hr 4 min ago (4 replies)
    lot of anxiety and social/emotional issues. Possibly a non-verbal learning disability, but neuropsych is tabling that dx until he tests him again in 6 months when he hopes he'll be less recalcitrant about testing. Good times! I guess it's good that dh and I are freaks about intervention, because nobody at my dc's MS private suggested we have him tested for anything.
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    • How old is second? Did you have any inkling there were issues? Seems like you woukd have had some red flags 1 hr 2 min ago
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      • op: He's 8yo. He had a few instances in 2nd grade where he wasn't cooperative about assignments, but then he came around. And he's never been able to sit still for reading time,...(more) 59 min ago
        but he was in the highest reading level in class last year. He's very bright, and his decoding is great. The comprehension is starting to show deficits. It's fine, it's a label, and we knew he would probably have some issues, because dh and I always think the worst.
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        • What will you do with this information if there are no issues at school? 40 min ago
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          • op: I'm getting him a reading tutor and he has a therapist (psychologist), given his brother's special needs. I wanted him to be able to talk to someone about being a sibling of a...(more) 22 min ago
            kid with SNs. So I'm going to try to intervene without the schools' knowledge and we'll see what happens. I'm going to hold off on medicating.
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  3. Special Needs I know I shouldn't complain, but filling out middle school apps for DS and the "essay"-type questions (6) required by Winston Prep make me want to scream. People, if I had didn't...(more) 1 hr 13 min ago (1 reply)
    have children with special needs, I might have time to write 6 essays for you. But I don't. Vent over.
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    • You should complain. It's ridiculous. 56 min ago
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  4. Special Needs I am going to get a haircut at 830 tomorrow, it will look so nice but I am going to the gym directly after. Oh well. 1 hr 19 min ago (3 replies)
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    • Bad plan. Gym first, then haircut. 1 hr 19 min ago
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    • Skip the gym. 1 hr 13 min ago
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  5. Special Needs We are cleaning out our files. We have reams of paperwork related to EI when ds was a toddler. Ds is now 11 and fully mainstreamed and has not...(more) 1 hr 21 min ago (1 reply)
    received support in many years. Ds has ADHD, though when he was a baby/toddler he was way behind and had lots of issues. He had speech, play, PT, OT, plus feeding therapy. Can we get rid of all the EI paperwrok? We'll save the medical records and neuropsych. I must say, though, reading through that papework brought back awful memories.
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    • My DS is 7 and I threw all that away a few years ago. 1 hr 20 min ago
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  6. Special Needs UGH...we live in not a small town, but it's not like NYC. There are 3 heath groups if you will, if you are in one you can't use the services of another, you ahve to use who they...(more) 1 hr 58 min ago (0 replies)
    refer you in their group. It is now a FIVE MONTH WAIT to see a psychatrist for ds because one is going on mat. leave. So to get him on meds we have to go through his pediatrican. the therapy group is really good, probably the best we have worked with. They are going to test him again, and they are working really well with the school and having good communication but UGH
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  7. Special Needs Competitive suburban school districts...disaster for SNs? I feel like ALL of the districts near us (including ours) are like this. Not sure what'll happen when DC is in elementary...(more) 2 hr 4 min ago (14 replies)
    but all the good districts seem to be competitive.
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    • do they have services? 2 hr 4 min ago
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      • yes but academically - yikes. Really hard & kids are pushed (so I hear) 2 hr 1 min ago
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    • where are you? 2 hr 4 min ago
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    • Some if them have great services 2 hr 4 min ago
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    • our district has great services, and it is very competitive. it is so much better than it was in the city. 2 hr 3 min ago
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      • but do you worry how your DC will keep up academically? 2 hr 2 min ago
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        • he thrived. really. he's had an amazing experience. and the kid no one thought would go to college is going to a 4 year university next year. 2 hr 1 min ago
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          • np: was it bumpy? We have had a great year, but this year is already starting out badly. DS is really anxious, inattentive, and didn't score well on his quiz today because of it 2 hr ago
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            • yeah, it was bumpy. but ds was motivated, he wanted to be challenged. and we decided not to focus on grades, but on skills, organization, study habits, that kind of thing. the...(more) 1 hr 58 min ago
              grades came as a result of his preparedness.
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      • Ditto 2 hr 2 min ago
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      • tritto but i need to confess that we've been in the burbs all along so my sense of the city is based on siblings and friends in the city w/sn kiddos 42 min ago
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    • Out district 1 hr 12 min ago
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      • Is good for top track or low. It's the average kids that 1 hr 12 min ago
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        • Phone, sorry. That its bad. 1 hr 11 min ago
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  8. Special Needs DH attempting to help dc with math--I am hiding, waiting for the arguments to begin. 2 hr 46 min ago (0 replies)
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  9. Special Needs I'm coming here because dh is not really supportive about dd going to see a therapist. She is 6, went for several sessions last year because she seemed be having some anxiety...(more) 4 hr 40 min ago (3 replies)
    about death (we lost my grandmother), and the therapist also worked with her on some rigidity things during playtime (taking turns, that sort of thing) Well lately I have noticed dd murmuring, "Let me try it like this, let me try it like this" a couple times while she touches her nose. I asked her about and she says if she doesn't do it she'll scream. It sounds very OCD to me. Please don't freak me out, but I should bring her back in right? At least for a check-in? Dh was dismissive.
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    • I think you should look into it. My ds has a tic and I took him to a neurologist 4 hr 39 min ago
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    • follow your gut. always. 4 hr 39 min ago
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    • Yes, that sounds like either anxiety tic or OCD. 4 hr 37 min ago
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  10. Special Needs I will ask OT, but wondering here - dd 7yo and lately has been having a lot of vocal outbursts at home/after school. Just suddenly "roaring" or screeching. I don't think she does...(more) 4 hr 46 min ago (10 replies)
    it to be naughty, I really think she can't help it. Her speech teacher noticed it today and wondering if maybe dd is 'keeping it all in' during school, and needs to let it out somehow after. This makes sense to me, so my question is - how do we find ways for her to 'let it out'? We go to a playground most days after school, which is she always asks to do, but it is crowded and loud and kind of crazy, and I feel like it winds her up more. Any suggestions?
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    • could it be a verbal tic? 4 hr 44 min ago
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      • op - it doesn't seem tic-ish, if that makes sense. She knows she is doing it, it happens when she's really wound up, bouncing off the walls 4 hr 43 min ago
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        • yes it makes sense. maybe it is a little complulsion, a little sensory thing. 4 hr 42 min ago
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          • op - Oh yeah, she definitely has sensory things going on 4 hr 40 min ago
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            • What's her SN, if you don't mind my asking? 4 hr 32 min ago
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              • op - Don't mind at all. Her evals show her as sensory seeking w/ a weak core 4 hr 25 min ago
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                • Fine motor, too? Sounds a lot like my 5 yo. With him, it's just a form of stimming with his sensory stuff. It's a painstaking process, but you can get him to switch to...(more) 4 hr 17 min ago
                  alternative stims that aren't so disruptive or annoying to other people.
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                  • op - Thanks for the input. I will mention it to her ot 4 hr 3 min ago
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    • How's her school situation? Could it be an anxiety/stress thing? 4 hr 42 min ago
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      • op She says she likes school, hasn't complained, teacher says everything is going well. I will dig a little deeper when we have some mom/kid time 4 hr 39 min ago
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  11. Special Needs My worst nightmare. After 2 great years, DC is with a teacher and aide who really do not get him. He has bombed his first 2 tests. My stress levels are through the roof 5 hr 27 min ago (8 replies)
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    • You really think he didn't pass his tests because teachers dont "get him"? It could be he just failed to demonstrate that he had acquired the knowledge needed to pass the test. 5 hr 26 min ago
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      • Yes actually. Because he easily did all the homework, he is supposed to be tested in a private room and get breaks during long tests. Thanks for the support - check your damn...(more) 5 hr 21 min ago
        board stamp, please
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      • np: troll go back to Toddler 5 hr 20 min ago
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    • how old is the kid? (and I can come up with far worse nightmares) 5 hr 25 min ago
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    • What tests is he taking already? Is he being given the appropriate accomodations? 5 hr 17 min ago
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    • Have you met with the new teacher yet? Also, if last year's team really got your dc, maybe contact them and ask if they'd be willing to give new team a little bit of...(more) 4 hr 44 min ago
      an orientation?
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    • Oh no! :( You have no input/say in teacher selection? 4 hr 5 min ago
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  12. Special Needs If your sn dc is in a burb public, are there bullying and exclusion issues (as I assume) and what kind? 5 hr 32 min ago (0 replies)
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  13. Special Needs How do you decide between a dev ped and neuropsych? 7 hr 56 min ago (3 replies)
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    • age, no? dev ped for 5 and under. 7 hr 55 min ago
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      • Neuropsych for school-aged/guidance on school placement. Younger and/or not interested in school placement stuff, dp. 7 hr 37 min ago
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    • we've used both. Our day to day ped is a dev expert 5 hr 43 min ago
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  14. Special Needs ICT in middle school - how much communication do you have (if ever) with the teachers? We are new to this. Do I just assume DC's IEP (for writing LD) is being implemented? 10 hr 13 min ago (2 replies)
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    • I have a younger child, but based on all of my interactions with the DOE, I would never assume anything. I don't see anything wrong with asking about this. You have every right...(more) 9 hr 51 min ago
      to be sure dc is getting what he is entitled to.
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    • My dc just started middleschool in the burbs. I went in before school last Wednesday to talk with teachers. 9 hr 34 min ago
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  15. Special Needs Does anyone have a CBT therapist rec in NYC for adults? Having that 'aha' moment about how some of my dd's issues are passed-on from me, and I want help for my anxiety. Any rec's? 11 hr 43 min ago (1 reply)
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    • Center for cognitive behavioral psychotherapy. This is where Seivert used to work. I saw Nancy at the practice and she was terrific. 8 hr 8 min ago
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  16. Special Needs I posted a while ago about getting pregnant after 10 year. Not sure anyone remembers but I thought I would update! I am now 9 weeks along and my 7 week ultrasound looked great! My...(more) 11 hr 59 min ago (5 replies)
    dh is excited now! And even more amazing is our son who has pretty sever trauma issues from orphanages when he was young has turned a major point!! He has gone from 1-2 hour violent meltdowns to meltdowns under 2 minutes. It's amazing and our team is blown away! So things are looking pretty optimistic for us.
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    • Yay! Best wishes to you guys. So exciting. 11 hr 58 min ago
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    • Congratulations!! 11 hr 57 min ago
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    • nice. my mom had me after trying for 10 yrs! 11 hr 57 min ago
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    • Wow, I'm so happy for you! 11 hr 49 min ago
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  17. Special Needs Res needed for speech/vocal coach Westchester or Riverdale...(more) 12 hr 1 min ago (0 replies)
    My DD has articulation issues -she is in middle school. The speech teachers say she is "fine" because you can understand her, but it's not fine. We live in lower Westchester.
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  18. Special Needs If your child has a para on his/her IEP, is the para there for lunch or recess? Particularly if child has physical assistance needs. 14 hr 31 min ago (16 replies)
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    • The para needs to eat and take breaks so you need to request the para be there for lunch if that's a priority then schedule the paras lunch during a therapy or something. 14 hr 23 min ago
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      • OK. Surprised that's not hte default, when a kid's IEP shows he has almost no manual motor capabilities. 14 hr 21 min ago
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        • It is in fact how they automatically did it for my ASD kid in ms, who needs the most support during unstructured time like recess. 14 hr 20 min ago
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          • Or: in some schools it is, in others its not - up to u to ask a out all those little details btdt...(more) 14 hr 16 min ago
            And learned the hard way
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      • ^and they have another para come during your main paras lunch. Oh and ask how all that works when your paras sick and if u get notified ect. You need to be on top of all the...(more) 14 hr 18 min ago
        details and think of all the transitions bc IME this is what falls through the cracks. Transition meaning who walks dc to related services, takes dc to pick up person + meets at drop off. If you want the aide in therapy sessions that needs to be in the iep - all the details go in
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        • there are no sub paras at my school. during the para's break there is no additional para. school doesn't have floating paras 14 hr 14 min ago
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          • Or: 14 hr 11 min ago
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            • Or: our school hires specific lunch paras and then staggers lunch so a para can go to another kid while one is in therapy - hence me asking about who takes dc to therapy . 14 hr 10 min ago
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    • special ed teacher here. para gets a 50 min lunch break in nyc doe. you can coordinate with the teacher, admin, and para when that break will be. My paras take their lunch the...(more) 14 hr 15 min ago
      period after the students take their own lunch
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      • That would be much better. He has a very small class, so classroom time is easier. 14 hr 13 min ago
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        • Some years I have 2+ paras. I ask them to not take lunch at the same time. 14 hr 12 min ago
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    • Dd has mild cp and her para is around for lunch and recess. In fact, I was told that according to the doe the para is required to be with her at lunch, recess and going to the...(more) 11 hr 12 min ago
      bathroom.
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      • OP: Mine is severely dyspraxic, but functionally similar to mild cp. He has hx of serious oral motor issues, lunch is the key point in why he has a para on his IEP! 10 hr 26 min ago
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    • You need to request that either the same para is there during lunch & recess, or another para is there to fill in during that time. 10 hr 27 min ago
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      • We are currently phone tagging with our SBST to discuss. 10 hr 25 min ago
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        • I am sure it'll get sorted out. I wouldn't worry too much. Often lunch/recess is when the classroom aide takes lunch, so worst case, they put in another aide. Or the classroom...(more) 10 hr 17 min ago
          aide can take her lunch while DC is in therapy, so then she's free during lunch/recess. Regardless, your DC is absolutely entitled to having someone there - I doubt you'll have a problem.
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  19. Special Needs If you were writing an ad for a babysitter, would you specifically ask for experience with ADHD or would you just look for someone with good organizational and homework skills? 22 hr 59 min ago (5 replies)
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    • I'd ask for very patient and outgoing too. 22 hr 53 min ago
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    • the latter 22 hr 52 min ago
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      • Our great long-term nanny has never worked with SN kids before mine. A smart, skilled person can pick up the techniques pretty readily, just like you and I had to as parents...(more) 14 hr 34 min ago
        despite not raising SN kids before. :)
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    • adhd may scare a sitter away (hyperactive kids are hard to babysit for). Go for the latter. 22 hr 52 min ago
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    • In my experience, putting it in the ad is helpful. It weeds out those who would panic at negative behavior. My best and longest serving sitters...(more) 12 hr 35 min ago
      are those who are committed to SN kids and don't have 2nd careers going on.
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  20. Special Needs I wish there was a magic crystal ball that would let me know if my dc would outgrow ADHD!...(more) 23 hr 6 min ago (18 replies)
    • oh, please can you summarize? it won't open on my phone and my 6 yo was recenty dxd 23 hr 5 min ago
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      • article about parts of the brain that work differently in ADHD kids 23 hr ago
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        • NP: sorry this poster won't help you. It's about studies showing that ADHD may be an issue of certain parts of the brain just needing time to mature. Good luck. 22 hr 58 min ago
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          • thank you. i think I may have known this. I asked ds's doctor "how long this would last" or something like that and he said, 'hopefully by college his frontal lobes will catch...(more) 22 hr 57 min ago
            up with other kids'"
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          • geez. I was trying to be helpful. Sorry this poster didn't think so and was so rude. 22 hr 57 min ago
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            • i'm not sure how what you wrote even remotely summarized what the article said. she is someone in your boat (and mine) who asked you for a favor. moms on SNB are usually more...(more) 22 hr 56 min ago
              helpful than this
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              • you are really grouchy ... and really not that nice. 22 hr 55 min ago
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                • ^^and moms on this board are usually nice. not you. 22 hr 55 min ago
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                  • np: love it how that person is so critical of others but dislikes if anyone calls her on her bad attitude. and, yes, she'll probably dislike this. 22 hr 52 min ago
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            • NP: yes, but I don't think your "summary" was accurate 22 hr 55 min ago
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              • fine, then offer your own. But why be so nasty about it? 22 hr 53 min ago
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    • DD's doctor said that 90% of their patients don't come back past middle school, very few come back when they are in college. Looks like most kids do outgrow it, or symptoms lessen...(more) 23 hr 4 min ago
      enough to be able to deal with it better.
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      • pediatrician or psychiatrist? 23 hr 1 min ago
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        • dev ped, but it's a big specialty practice in a children's hospital, specializes in adhd. She said they follow their patients into adulthood, and that's what the trend is 22 hr 59 min ago
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          • I hope my ds gets lucky! 22 hr 59 min ago
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      • true. Many, many people outgrow the hyperactive, impulsive part after puberty. You do not see students running all around the room in high school very often. Inattentive less...(more) 21 hr 37 min ago
        likely to go away but many have developed coping skills, organizational tricks, etc.
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      • I have 3 friends with cases like this, all took meds until puberty kicked in and they all changed. Gives me hope! 12 hr 19 min ago
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    • my ADD daughter was dx'd at almost 15. It explained so much about the previous 3 years. She's 16, and it looks like simply maturing is improving a lot of her issues. She does take...(more) 23 hr 1 min ago
      meds and does therapy, but the therapy is not specifically for ADD.
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  21. Special Needs I have an 11 yo with ADHD and a 9 yo who may have some of the same issues. At the moment, I WOH...(more) 23 hr 42 min ago (8 replies)
    and dh, who has been underemployed, has been working at home. Now dh is going back to work, which is great, but I am just beside myself as to how we're going to manage. We are already struggling to get homework and everything done. Any BTDT to share?
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    • I'm in your boat. It has been really hard 23 hr 41 min ago
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      • right now the plan is for me to leave for work at 5 a.m so I can leave most days at 4 p.m. Dh is going to take the "late" shift so he can get ds off to school. Our 11 yo really...(more) 23 hr 37 min ago
        struggles to make the bus and get his day started. I am afraid that my mom and most babysitters won't provide the structure dc need to get homework, music lessons, etc. done. (My mom offers to help but generally she is a reluctant disciplinarian and doesn't want to/ is unable to organize the kids.)
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        • Have a place or them to do homework and a regular routine. Mom or sitter can be sure they are at their workplace trying to do homework. They will likely get some done and can go...(more) 12 hr 3 min ago
          over what they don't understand with you when you arrive.
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    • my underemployed dh just bit the bullet to stay home while I continue to work *just one with ADHD. I'm sorry, so hard. Maybe find an afterschool sitter who's also studying for...(more) 23 hr 40 min ago
      her Masters in Special Ed? I had one of these and it was awesome (until she moved on to a teaching job)
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      • how did you find her? what did you pay her? 23 hr 39 min ago
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        • i placed the ad myself in CARE.COM and she was at Concordia College nearby (I am in Westchester). I paid her $16 HR. last yer 23 hr 36 min ago
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          • did you mention ADHD directly or just the skills necessary to deal with homework, i.e. supervise and structure? 23 hr 22 min ago
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    • I get it. I have two ADHD girls (one of them also has another disorder), and I WOH part-time. I could never mange working FT hours at a job OH 5 hr 38 min ago
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  22. Special Needs Does 4 days of testing (it sounds like most of the day) sound at all normal to you in terms of testing for ADHD and IQ? And VERY expensive. I was diagnosed in the 80's and it was...(more) 9-17-2014 8:20pm (15 replies)
    nothing like that, just 1-2 short sessions.
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    • 4 days all day is a lot. i think my kid did 4 days but they were half days. of course, if you just want the dx, you can find someone who will do it in half an hour. 9-17-2014 8:21pm
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      • of course want complete testing done - but normal, nothing over the top from what is usually done 9-17-2014 8:22pm
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        • sorry, didn't meant to imply that you didn't! there is just a lot of variation is what i meant, and better too much (obviously) than too little. 9-17-2014 8:23pm
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          • I got what you meant :-) 9-17-2014 8:24pm
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        • Is this a whole neuro-psych report? Just for adhd should not be that. A few session with a child psychiatrist should accomplish that. 11 hr 59 min ago
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    • we just did a neuropsych work up that included ADHD screening and IQ and other stuff. It was 2 pretty full days 9-17-2014 8:21pm
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      • ok thanks. I'm open to it, but was wondering if this was standard or she was suggestion over the top testing 9-17-2014 8:24pm
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    • Is this a full psycho educational evaluation? They are very expensive and usually multiple sessions over several days. My 15 year old did 12 hours over 3 days, most you get kids...(more) 9-17-2014 8:22pm
      do fewer hours over more days. Things have changed since the 80's
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      • Yes, it's this. Thanks. 9-17-2014 8:23pm
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    • It's 8-10 hours of testing. It can't possibly be four full days. Don't you mean, you go there on four days, for maybe 2-3 hours each? 9-17-2014 8:22pm
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    • And yes, expensive it is. 9-17-2014 8:23pm
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    • We did it when da was 15. It was 3-4 hours a day, 3 days straight. Mornings only. 9-17-2014 8:24pm
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    • Just did 3 days of NP testing, 6 hours total. 9-17-2014 8:38pm
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    • Our testing always took 3 days...they would add an additional day if they didn't get all finished ...this was a full np 9 hr 49 min ago
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  23. Special Needs Ugh, have to meet with teacher and head of school to discuss dc's neuropsych and probably meds. at a ms school. feel like this is the beginning of the end and i am just dreading...(more) 9-17-2014 7:40pm (8 replies)
    it. having a small panic attack right now.
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    • Btdt. Last year, end of year. What is scaring you? Does he need the meds? Has he started them yet? 9-17-2014 7:42pm
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      • And how old? Honestly, if he really needs them, though it is a process, it can change his and your experience of school 9-17-2014 7:43pm
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        • 7yo. Started on meds for anxiety over the summer, but possibly addin adhd meds. no real improvement yet. scared because it feels like we are on the road to getting kicked out,...(more) 9-17-2014 9:23pm
          even though we know we may need to find a different school anyway. scared because now it's out there and dc is stigmatized. scared bc it's a new head of school and we have no relationship. feel like i'm being called to the principal's office and i'm in trouble. just feeling really sad. and scared.
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    • what do you mean by the beginning of the end? you have all this knowledge to apply to the situation now, can get accommodations that will help in the classroom, and if meds are...(more) 9-17-2014 7:43pm
      the way to go and they help, that is positive, too. i know the process is stressful and not what you want for your kid or family, but you are so ahead of the game with all of these resources at your fingertips. think back to how confused and upset you were before you even knew that you had to do the testing, etc.
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      • it all just sucks. i feel bad and embarrassed and ashamed of my "difficult" child, who NO ONE appreciates. not even me, i guess. i suuuuuuuuuuck. 9-17-2014 9:27pm
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        • why would you feel embarrassed and ashamed? 5 hr 39 min ago
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    • I was in your shoes last year, and it all worked out for the best. Ms school did not want to counsel out ds but was at a loss how to help him. They even suggested holding off on...(more) 10 hr 50 min ago
      meds until all behavioral strategies had been exhausted because he was only five, and when it came time for meds at the end of the year, they were so supportive. In addition to filling out the meds surveys, his kindergarten teacher kept a food diary without any prompting because she was worried he wasn't eating well during school! I know it's hard not to worry about being counseled out, but try to see the glass half full. FWIW, ds had a very successful year last year once all the strategies were put into place, and he seems to be off to a good start this year.
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    • Think of it as the beginning of the beginning because you are getting your child the support he/she needs. 2 hr 11 min ago
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  24. Special Needs You just can't get the learning apps on android, can you? Even when they have an android version, like Duck Duck Moose, they crash on that version. I think I have to buy a stupid...(more) 9-17-2014 4:44pm (0 replies)
    Ipad. What version is current enough for learning apps only, maybe some kindle books here and there?
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  25. Special Needs Can anyone recommend a good martial arts school/teacher for a very small, low-tone 5 year old? We are in the Slope, but AmeriKicks is so expensive and I hear it can be crowded...(more) 9-17-2014 3:54pm (2 replies)
    and overwhelming. DC needs to work both on tone and attention/behavior issues. We can travel by subway but would prefer not to go too far. Thanks.
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