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Anonymous
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Posted:Mar 22, 2002 4:17:32 PM

can 'written' also be email if I've cc'd myself and have a sent date stamped on it?

Bonita

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Anonymous
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Posted:Mar 22, 2002 4:51:02 PM

Email is admissable in court but cc it to someone, anyone else in the school district.This way it tends to get responded to as long as they know someone else recieved a copy.

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Anonymous
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Posted:Mar 24, 2002 10:48:42 AM

It is so hard to tell parents that their child is mentally retarded that I can understand them not telling you the truth. It is sad that they want to move her to another location - don't they have an MR program in your school? It sounds like she is mildly MR and could probably be integrated with the general population in some classes. I have been in too many meeting where people don't want to say what is the truth for fear of upsetting the parents. If you want another evaluation, it sounds like you have grounds to have your district foot the bill for an independent evaluation and then reconvene for an additional staffing. Don't agree to anything (sign) until you are comfortable with the situation. Also, you didn't mention your childs age, how old is she?

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Anonymous
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Posted:Mar 24, 2002 11:44:13 AM

My daughter is 10 years old

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EC1
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Posted:Mar 28, 2007 8:03:44 AM

As a teacher I can FULLY understand the parents frustration, sometimes we as teachers forget that parents are the foremost resource for their children. I teach EMD students and it is not easy, there are varying degrees of EMD. Some of them can be fully functional in certain areas and others may need that one on one attention.

However I must stress to you that you shouldn't give up- continue to work with your daughter, an IEP meeting is not meant for laying the blame. It is meant to identify and place the child in a setting to give them the help that they need.

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momof4dyslexicchildren
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Posted:Apr 03, 2007 12:18:14 AM

Hello,
Just a little bit of encouragement for you.... My second daughter was in fifth grade when we had testing done at the public school in town. I was told that her IQ was probably about 70 and that I should homeschool her most likely all her school years. I remember that heartsick feeling of "they must be wrong". Needless to say my daughter is in eighth grade now. Newly back to school after a five year homeschooling. She is taking algebra, high school spanish, and adv. science and doing well. Sometimes they are not always right. Keep your chin up and persevere no matter what.
Michelle

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magic07
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Posted:Apr 17, 2007 10:18:00 PM

I honestly feel for you. I hope things will get better soon.

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Kathryn
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Posted:Apr 18, 2007 12:38:33 AM

I am so fearful that this will happen to us. My daughter is 8 yrs old and in second grade. When I mentioned to the pediatrician that I feared the school would tell me she is retarded he stopped me dead in my tracks and said "And they wont". I wonder if it's because he says she is not retarded or if it's because he thinks the school cannot do that. Not sure.

Anyway, my daughter has a language disorder and I fear that she will have a lot of trouble with the testing due to her inability to understand language/follow directions. She is nearing the end of second grade and reading at nearly the end of 1st grade level. Math is coming along, although slowly. I am debating the triennial testing next year for fear that they will diagnose her with mental retardation. I think I just lack knowledge of the symptoms of being mentally retarded.

She has great visual memory, by the way and from what I understand, to diagnose someone with mental retardation, they have to be low on all areas of testing.

Thanks in advance for any input,
Kathryn

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brea mob
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Posted:Apr 18, 2007 11:08:14 AM

Just a quick note from one mom to another. Don't give up. When I had my son tested in 4th grade the school psychologist and RSP teacher said that he was most likely ADD based on his response to their prompts. I argued that they had him in a new room with computers, an aquarium and a mural that interested him more than the writing prompts and that his attention to those things was normal. I was concerned about his reading and spelling abilities and asked about dyslexia which they dismssed. When I took him to private office for testing I was told that the school psychologist had mis-scored his IQ test 15 points low! They also said that most of his problems were probably due to teaching that did not meet his learning style. So mistakes do happen. Please pursue outside testing, legal support and alternate teaching methods. Wishing you and your family all the best.

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