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One happy, one so sad
Tue Sep 18, 2007 9:52am (XFF: unknown)

My DS is in second grade. Started out OK, but he got put into lower reading groups this year because he can't write well. He is reading Superfudge at home, but is bored with reading at school, and frustrated (crying) that he can't write. Seems they give more writing to try to bring up those skills, and it's just too hard. He can dictate answers just fine, but to write them is a mess and he's getting frowny faces. I feel so bad for him. They had told us he'd be in a group of good readers who were not up to snuff on writing - that's him. But now I think the other kids aren't so good readers, and that giving him more of what's too hard for him isn't the answer. He's with none of his friends and is very sad. I'm asking the school today for ideas to help him.

My DD on the other hand, bounds on and off the bus, so happy to finally be in school! She skipped to first grade so this is her first year. She is reading below her level, but is happy to at least be allowed to read. We will find out about math soon. She knows math concepts like multiplication and division in her head, but never got the worksheets to develop the skills of doing it over and over with all different numbers. I'm sure she's missing spots and advanced in others. Interested to see where she came out on testing.

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    • One happy, one so sad — shabby, Tue Sep 18 9:52am
      • Re: One happy, one so sadHanna, Tue Sep 18 3:45pm
        has your son received a diagnosis of dysgraphia?
        • Re: One happy, one so sadshabby, Tue Sep 18 8:02pm
          No, we are just now coming to the realization that it's not improving. Who do we look for to help? Psychologist? OT? pediatrician?
          • If it were meHanna, Tue Sep 18 8:23pm
            I would approach the school psychologist. She may be able to evaluate him or even recommend someone. Often schools have OTs on staff or itinerant. In the mean time, get him a fun typing program- my... more
            • Re: If it were meshabby, Wed Sep 19 8:03am
              Thanks! You answered my question before I even had a chance to ask. I will look for type to learn.
              • Glad to help! (nm)Hanna, Wed Sep 19 11:13am
                • Follow upshabby, Thu Sep 27 2:37pm
                  The teacher contacted the OT who hasn't responded. We do not have any diagnosis. Can the OT just see a child without a diagnosis or a referral from a special educator? The teacher didn't know the... more
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