AM I WRONG FOR WANTING TO GET MY DAUGHTER TESTED FOR SPECIAL ED?

Dawn - posted on 08/26/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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MY DAUGHTER IS 9YRS.OLD AND SOME HOW MANAGE TO BE A STRAIGHT A STUDENT BUT WHEN SHE GETS HOME SHE DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING.I MEAN SHE DON'T UNDERSTAND SCHOOL WORK EVEN IF YOU EXPLAIN IT TO HER OVER AND OVER AGAIN...YESTERDAY IT TOOK HER 5 AND 1/2 HOUR TO ANSWER 24 QUESTIONS IN HER SCIENCE BOOK AND NEEDLESS TO SAY I GAVE HER MAJORITY OF THE ANSWERS AND SHE STILL DIDN'T COMPLETE THE WORK.I HAVE PUT HER IN MANY MANY TUTORING PROGRAMS SHE ALSO GETS LOTS OF HELP AT HOME BUT I FEEL LIKE SHE REALLY DOESN'T GET IT.WHAT DO YOU THINK MY NEXT STEP SHOULD BE?

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If she is struggling at home then she is more than likely struggling at school, most schools now a days like to just pass children to the next grade (no child left behind they say)



Get your child tested, that way you will know where she is and where you need work on.



Now on the other hand she could just find the work too easy, I know many kids that refuse to do work if its just too easy and therefore boring. You could always find a printout page off the internet (there are many for each grade that are standard for each grade level) sit her down with it and let her have a go at another grade level (find three pages, one below her grade level, one for her grade, and the last one grade above) You may have to do it for each subject, but its practically the same stuff they will test her on. Watch how she tries each page, does she look bored? stressed?



We start homework off by how hard it is, the harder stuff first to get it out of the way and the easy stuff at the end so they feel like they have accomplished more. they even have their own homework supplies.



First they do homework then they get to have fun till supper time, one child needs to have someone over head while they work while another will easily work on their own.

Kortnie - posted on 08/26/2009

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I would do whatever you think is going to help your daughter the most. If you get her tested and they think that she does need special ed, then you have done the best thing for her. If you do nothing and she really does need the help she will continue to learn nothing. You won't know until you ask, and it never hurts to ask if you think she needs the help. The worst thing they could say is "yes, she needs help." But in reality, it will be the best thing because she will get the help she needs.

Enjoli - posted on 08/26/2009

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I wouldn't go as far as saying she needs to be tested for special ed. But maybe you should consider having her tested to figure what her learning style is. Everyone learns different, if she is receiving straight A's or decent grades, then I would say that when she gets home, she is just being lazy. And maybe she has a short attention span. have you talked with her tecaher? Ask her teacher what kind of things you can do at to keep her focused. So that she can produce the same kind of work at home, that she does at school. During the week, my 6year old is only allowed 3-5 hours of television a week. Cutting down on her television is a big help, because that is a major distraction. Make sure she is comfortable, give her snack before she starts her homework. Allow her to have a few minutes of wind down time before beginning any homework. I wouldn't suggest any longer than 30minutes. But I don't think she needs any special education. : )

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