Parenting a Child with LD or ADHD


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Posted Nov 05, 2008 at 12:17:10 PM
Subject: Dyscalculia

I think my 9th grade daughter has a problem with math. She also has mixed up words (order of letters) but has always managed to cope with this. We never had her tested as she has always tested high on all tests (MCAS etc) and is in the honors program. NOW, she is completely falling apart and is just not "getting" math or science. Is it too late to have her evaluated? Where do I turn to first? I'm in Saugus MA and we do not have a really supportive town vs school dept. I can't afford to have her privately tested (no insurance)

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Posted:Nov 05, 2008 3:01:33 PM

She may not have an LD but just struggle with concepts. You can have her tested by the school but if she consistantly tests high, it could be difficult getting her help. You might also try private tutoring such as Sylvan or other private tutoring. They often do testing to determine where soneone needs help.

scifinut mom to: ms 16, bp/adhd/anxiety/complex ld mr. 20, add/dyslexic I hear and I forget I see and I remember I do and I understand. -Anonymous

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Posted:Nov 06, 2008 5:20:56 AM

Hi Julie,
It's definitely not too late to have her evaluated.
I run a Forum for Dyscalculia, which you might like to visit.
Her mixing up of the order of letters, suggests that she may have visual-spatial difficulties?
Which is a major factor in Dyscalculia. This effects the ability remember and recall the sequential processes involved high school maths. Where equations and formulas need to be recalled and applied.

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Posted:Nov 06, 2008 9:16:39 AM

I agree with pp's advice. Not all learning disabilities are picked up when they are little. Sometimes, it shows up when the work gets harder in middle school or high school.

I also agree the school might not cooperate. Kids actually need to fail classes first, then get the evaluation done. Maybe private tutoring will help or other learning assessments by learning centers can be done if the school will not do an evaluation on her. Let us know what happens.


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Posted:Nov 17, 2008 8:16:25 AM

Hi Julie,

I'm from the UK where dyscalculia is only just beginning to get the attention it deserves. One of the experts on the subject in London is Jane Emerson: You can view a good introduction to dyscalculia by here at a site on learning difficulties: http://www.dystalk.com

You can see her talk here: http://www.dystalk.com/talks/32-an-introduction-to-dyscalculia

I certainly found it a useful starting point for understanding the condition.

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