Child is dyslexic and not making progress in public school

Jessica - posted on 09/20/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is in third grade but is at a pre-school level! I've been told "he's making progress" what can I do? I asked principle and she told me they are doing everything they can and there's nothing more the school can do for him!

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Rebekah - posted on 09/21/2013

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Its great you are being so proactive, getting him a tutor and investigating methods you can use too.
Yeah, it seems strange that you wouldn't have known his level until lately? Aren't there yearly meetings for the IEP and some kind of end of the year report? If you have another IEP meeting coming soon (and maybe you should try to schedule one anyway, given your concerns), bring all your questions to them and see how they respond.
Another possible resource might be the school psychologist who evaluated him. Perhaps he/she has more recommendations you could use. And again, you could always have him re-evaluated privately (by a certified school psychologist) if you want another opinion. That can be costly, but you might get something more thorough than what you get through the school. Not to disregard your school or any in general.
Is there some kind of national organization for dyslexia that might give you additional ideas? Or the National Center for Learning Disabilities...etc... hope you get some direction soon!

Jessica - posted on 09/20/2013

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Thanks for input and yes on IEP since kindergarten! I'm paying special ed teacher to tutor him once a wk! He got tutored all summer by her also. We work with him at home and I have ordered materials online to help teach him to read myself! I also have been researching for dyslexic materials to better understand how to help him! I also think it's time to move on and try different approach I'm just confused how it got this bad and why didn't they tell me! Where do I go from here I guess is next question?

Rebekah - posted on 09/20/2013

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I assume he has an IEP? I would want to know specifically what kind of progress he is making, if he is still at a preschool level. When was the last time he was evaluated? If its been at least 2 years, it may be worthwhile to have him evaluated again to be sure they have identified exactly what is going on. Hypothetically if something was missed in a prior evaluation, or now that he is older, it is more clear to determine what the issue is, then maybe their interventions would change. Just a thought.
I know public schools can be strapped for funds for special ed, but advocate as much as you can for him. Is he getting additional instruction (1:1 or small group?) outside the mainstreamed classroom? Does your school have a reading specialist who is experienced in working with reading disabilities?
If it seems like the school has nothing else to offer, if it were me, I might look elsewhere to see what other interventions I could find... like private tutoring with someone who specializes in this area... plus learn some tips that I could use with my child at home while doing homework to reinforce what the teacher is doing.
Just thinking "out loud" here... hope it helps somewhat. Good luck...

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