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Regression! What do I do now?

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Posted Nov 18, 2006 at 10:01:22 PM
Subject: Regression! What do I do now?

I’ve just composed this long post, and thank you in advance for reading it. I am desperate for help.

I attended a Wrightslaw Conference last weekend, and am desperately seeking advice on what do now with what I’ve learned. As part of the homework between day one and day two of the conference, I created a PowerPoint of the percentiles of his past 4 Woodcock-Johnson scores in Broad Knowledge, Math, Reading, and Written Language. By putting the test scores into these terms (percentiles), and visualizing it on a chart, I now clearly see my son’s clear regression and am feeling extremely guilty – but also motivated. You see, I did see the numbers slipping in 2002, and when I asked about that at a team meeting then, I was told that was "normal" and "expected" for someone with learning disabilities. So now I feel so badly that I didn't do enough to pursue my instinct.

A bit of background - I have a daughter who is a successful sophomore away at at private college, who has Asperger Syndrome. I fought so much to get what she needed, and am also feeling guilty that I didn't do enough for Joshua when I was fighting battles for Rebecca. I know what to do when a school is out of compliance, but don't know what to do in Joshua's case.

The scores Woodcock-Johnson scores are as follows:

MAR 96 79
APR 98 58
FEB 02 14
FEB 05 9

MAR 96 8
APR 98 63
FEB 02 30
FEB 05 6

MAR 96 13
APR 98 47
FEB 02 34
FEB 05 18

MAR 96 21
APR 98 32
FEB 02 25
FEB 05 32

Verbal Comprehension 121 92
Perceptual Reasoning 133 92
Working Memory 83 13
Processing Speed 83 13

These WISC scores are from Jan 05 - very disparate from what the Woodcock-Johnson says his achievement.

Now, here’s the kicker and my reason for panic – I feel that there is no time for remediation. Joshua is now a senior in high school (Baltimore County, MD). He is on track to graduate with a diploma (assuming he can pass this year – he will be failing at least 3 classes 1st quarter). I cannot afford private tutoring (nor can I afford a lawyer). He does intend to go on to college, but knows that due to his performance he will likely attend community college for a year or two before transferring to a university. We are looking closely at universities with supplemental disability services programs (fee-based which include weekly counseling, help with organizational issues, etc.) which may give him a level of support that will help him to be successful, that he might be able to start next year.

The school system has clearly failed him. What can I do to get him help at this point?

Thank you for any advice you can give.

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Posted:Nov 27, 2006 10:56:22 PM

Hi. I can't tell you much, except to try to obtain an educational advocate for your son. They are expensive, but here are a couple of places in Maryland that provide advocacy for free:

http://www.ppmd.org/ (The Parent's Place of Maryland)

http://www.abilitiesnetwork.org/Index.htm (The Abilities Network)

I've used the Abilities Network with my son before, and it's an excellent organization.

Good luck!

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Posted:Dec 04, 2006 8:44:05 PM

One interposing data one should look at SS (standard scores) percentile as well as age and grade norms have so many variables.

In SS and number is given 1-100 a 100 is average. But 68.28% of student will have a score between 85-115 this 1 standard divination. 95% of all SS will fall 70-130 2 standard deviation. If one score outside this score you child is a definite minority.

If you have a SS of 90 you would have a percentile less then 50 but you still have

Special ed in more ways then one.

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