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  1. Special Needs I am new to SN world. Ds is just finishing 1st grade, will be 7 in august. He has subtle difficulties, most noticably in that he does not comprehend what he reads despite reading...(more) 6 hr 26 min ago (21 replies)
    beautifully. School did an eval and they think he has a learning disability (probably nvld), and gave him an iep mandating that he be in ict classes and get interventions for reading comp and math word problems, always small group work, and group social skills counseling. Friend who is a school psych said that sounded perfect. Dh and i are satisfied. But friends who are more seasoned sn parents keep telling us about how we are going to have to fight and stay on them etc. are we missing something? This all sounds pretty good to us.
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    • See how it goes some schools drop the ball. You have to stay on top of it 6 hr 25 min ago
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    • If you are new and your ds is just starting to get services, I would just see how it is working before going in for the fight. You may be in a district that has the resources to...(more) 6 hr 24 min ago
      really give him what he needs and you may not. Not going to help your kid if you go in fighting. The one important thing to keep in mind is that the district is going to be working to get your kid to average. If you see needs that aren't being met, you may have to supplement with outside tutoring, etc.
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    • Those services sound perfect. Just make sure they are really providing them. 6 hr 9 min ago
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    • I think you should never trust the school psychís evaluation. For one thing, they are only looking at criteria that fit the ďeducationalĒ evaluation. I would get a thorough...(more) 6 hr 7 min ago
      neuropsych evaluation at reputable instituition. That can uncover things the school systemís eval cant (and isnt meant to).
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      • We are looking into this, though I understand it costs like $5k and is not covered by insurance... but Iím not 100% sure of the point of doing it if the school is already agreeing...(more) 6 hr 5 min ago
        To give him services.
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        • It may not be. Itís just much more thorough. If accoms in the iep are all he needs to succeed at school, thatís fine. 5 hr 58 min ago
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        • You should be able to get the district to pay for a private neuropsych. 4 hr 17 min ago
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          • Not in the state of NY. That just isnt true. 4 hr 15 min ago
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            • Op here. We are in an nyc public. 4 hr 14 min ago
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              • They dont. The NYC DoE will do an educational evaluation. As they already did. Their responsibility ends there. They wont pay for medical or psychological anything because they...(more) 4 hr 10 min ago
                will only ďpayĒ for the accomodations schools need to provide to give the student a reasonable shot at academic success.
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                • Ok. So do we need to go down this neuropsych road if we are ok with the iep as it stands? I donít want to be a negligent mom but that is a huge expense. 4 hr 9 min ago
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                • Stop it. DOE absolutely pays for neuropsychs and even for Salsberg. While not everyone can do this on our own, attorneys like Steve Alizio will do it and DOE will end up paying...(more) 3 hr 53 min ago
                  attorney fees when he wins at the hearing. https://www.edlawny.com/
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                  • and if you don't want to go the legal route, you can choose a NP evaluator from DOEs contracted list....(more) 3 hr 51 min ago
                    • Thanks 3 hr 45 min ago
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                    • I think this is how they did the initial eval actually 3 hr 38 min ago
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                      • Who did the initial evaluation. If it was the school, then you are still entitled to an IEE. Steve does not charge for consults, so you might want to ask him. 3 hr 19 min ago
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                        • Thanks, I will. The school did the eval but there was a bill attached to the report for $500 for an outside contractor. 3 hr 17 min ago
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          • Really? Why / how? 4 hr 14 min ago
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            • Sheís pranking. 4 hr 13 min ago
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              • I see. Thanks. 4 hr 12 min ago
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            • Not pranking. It's called an independent educational evaluation. 3 hr 48 min ago
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  2. Special Needs Anyone know IHope in NYC? Funded or no? 20 hr 17 min ago (0 replies)
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  3. Special Needs This post has been deleted. 21 hr 41 min ago (23 replies)
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    • This post has been disliked 3 times. showSo Iím guessing he is stuck with the nanny all the time while you work a ton... nice 21 hr 39 min ago
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      • What??I hope that was autofill. 21 hr 38 min ago
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        • Omg, so you can even handle your kid, but you are leavin g him with some poor unpaid family member?! Wtf?! 21 hr 37 min ago
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          • np: Seriously? Shut the fuck up. 21 hr 36 min ago
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          • Trolly McTrollface is on. 21 hr 36 min ago
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            • No, the op needs to either leave her kid with people who have the ability and expertise to handle her kid or else figure out how to do it herself 21 hr 35 min ago
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              • As I said.... 21 hr 34 min ago
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                • Sigh, I hope this op gets the proper care for her child 21 hr 33 min ago
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                  • I hope you get some psychological help, too. 21 hr 33 min ago
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                    • Donít need it, I wouldnít pawn my kid off on some poor relative 21 hr 32 min ago
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          • Get off the special needs board 21 hr 35 min ago
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        • This post has been deleted. 21 hr 36 min ago
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          • np: do not engage with this troll. She is just looking to cause trouble. 21 hr 35 min ago
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      • NP: Why would you make a cruel comment like that? 21 hr 37 min ago
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      • np: WTF? What kind of person writes a reply like that? 21 hr 37 min ago
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        • Wtf kind of person becomes a workaholic to avoid the kid because they canít handle how difficult the child is and then pawns the kid off on someone else 21 hr 36 min ago
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          • Fuck off you miserable bitch. 21 hr 35 min ago
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            • Your kid is the one miserable. Get him or her proper care 21 hr 34 min ago
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              • I am not the OP you utter moron. FUck off back to the troglodyte dwelling you oozed out of. Cunt. 21 hr 34 min ago
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                • You mean the hell in which kids with sn arenít pawned off on some poooe person who has no clue how to care for them? 21 hr 33 min ago
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                  • You are making awful assumptions. There are SN moms who work two jobs so they can pay for ABA...(more) 21 hr 28 min ago
                    While their kid is cared for by a stay at home dad or grandparent. How dare you assume this Mom is abandoning her kid, just because she works?
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          • Youíre on special needs board 21 hr 34 min ago
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  4. Special Needs My son got a 31 on his ACT and was asked to join a college level English class in his senior year at Summit. A little brag and also info for those considering the school 6-23-2018 1:14pm (20 replies)
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    • Fwiw my NT dd could barely manage a 27, and that after four tries and a lot if tutoring. 6-23-2018 1:15pm
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      • Maybe the SAT would be better? We are still waiting for results of that one .. also lots of test optional schools now 6-23-2018 1:18pm
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        • My DD at SN school only applied to test optional, got into every school she applied to EA so didn't bother applying to more....(more) 6-23-2018 1:21pm
          If you do your homework ahead of time on what schools offer what your child needs and wants, you may find the whole college process not so difficult!
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          • ^and OP, congrats to your son on that great score! Mine not at Summit but when we saw it they had some National Merit scholars there. 6-23-2018 1:22pm
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        • She is actually finished with her freshman year. She was accepted to 8 colleges, so it wasn't a tragedy for us :). I was just trying to enhance op's brag. And fwiw dd did not...(more) 6-23-2018 1:40pm
          do better on th SAT. BUT FORTUNATELY HER score was good enough for many places.
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    • I didn't think a 31 was a stellar score...I mean it's good -maybe the high end of good, no? 6-23-2018 1:23pm
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      • np: I think it's pretty good. What do you think is a stellar SAT score? 6-23-2018 1:26pm
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        • SAT? Above a 1450...I don't know...my dc got a 1350 which is equal to a 29 ACT...I think it was good but I wouldn't call it 'amazing' 6-23-2018 1:37pm
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          • I donít see that anyone called it amazing but national average is 27 and this score put him in the top 96th percentile nationwide 22 hr 21 min ago
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    • Congrats! 22 hr 27 min ago
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      • ^If you don't mind answering, what is your son's profile? 22 hr 26 min ago
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        • High functioning autism, anxiety, adhd ... services since age 3.. OT, PT, ST, therapy 22 hr 20 min ago
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          • How is he classified on the IEP (LD, ED, etc)? Also, what did you think the pros/cons for summit? We trying to see if it would be a good for our DC. 21 hr 46 min ago
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            • He was classified ED for the purpose of getting in to summit .. not sure if really matches up With him...(more) 16 hr 25 min ago
              Distance is a major issue for us .. but we put up with it .. maybe not enough academics but itís to focus more on social / emotional stuff. I wish there was a little more focus on college prep but a lot of mainstream high schools donít do this either.
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    • So he will take an AP class there? Good to know as several of my friends complain the academics lag despite them saying it is rigorous 21 hr ago
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      • I donít know if itís an AP class .. I havenít heard anything from the school directly about it yet 16 hr 24 min ago
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        • Regardless, itís great that your son is doing well! 4 hr 6 min ago
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    • My dc is at Summit. Many great things about the school, but college prep is definately lacking. Big need to suppliment and especially teach study skills, which is really not...(more) 16 hr 19 min ago
      done.
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      • What do you think are the gray things? We are debating sending DC there 4 hr 6 min ago
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        • I donít think youíll find a better funded option if you get a spot 3 hr 50 min ago
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  5. Special Needs Packing teen dd who is super hyper...for camp. House is a shambles, dh has been ironong labels on for 3 hours. DD is talking non stop, despite promising to take a walk, do...(more) 6-23-2018 12:10pm (2 replies)
    something quiet, etc....My nerves are just shot.
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    • My dd is the same way. I feel for you. 6-23-2018 12:32pm
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      • Thanks. I am totally cooked. Horrible year, woh, sick elderly parents..... 6-23-2018 12:37pm
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  6. Special Needs This post has been disliked 3 times. showAll of this public anger towards Sarah Sanders at al not being served is going to backfire on Dems. It will energize the right 6-23-2018 11:47am (18 replies)
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    • Um, no it wonít 6-23-2018 11:48am
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    • Nope. Not going to happen. Nice try troll. 6-23-2018 11:48am
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      • You were surprised 18 months ago. I'm just giving you fair warning 6-23-2018 11:50am
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        • No one gives a shit about sanders. Grow up. 6-23-2018 11:50am
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    • i think it is fine honestly. people can stand up for what they believe is moral injustice 6-23-2018 11:48am
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    • it will energize those morons wh o cannot see how monsterous the Trump White house is...they are beyond help anyway 6-23-2018 11:49am
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      • But will cast their votes. You guys aren't listening 6-23-2018 11:51am
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        • Hmm. All the dems I know are pretty damned energized. Also.. the election was SToLEN and you know that. 6-23-2018 11:52am
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          • and SCOTUS was stolen too. 4 hr 15 min ago
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    • eh. She is all avout "moral" outrage--cake baker case, etc. So all good. 6-23-2018 11:51am
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      • Ok I'm not a right winger. I'm trying to show you what is going to happen 6-23-2018 11:53am
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        • You don't need to "show" me anything. You think we don't know what's going on?? 6-23-2018 11:53am
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        • *I'm OP 6-23-2018 11:54am
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    • Alisson can be heard begging for someone to call her aunt as she recites the phone number she memorized during the 17-day journey from their native El Salvador to the...(more) 6-23-2018 11:52am
      US border.
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    • They should have been blasting the audio sobbing stolen kids as they asked her to leave. 6-23-2018 11:53am
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    • Fuck that noise. She deserves all of the public shaming in the world. 17 hr 7 min ago
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    • I agree but I think the way to deal with it is to throw the hate back at these people. Every time a Republican does shit and then whines that people are mean, ask them if anyone...(more) 16 hr 54 min ago
      grabbed them by the pussy or if there's blood coming out of their... "whatever."
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      • ^^ that may not help, but I feel a bit scorched earth on this shit right now. Truth? We're elite enough to survive this. Those yahoo whiners who voted for trump? Reap what you...(more) 16 hr 53 min ago
        sow, baby. Enjoy dying from your diabetes.
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  7. Special Needs Hey CIO poster, some of us republicans are trying to have a serious debate here. Give us a chance and stop foolishly saboti...(more) 6-23-2018 11:23am (5 replies)
    Sabotaging
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  8. Special Needs Got a September spot offer at Rebecca School and attorney believes we have a good case. I can finally breathe 6-23-2018 11:03am (4 replies)
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    • Congrats. Such a good feeling. 6-23-2018 11:06am
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    • Does DC have ASD? 6-23-2018 11:10am
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      • Yes and sensory processing 6-23-2018 11:11am
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        • Its a great school for ASD--good luck! 6-23-2018 11:12am
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  9. Special Needs This post has been deleted. 6-23-2018 11:02am (0 replies)
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  10. Special Needs Lighthouse Guild (NYC funded) shutting down Dec 31. No plan for where to send those kids yet. All visually impaired / multiply disabled. 6-22-2018 11:04pm (13 replies)
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    • Wow. Why? 6-22-2018 11:32pm
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      • No longer core to the mission of the parent organization apparently... 6-22-2018 11:39pm
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        • what does this mean? 6-23-2018 9:24am
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          • It means ďwe arenít telling you the real reason.Ē 6-23-2018 12:49pm
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        • Who is the parent organization? 6-23-2018 1:41pm
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          • Jewish Guild for the blind 20 hr 10 min ago
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    • The website doesn't say anything about them closing? 6-22-2018 11:33pm
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      • Parents and staff were told today 6-22-2018 11:38pm
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    • I heard AMAC is closing too 6-23-2018 11:06am
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      • Lighthouse is putting about 100 kids in this position. Some of the toughest kids to place - blind and multiply disabled. They were accepting kids as late as 3 weeks ago. 6-23-2018 12:54pm
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      • Why is AMAC closing? 6-23-2018 1:33pm
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      • What is amac? 6-23-2018 1:38pm
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        • I think itís this http://amac.org 6-23-2018 1:40pm
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  11. Special Needs I've been posting a lot lately. I'm finally coming to terms that there is something going on with my ds. He's 6. Mild low tone. Very smart and ahead academically. He never...(more) 6-22-2018 9:30pm (15 replies)
    stops talking and interrupts. He and trouble with emotional regulation and is very immature. Gets in people's faces and touches kids constantly. Many fears, can't be alone is scared of kids movies or anything with even a little peril in it. We are going to an OT and a child psychologist this summer. For anxiety and sensory. Should I be concerned about ADHD? I'm not even sure where to start
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    • keep up with therapy and check out CBD - there is a CBD oil moms facebook group even 6-22-2018 9:31pm
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      • What is CBC? 6-22-2018 9:31pm
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        • legal pot oil 6-22-2018 9:32pm
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          • read about it - doesn't get you high, just calm. 6-22-2018 9:34pm
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          • doesn't have THC in it, so you don't get high from it/many, many medicinal uses 6-22-2018 9:36pm
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    • we all try to diagnosis our kids -- it could be ADHD but maybe it's just anxiety - your dr will have a better idea- just make sure your dr has DC's teachers fill out those forms...(more) 6-22-2018 9:32pm
      about behavior in school, etc.
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    • Are you serious? Albert Einstein had ADHD....your son might be twice exceptional...why would you even post something like this? 6-22-2018 9:39pm
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      • Oh, I think he is twice exceptional, most likely. But, it's not the 1930s. He doesn't have to suffer socially and emotionally 6-22-2018 9:40pm
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        • ADHD is a different brain system setup...not a disease...it leads to brilliant innovation and cultural leaps forward in many instances 6-22-2018 9:42pm
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    • Yeah JFK and Bill Gates are dumb a$$es. Hope your kid doesn't have ADHD too... 6-22-2018 9:40pm
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      • Is this the SN board? Wtf? 6-22-2018 9:41pm
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        • Is this rhetorial? Obviously she posted on the Special Needs Board 6-22-2018 9:42pm
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        • Recognizing sarcasm is hard for you I see? 6-22-2018 9:43pm
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    • I understand that you are concerned and confused, and I say this with all kindness once again, please try to stop presupposing what he has and get him a full evaluation 6-22-2018 9:41pm
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    • He sounds ASD to me 17 hr 5 min ago
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  12. Special Needs My dc is starting a sn school in September. It took 2 full years of fighting with my district to make this happen. I really hope its the right move for him 6-22-2018 8:57pm (3 replies)
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    • wishing you -- and DC -- the best! 6-22-2018 8:58pm
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    • with an advocate like you, your dc will do just fine. great work 6-22-2018 9:00pm
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      • aww,thank you, this brought tears to my eyes. Its been a tough road 6-22-2018 9:44pm
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  13. Special Needs 9yo ASD ds (who is maturity-wise more like a 7yo) heard the neighborhood kids playing down the street and ran over to join. He found that it was a few kids from the níohod but...(more) 6-22-2018 7:55pm (10 replies)
    Also 3-4 kids invited over from school to the one kidís house. All kids were more like 10-11yo. Within 5 minutes the parent brought ds home crying, saying he was sorry but it was a party and they kind of had their own thing going on that was tough for ASD ds to join. I am so torn about these situations (which happen a lot) ó should these groups of kids figure out how to let ds join as a way of being inclusive, or is it cool to just say, ďHey, this isn[t a great time to joinĒ (b/c ds can have a hard time going with the flow). I honestly see both sides.
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    • If he was crashing a party, any kid might be asked to leave, but if not, that parent should (I hope) encourage inclusion. 6-22-2018 7:57pm
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      • Yes, and yet I know if his 12yo sister had gone over, they would have welcomed her 6-22-2018 7:57pm
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        • Yeah but you understand why it can't be the same 6-22-2018 7:58pm
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          • Yes, but I guess I wonder when *is* the ďrightĒ time when kids are willing to be inclusive and indulgent of an annoying, socially awkward kid? 6-22-2018 8:04pm
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            • Not at their party and with a younger kid. If your ds were 12 acting 10 it would be different 6-22-2018 8:45pm
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        • if that's really the case, that's heartbreaking 6-22-2018 7:59pm
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        • Are you sure? 6-22-2018 8:01pm
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          • Yes 100% b/c my 12yo dd often does join in with that group, and there were other girls in the mix 6-22-2018 8:02pm
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    • You see both sides bc sometimes it should be one and sometimes it should be the other 6-22-2018 7:58pm
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    • Iím sorry 6-22-2018 8:08pm
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  14. Special Needs DC is in a special needs private school. There are 9 boys in the class. A parent is throwing a bday party for her DS in the class and invited all of them but our child. I am super...(more) 6-22-2018 6:32pm (25 replies)
    pissed off. What is wrong with these people?
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    • I cant believe they left out only one child. Is it possible the invite got lost? overlooked? wrong email address? 6-22-2018 6:32pm
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      • nope. I checked spam. The mom who told me about it is horrified and embarrassed, assumed we were invited. It was sent paperless post 6-22-2018 6:33pm
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        • perhaps the host did not input your email properly. 6-22-2018 6:33pm
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          • So I should just ignore and not get upset? This has never happened to us before and DC is 9. 6-22-2018 6:34pm
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            • I would not get upset. cant fathom in this context your child was left out. I would ask the other mom to look into it 6-22-2018 6:35pm
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          • That happened to us. 6-22-2018 6:34pm
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        • can the other mom do a little sleuthing for you? I once got a text from a mom asking if I received an invite. I did not. Didnt know anything about the party 6-22-2018 6:34pm
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          • No I do not know the mom very well and I'm not going to ask her. She was appalled we were not invited. 6-22-2018 6:35pm
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            • lets hope she is appalled enough to do something on your behalf 6-22-2018 6:35pm
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    • Are you sure it wasnít a mistake? 6-22-2018 6:32pm
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      • Doesn't appear to be 6-22-2018 6:33pm
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        • Get friend to ask 6-22-2018 6:34pm
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          • op: I don't want to. School is over and my DC doesn't know about it. So I guess I'm lucky. 6-22-2018 6:36pm
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            • dont be surprised if its a mistake op. and if its not a mistake, you dont want your child near these people 6-22-2018 6:39pm
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    • Is your child a behavior issue? Violent? Mean? 6-22-2018 6:33pm
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      • This post has been deleted. 6-22-2018 6:33pm
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      • np. its s special needs school. 6-22-2018 6:33pm
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        • This. You are on the SN board. 6-22-2018 6:34pm
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          • This post has been disliked 4 times. showSN kids can be violent, mean, etc. 6-22-2018 6:38pm
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            • STFU 6-22-2018 6:40pm
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            • So can nuerotypical kids moron...what's your point? 6-22-2018 6:46pm
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              • np - It's a reaosnable question -- when one kid is deliberately excluded (SN or otherwise) this is often why. But for OP, really, consider that people can screw up entering email...(more) 6-22-2018 8:50pm
                addresses into paperless post. Stuff happens. If there has been nothing bad between your ds and the other boy, I'd assume error rather than deliberate.
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    • If you have a class email list, please reach out to the mom. It is an oversight and if it wasnít, Iíd talk to mom to see how you can help your child with social skills....(more) 6-22-2018 6:42pm
      Socialization is part of the whole SN experience.
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    • I have held a grudge against a perfect,y nice woman for 7 years over this. My friends insisted she made a mistake and it was an oversight. Pls allow someone to ask her. It was...(more) 6-22-2018 6:43pm
      an oversight.
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  15. Special Needs Why is Gillen Brewer no longer funded? 6-22-2018 3:52pm (4 replies)
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    • Easier for them, more flexibility 6-22-2018 3:53pm
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    • Because NPS don't give enough funding to cover basic expenses so most NPS have to fundraise just to get by. NPS tuitions don't increase...(more) 6-22-2018 3:56pm
      But cost of
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      • Rises and incr asking staff salaries is not in the budget 6-22-2018 3:58pm
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    • the state hasn't raised the amount they give these schools for students - it is way under the amount it costs and they have no problem filling the school with people who sue the...(more) 6-22-2018 4:47pm
      city for the full cost of tuition reimbursement
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  16. Special Needs If a young child needs constant redirection in the classroom is the answer to get an aide? How can the child be helped--Child is and they don't have special education teachers...(more) 6-22-2018 12:18pm (4 replies)
    assigned after age 5 in most schools.
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    • *child is 6 6-22-2018 12:18pm
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      • He needs a shadow. That is an aide assigned specificlly to one child. 6-22-2018 12:22pm
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    • An aide, or a smaller class size. If it's constant you need to consider meds. 6-22-2018 12:31pm
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    • Depends; maybe the entire setting is wrong for the child. 6-22-2018 5:39pm
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  17. Special Needs My kid at a funded school just failed her first Regents. Didn't study, terrible test taker. How much will this screw up her transcript? 6-22-2018 12:14pm (14 replies)
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    • I'm sorry :( Do they have a Regents makeup period in January? 6-22-2018 12:18pm
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    • Can she do summer school and retake it during the summer? I failed the chemistry regents the first time by one point. Did summer school and then passed. I found it very boring and...(more) 6-22-2018 12:20pm
      never paid attention/studied and summer school was the consequence. Lesson learned.
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      • OP here. Thanks. I grew up in NYC, was a good student, passed the chem regents with a 65 and was so relieved, so I get it. She is a bright kid and did not study at all . had...(more) 6-22-2018 12:23pm
        tutors, etc...I am angry about that. Will look into summer school. Thanks.
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        • Ha! One little point makes all the difference. Was it the chemistry regents she failed too? Good luck to her 6-22-2018 12:25pm
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          • No. Earth Science. 6-22-2018 1:03pm
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            • Was the curriculum at her school aligned with the Regents test? I would get her help now because she will just forget earth science the more time goes on. 6-22-2018 6:09pm
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    • Can I ask how you got the grade? School is closed today. I'm pretty sure ds failed his Earth Science Regents as well. 6-22-2018 4:30pm
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      • NpóI saw my ddís on my student nyc. Com 6-22-2018 6:11pm
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    • There is more than one way to graduate with a regents diploma .. you may not need this test 6-22-2018 6:06pm
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      • How? 6-22-2018 6:09pm
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      • No there isnít. To get a Regents diploma you need to take and pass all of the Regent exams. It there might be a local diploma option which is different 6-22-2018 7:44pm
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        • No you need to pass 5 Regents exams, one of which is a science. You don't need to take or pass all sciences, all history, etc. 6-22-2018 8:16pm
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          • The living environment Regents is harder than Earth Science and so is chemistry 6-22-2018 9:02pm
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    • I was your dd. I didn't enjoy struggling and failing finals. Every report card was a disappointment for my mother. It still stings. How does dd do when she is learning in a...(more) 6-23-2018 12:43am
      context that she gets?
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  18. Special Needs This post has been deleted. 6-22-2018 11:07am (2 replies)
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    • Find a good education lawyer. 6-22-2018 11:08am
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    • Enough with these questions. You aren't going to get useful info in the responses. Talk to the SEPTAs. But the average is very different from what you personally will experience. 6-22-2018 11:09am
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  19. Special Needs Fyi there were 33 kids in the summit graduating class 2018 6-22-2018 10:50am (6 replies)
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    • This post has been deleted. 6-22-2018 10:51am
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    • why would we care? 6-22-2018 10:51am
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      • why the dislike? I don;t get the context of OP's post. 6-22-2018 10:54am
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        • so no answer. Allrighty then. 6-22-2018 10:57am
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        • there was a post below questioning the size of the graduating class .. it didn't seem like anyone was reading that far below so I added the info here that would be of interest to...(more) 6-22-2018 11:25am
          anyone looking at the Summit HS and their class sizes. That is all.
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      • I am sure you are an extremely aware, compassionate person, as you are on teh SN board. this is in response to another post on the SN board about Summit HS, which is not in...(more) 6-22-2018 11:08am
        Summit NJ.
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  20. Special Needs This evening I took my kids to a street party (this is in NYC) where there was live music....(more) 6-21-2018 9:11pm (3 replies)
    The street was blocked off to traffic and my kids were sitting on the curb watching the musicians. I realized that the building they were sitting in front of is a brownstone that's being gut renovated. I then realized their hands were filthy with dirt/dust/grime. And that my 4yo son had been putting his hands in his mouth. I moved them away asap and cleaned their hands. But I'm worried. It rained last night but could there be construction dust or lead dust that is toxic that my son has now been exposed to? I don't know what stage of the renovation this house is in. But it is sealed off somewhat with wooden fencing. Should I be worried???
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    • One exposure won't be harmful. The kids with lead paint poisoning have constant exposure 6-21-2018 9:12pm
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    • No 6-21-2018 9:12pm
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    • Relax. THis is not the sort of thing that should cause panic. 6-21-2018 9:25pm
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  21. Special Needs My 5 yr old just finished Kindergarten and twice weekly OT. For the first time, I saw his writing journal and it is really poor handwriting. What is age appropriate at this age?...(more) 6-21-2018 8:59pm (7 replies)
    How come it is so bad given heís receiving twice weekly OT in a group?
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  22. Special Needs Does anyone know if there are still spaces (for 9th grade) in any of the NPS High Schools (NYC area)?...(more) 6-21-2018 8:47pm (19 replies)
    Yes, we know we are starting this a bit late, but just got CBST deferral.
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    • What is NPS? 6-21-2018 8:48pm
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      • ^oh, sorry. Hadn't noticed the board stamp. 6-21-2018 8:48pm
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    • Youíll get an offer 6-21-2018 8:51pm
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      • hoping, thanks 6-22-2018 1:04am
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    • Congrats on the deferral! I'd make calls first thing tomorrow AM since...(more) 6-21-2018 9:44pm
      Many schools close for July. Good luck!!
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    • Depends on hot D.C. Classification. Most NPS cherry pick, it'll help us to know IDP classification 6-22-2018 5:18am
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      • Right now its OHI, but it has been SLP in the past....(more) 6-23-2018 8:13am
        Attention and slow processing are the big issues. Looking for a school with a college track.
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    • Churchill had very few in the Fall but just call and apply if they tell you to. 6-22-2018 6:28am
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      • When we attended, there were two spots open. Plans change for families. 6-22-2018 7:40am
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    • Isn't there a central database that will tell you that 6-22-2018 6:46am
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    • Just start calling all the appropriate schools. There are not that many and at this point itís just by chance. If you can go unfounded you would have a better shot. What are you...(more) 6-22-2018 11:10am
      Kids issues. If you donít know the schools Iím sure we can help direct you
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    • I thought when you get deferred to CBST they send you a list of school to go visit. Did you get this? We were supposedly deferred to CBST in November and that's the last I...(more) 6-22-2018 2:54pm
      heard.
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      • CBST applies to a list of schools on your behalf. You only visit the ones that think it is a fit and have spaces. 6-23-2018 8:23am
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        • You have to wait until the interested schools contact you directly. 6-23-2018 8:29am
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    • try Lowell 4 hr 51 min ago
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  23. Special Needs I'm trying to get a 504 and I emailed the school saying that we need to have a meeting to discuss my child's sensory and emotional issues. Should I have not used the word...(more) 6-21-2018 6:28pm (17 replies)
    emotional l issues? He has mild SPD and anxiety. I don't want to make him sound even worse off than he is. I'm new to this
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    • Movie kid? You will need medical documentation for the 504. Get all your paperwork in order and think about the accommodations you want to see for him. 6-21-2018 6:30pm
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      • Yes. I plan on doignt hat this summer. I just wonder if I'm making things worse for him by using words like "emotional issues" in emails 6-21-2018 6:31pm
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        • It is what it is. He has issues regulating his emotions. I would use specific description though. 6-21-2018 6:32pm
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          • Well, I just kind of wanted to put the issue on the table. I really need to have him seeing the OT and counselor and get a diagnosis 6-21-2018 6:33pm
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            • Just be as specific as possible. I've been seeing your posts, and you're doing a great job with advocating for your dc. Just be clear with what you (and his therapists) believe...(more) 6-21-2018 6:35pm
              is necessary to help him be successful.
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    • Go to wrightslaw.com they have sample emails and such. But really you should get a full evaluation. Donít pre suppose what the issues are. A 504 requires challenges with...(more) 6-21-2018 6:33pm
      activities fr daily life, such as learning, but there is a whole list
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      • I know he had SPD. It's obvious he has anxiety too. But, we need a diagnosis, yes 6-21-2018 6:34pm
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      • np: She definintely needs to get an evaluation before the 504 meeting or she's wasting her time. 6-21-2018 8:22pm
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        • My biggest concern is that she is convinced she knows for sure what he has and what he needs absent an evaluation. She may very well turn out to be right, but I think she needs to...(more) 6-21-2018 8:41pm
          WAIt and see
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          • I completely agree. 6-22-2018 6:39am
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    • I worried about this at one point when we were getting an IEP. I understand your worry but I think they generally minimize anywayóin an effort to save money/do less. No matter how...(more) 6-21-2018 7:05pm
      Dire you make it sound, they tend to make up their own mind and IME, they usually take a more positive look anyway. I would try to describe accurately but NP reports etc often sound a little worse and the school knows that
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    • I have to be honest with you, your insistence that he has SPD is going to annoy the school. They aren't going to give him accommodations for SPD. It's not viewed as a "real"...(more) 6-21-2018 8:22pm
      thing in school districts.
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      • Bigger issues is asking for a 504 absent medical documentation. Zero point in meeting to discuss without that. 6-21-2018 8:38pm
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        • Right. They will give her nothing. 6-22-2018 6:39am
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    • Your best bet is to have the schoo/district do an eval OR do your own...(more) 6-21-2018 9:46pm
      Privately so you present a report with a diagnosis and recommendations. Spend the summer getting things in order so you can start the year with a solid plan of what you want and documentation to back it up. Also helpful if your evaluator can be part of the 504 team meeting.
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      • She should get a private evlauation. 6-22-2018 6:40am
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  24. Special Needs DD currently has an anxiety diagnosis. I asked her teacher several months ago if he saw any signs of ADHD, and he said he didnít think so. On her final report card, he wrote that...(more) 6-21-2018 5:52pm (14 replies)
    she only seems to be looking at the teacher 20% of the time and listening 30% of the time. What do you make of this?
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    • he probably only thinks about hyperactivity when you ask about ADHD. A lot of inattentive types get missed. 6-21-2018 5:53pm
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    • could be ADHD. Anxiety is comorbid with ADHD. 6-21-2018 5:53pm
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      • I have a kid with GAD and inattentive ADHD. Hard to tell where one stops and the other starts 6-21-2018 5:55pm
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    • Teachers have absolutely zero clue about classic signs of inattentive adhd. Thatís why it took 4 years to get a dx for us. A good guidance counselor freshman year did, and told us...(more) 6-21-2018 5:55pm
      To tell her ped what weíd told him.
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      • Exactly what is there to dislike here? 6-21-2018 6:14pm
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    • Op: I have been trying to piece together whether she has a toe on the spectrum. Ds is autistic, and I know girls can be hard to diagnose, but she sees dsís psychologist, and he...(more) 6-21-2018 5:57pm
      keeps saying no. She has a bunch of behaviors that have been so confusing for me, but this comment from her teacher may really be the lightbulb for me.
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      • Can she concentrate intensely and for a very long time on something she enjoys? 6-21-2018 5:58pm
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        • Yes, absolutely, and her teacher remarked how her final project this year he was amazed how much differently she presented than she had all year. But she worked on it at home, in...(more) 6-21-2018 6:00pm
          hr own time, and she chose the project. And she just doesnít have meltdowns like ds. Heck her normal development was how I knew ds was autistic, yet I knew something wasnít quite right with her either.
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    • Doesn't mean child has adhd. A psychiatrist needs to dx adhd, not a teacher. Also adhd meds tend to make many more anxious....(more) 6-21-2018 6:00pm
      I could look you straight in the face and my mind would be racing somewhere else.
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    • You should have her evaluated. 6-21-2018 8:23pm
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    • Teachers canít tell you they think your kid has adhd. Have her evaluated properly. Teacher input is only one piece of the puzzle 6-21-2018 8:34pm
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    • I'd look into this further with a full evaluation for suspected learning...(more) 6-21-2018 9:50pm
      Disabilities. Private psychoed evals are expensive but can be useful in learning about your child and in getting services and supports from the school. Teachers tend to be more insightful with ADHD observations when filling out a questionnaire such as the one our evaluator asked them to complete, the Conners 3 questionnaire, which she then scored.
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  25. Special Needs Looking for tutor recommendations for 8yo dc with major challenges with writing/ spelling and to a lesser extent reading. Also has ADHD combined. I have heard of OG program -...(more) 6-21-2018 5:45pm (19 replies)
    where do I find a certified tutor? Current tutor wants to instill a ďlove of writingĒ which is great but the results-oriented person in me wants him to work on the basics (eg spelling is very weak). Too late to sign him up for Windward summer program. TIA.
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    • You can always call. I think there's also one in Norwalk, CT and a sleep away one at Eagle Hill in Hardwick, Mass too. 6-21-2018 5:47pm
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      • ^^ might be too young for these programs, but good to check out...good luck...(more) 6-21-2018 5:48pm
        • Call the Gaynor school. Lots of their teachers, who are well trained, tutor. ITA about formal system of basics/foundation vs "love of writing." 6-21-2018 5:50pm
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      • Hardwick is moving away from LDs. Southport has a summer program fine for an 8 year old. 6-21-2018 5:50pm
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        • Seems like they are seeking to address certain LDs....(more) 6-21-2018 5:54pm
          • They do say that. And my kid went through the entire application process to be told that they just got their IB certificate and would be focusing on that. I think that they have...(more) 6-21-2018 5:55pm
            strayed very far from their original mission.
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    • I have a great one! She is an SLP who works with kids who have any kind of expressive language issue. She is working with my dd on writing. Most of her clients go away in the...(more) 6-21-2018 5:49pm
      summer so she is super free. We see her in Darien or New Canaan. Want the information?
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      • Iím in NYC. Is she only in CT? 6-21-2018 5:52pm
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        • Yes. Sorry. There are so many LD programs in NYC. None for summer? 6-21-2018 5:52pm
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          • I was self deluding and signed him up for MS camp, too late to back out and now suffering major remorse. Hoping to make at least dent with tutor. Currrent one is from one of...(more) 6-21-2018 5:56pm
            those Manhattan sn schools but too loosy goosy with objectives (hired originally to help with homework).
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            • I am you. I made the same mistake with my ds but was able to get him out of the camps because he's now at a year round school so they considered it a medical issue and gave us...(more) 6-21-2018 5:57pm
              our money back. It's hard to have an SN kid. There's so much magical thinking. I would follow the advice to see if Churchill has recommendations for an OG tutor.
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              • Ok thank you! 6-21-2018 6:00pm
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        • NP: Try calling the Churchill School Center - I believe they recommend tutors or programs. 6-21-2018 5:54pm
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        • Is Greenwich just as easy as White Plains? Eagle Hill in Greenwich has a summer program. 6-21-2018 5:54pm
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          • Where are you coming from? Greenwich is north of White Plains, further but not too much further. 6-21-2018 6:01pm
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            • Live in Manhattan 6-21-2018 6:13pm
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              • There are good resources in Manhattan. I would not send a child up to Greenwich every day for this. 6-21-2018 11:06pm
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    • NYU has a summer camp. Can't remember the name, but I'll try to find the info later. Sticky. 6-21-2018 5:55pm
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    • Carla Herzog on the UES. OG tutor. 6-21-2018 6:06pm
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