Being the single mother of a twice-exceptional

Rissa - posted on 11/16/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My DS is 8 year sold, in third grade, and is a "twice exceptional", which means that his IQ is quite high, but he has VERY severe hyperactivity due to hypo-sensory problems and can be quite disruptive in his extra movement and self-stimulating behaviors. Has anyone else successfully navigated this?

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Does he have an official evaluation/diagnosis for his sensory issues? If so, you should be able to talk to the school and ask if they have an occupational therapist who can work with him as well as setting up a 504 plan, that would allow for some specific accommodations to help him fidget "productively" and in the least disruptive way possible. If he has not had an evaluation yet, that's where I would start, either by asking his pediatrician for a referral for an OT evaluation, or calling around yourself to see where you could get him one.

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Rissa - posted on 11/16/2013

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Mamato2: He has a few diagnoses, including ADHD Combined type. The sensory issues were unofficially diagnosed by the psychologist who said that we had to have an official diagnosis by an OT. I haven't managed this yet because of expense. I am saving up now for the full cost of the assessment (because we have't met my son's deductible). And the school is fighting me on the 504 plan, because "he's having no academic problems". Of course, because he is "highly gifted" in addition to his disabilities, he can handle the coursework without paying attention or trying. This won't always be the case. Problem is, he IS having problem accessing the educational environment due to his disruptive movements, outbursts, and so forth. We're VERY fortunate to have gotten a wonderful teacher this year. Thank you for responding.

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