Jennifer - posted on 11/11/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )
My son is 8 and in the second grade. He was diagnosed in September as being autistic and having ADHD. We moved recently from Hawaii to Kansas where they do only mainstreaming with the exception of a few schools. He is doing really well with the mainstreaming but all of the sudden he can't seem to get his spelling tests together. In Hawaii he has always had perfect scores or missed one or two. Here it seems to be a struggle to get one or two right. They take him out to do the test so I know that the environment part hasn't really changed that much and I study with him the exact same way I did in Hawaii. I don't know what to do.
We are concerned that he is dyslexic because he has been doing things like reading a word starting with the last letter and writing letters and numbers backwards more. Could this have something to do with the sudden downturn in his spelling scores?
I put a call in to the special education coordinator at the school and am waiting to hear back from her but I am so frustrated and at a loss for what to do. I feel like I'm doing something horribly wrong and have no idea how to fix it.