Friday, May 7, 2010

Help/Suggestions Appreciated

I need help and suggestions for my 6 year old son. Since he was 4, I've had suspicions that he may be struggling with dyslexia. (I know everyone says you can't diagnose dyslexia that young but there are many more symptoms besides the reading/writing aspects and it also runs in my husbands side of the family)

Coupled with my concerns of dyslexia, he has had some fairly difficult behavior problems that only seem to be present at school. At home, he is a good kid minus the frequent squabbles with his siblings.

I'm at such a loss because he can go weeks without having a bad day and all of a sudden they are back with a vengeance. He'll tell me it's so easy to be good at school and then all of a sudden he's telling me it's too hard and he can't do it.

Many, many people have suggested that his behaviors are because of my husbands deployment, but I'm going to have to say I don't agree. He is actually normally better behaved when my husband is gone than when he is home (which makes no sense to me). And these issues have been on-going for a couple years not just since my husband has left.

Does anyone else have a child who has similar characteristics? Or worked or known a child like this? Do you have any suggestions on what to try? Or what the root cause may be?

We've tried many different discipline techniques, behavior plans (which I found out yesterday that his teacher was NOT doing correctly), speaking with counselors and psychiatrists and administrators at the school, and even yesterday I requested for him to officially be evaluated by a special educator.

I'm at a loss. I don't know what else to do to get him the help that he obviously needs....


shan said...

Look into the Orton-Gillingham method for dyslexia tutoring. It's the method that I used years ago when I was tutoring dyslexic students and I had a lot of success with it. One of my students went from being a C/D student to making the honor roll!

The good thing about the O-G method is that you can do it yourself, at home. I really wish I'd held on to all of my training materials to give you, but I got rid of them. Boo for auntie Shannon. But yeah, give that a shot or at least ask the pros about it.

Renee said...

Take a look at Military One Source - they have so many resources on a variety of subjects. They also offer 24/7 counselling, 12 free counseling visits per subject with a counselor near you, and also offer IM Chat counseling by appointment. even if you feel your son may not need counseling; it may be a good idea to seek it for yourself to help you, help him.

I hope you find the answers, my friend!

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