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We went to a talk given by the school district on dyslexia yesterday. The speakers were two VERY well regarded local experts and a psy from the district's Special Ed department.

We've been struggling with choices for next year. Her teachers would like her to repeat 2nd grade, yet everything I read says that repeating with dyslexia does not help. Since this is private, they don't have much training or awareness. They do, however, like my kid, and want to help, so it isn't unwillingness to do anything, they just don't know what to do. (I don't think learning issues are a strong point in the French education system.)

The question for us, that we've been going back and forth on, is do we pull her from French immersion, put her in public, and give up on bilingualism for her, in hopes of making it easier for her and giving her, perhaps, a less challenging time.

Anyhow, the first part of the talk was about dyslexia, and yet again, with 20/20 hindsight, all the signs were there, we just didn't know it. The comments her pre-K and K teachers made were spot on, but they didn't yet add up to a complete picture for us, not until she wasn't able to start learning to read in 1st.

The interesting part was the guy from the district. What was pretty clear to me, unless I misunderstood that part, is that we wouldn't get much support for her. She isn't that bad off. The psychologist who tested her implied as much, actually. The state has some interesting programs doing on, actually, which is good.

Anyhow, after the talk, we were able to chat with the two experts. They both, separately, said that if we were willing to put in the work, and she was, that two languages would be more work, but that it probably could be done. We are willing, and so is Linnea, so the gist of our question was will we just delay her a bit on catching up by having two languages, or eff things up some completely that she'd never catch up.

So I guess we sit tight for at least one more year, helping her. Memorisation is a majorly difficult thing for her, and that nasty French conjugaison is going to give both of us nightmares, but I think we can make it through that.

What was funny in a not funny way? Hearing a parent complain that the school district did so much for his kid with high functioning autism and nothing for his kid will dyslexia. I'm sure if you asked the parent of a kid with autism, they'd say the exact opposite. Sigh.

I really should create a dyslexia tag. I think I'll be needing it.
nwhiker: (Default)
We went to a talk given by the school district on dyslexia yesterday. The speakers were two VERY well regarded local experts and a psy from the district's Special Ed department.

We've been struggling with choices for next year. Her teachers would like her to repeat 2nd grade, yet everything I read says that repeating with dyslexia does not help. Since this is private, they don't have much training or awareness. They do, however, like my kid, and want to help, so it isn't unwillingness to do anything, they just don't know what to do. (I don't think learning issues are a strong point in the French education system.)

The question for us, that we've been going back and forth on, is do we pull her from French immersion, put her in public, and give up on bilingualism for her, in hopes of making it easier for her and giving her, perhaps, a less challenging time.

Anyhow, the first part of the talk was about dyslexia, and yet again, with 20/20 hindsight, all the signs were there, we just didn't know it. The comments her pre-K and K teachers made were spot on, but they didn't yet add up to a complete picture for us, not until she wasn't able to start learning to read in 1st.

The interesting part was the guy from the district. What was pretty clear to me, unless I misunderstood that part, is that we wouldn't get much support for her. She isn't that bad off. The psychologist who tested her implied as much, actually. The state has some interesting programs doing on, actually, which is good.

Anyhow, after the talk, we were able to chat with the two experts. They both, separately, said that if we were willing to put in the work, and she was, that two languages would be more work, but that it probably could be done. We are willing, and so is Linnea, so the gist of our question was will we just delay her a bit on catching up by having two languages, or eff things up some completely that she'd never catch up.

So I guess we sit tight for at least one more year, helping her. Memorisation is a majorly difficult thing for her, and that nasty French conjugaison is going to give both of us nightmares, but I think we can make it through that.

What was funny in a not funny way? Hearing a parent complain that the school district did so much for his kid with high functioning autism and nothing for his kid will dyslexia. I'm sure if you asked the parent of a kid with autism, they'd say the exact opposite. Sigh.

I really should create a dyslexia tag. I think I'll be needing it.

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