investigation if my 12 year old has a NVLD

Sandra - posted on 06/10/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )

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6th grade has been tough; he's a good kid. Completely unmotivated by school. haven't figured out his "currency" yet; he hasn't found his niche. Video games is his thing. not interested in athletics. This school year has been tough and the teachers are tough on him. I go between "am I pushing him too hard" to "am I not pushing him enough"

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Jodi - posted on 06/11/2016

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Maybe it is intentional? You'd be surprised how many students choose not to work in class deliberately because they know there will be little immediate consequence at home. Also, if his IQ is a little lower than average and he is behind with his literacy and numeracy at all, this is more likely to cause him to be unmotivated and not participate in class. Being behind does not necessarily mean a learning disability. Have you talked to the teachers about what you could be doing at home with him to help support his learning in class?

Sandra - posted on 06/11/2016

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He's uncoordinated. Struggles with math. Has distinct yet limited interests. Does need frequent concrete repetitive direction. Psych testing didn't find learning disabilities. Low average IQ. Waiting for Neuropsych testing. I'm struggling thinking I'm too hard on him. Teachers are aggravated because they c his apathy/ disinterest is being intentional.

Sarah - posted on 06/10/2016

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What does he do that represent NVLD, these kids are usually identified by 12. Not saying it isn't the case, but even if he does have a non-verbal learning disability doesn't mean you can't take the video games away. It works magic on my son.

Sandra - posted on 06/10/2016

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Hmmm you're right it is the video games. I may not have explained it well but he has some text book signs of NVLD

Jodi - posted on 06/10/2016

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I'm a bit confused. What part of any of this makes you think he has a NVLD?

You haven't figured out his currency....yet in the next breath talk about video games being his thing......that's the currency.

To be honest, I'm not quite sure what you are asking.

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