My grandson, whom I homeschooled for first grade last year, is now in public school and has been tested and diagnosed as LD in math only. We were very surprised, because he is a bright, articulate young boy. Does anyone have any experience with this? Is it possible to have LD in one area and not in others? This is our first experience. We have a meeting with his teacher this Friday and I want to be sure to do the right thing. Any advice? I don't want him regulated to lower expectations forever.
: My grandson, whom I homeschooled for first grade last year, is now in
: public school and has been tested and diagnosed as LD in math
: only. We were very surprised, because he is a bright, articulate
: young boy. Does anyone have any experience with this? Is it
: possible to have LD in one area and not in others? This is our
: first experience. We have a meeting with his teacher this Friday
: and I want to be sure to do the right thing. Any advice? I don't
: want him regulated to lower expectations forever.Bright and articulate indicates high verbal skills; math requires logical and spatial skills, which are at least somewhat separate.That is actually the main definition of LD, as opposed to slow learner; a student with LD has a few areas of skill where his/her performance is not up to the level expected from general intelligence and ability.Absolutely, do not let a bright and capable kid be tracked into the slow group. American *regular* math programs fall two years behind the world standard by high school; who knows where the slow group is?Your grandson needs specific tutoring in the skills he has missed. A good tutor who really knows math can pick up on what is needed and get him on track fairly readily at the Grade 2 level; the longer he is allowed to fall behind, the worse the situation will get, especially in math which is cumulative.If you are very very lucky, you may get such a tutor through the school. If not, sometimes community organizations and churches offer good assistance (I have recently heard of help available through the Masons and the Scottish Rite churches, just for two examples.) If you can't find someone who really knows what they are doing this way, you may have to go to a paid tutor. Local papers can help you find someone, or you can try internet/mail/phone resources; I have recently found two, ISER online and IDA (international Dyslexia Association)which has local addresses and phones online and then local offices apparently refer to tutors.You can also tutor him yourself -- since you did a year of homeschooling, you certainly know what it's all about. The Teaching Math board on this website has lots of people willing to help.Anyway, don't give up, and keep pushing. Email me personally if you have any specific questions.