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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?

Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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 sonâ€™s clear regression and am feeling extremely guilty â€“ 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:

DATE PERCENTILE SCORE
MAR 96 79
APR 98 58
FEB 02 14
FEB 05 9

MATH:
DATE PERCENTILE SCORE
MAR 96 8
APR 98 63
FEB 02 30
FEB 05 6

DATE PERCENTILE SCORE
MAR 96 13
APR 98 47
FEB 02 34
FEB 05 18

WRITTEN LANGUAGE:
DATE PERCENTILE SCORE
MAR 96 21
APR 98 32
FEB 02 25
FEB 05 32

WISC SCORES ARE:
AREA INDEX/SCORE PERCENTILE
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, hereâ€™s the kicker and my reason for panic â€“ 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 â€“ 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.

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!

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.