Positive result

Hi, I posted on here when I was first concerned about my daughterand had some fabulous replies and encouragement. I have been lurking ever since. Yesterday we got a positive assessment for Sophie. She is dyslexic and I'm so glad and relieved that the search is over! I will never forget the sight of her teachers jaw hitting the floor when I told her! Can't wait to tell the SEN co ordinator who kept telling me to stop looking for answers! I'm trying not to be angry with them but the lack of knowledge is unbelievable. You would think we had just discovered some rare ground breaking disease!

And if anyone could give me an idea of what I can now expect the school to reasonably provide that would be great.

Sophie is 8.

Thank you

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  • I am so glad you now have an assessment. There should be lots of recommendations in the report and I suggest you ask school to prioritise with you those to tackle first.

  • Thank you. I have to say it was £350 very well spent, and i was put off for so long as the school told me it costs about a £1000 to get an assessment! but our assessor spent about 3 hours with us and will be compiling the report. I think for the level of expert knowledge that is involved that is the least we should pay!

  • That's great news for you and your daughter, now you have had your daughter assessed no school etc can deny your daughter the help and support she needs. We should not have to fight to get the help and support us dyslexics need that is so wrong. I was completely failed throughout the whole of my life and do not want any other young or old dyslexic to be treated badly.

    Good luck to you and your daughter x

  • I am happy for you!!! I struggled with the same problem!!!

    Everyone told me I was making my daughter sick!!!! I was just trying to find out the origin of her struggle to help out!

    Finally I did a PEAK test on her and three appointments with linguists, therapists and neuropsichologists... the test showed her left brain was almost turned off unless she was talking... (multichannel learning) and her right brain (creative brain) showed veryyy high performance. The conclusion was what I had suspected for 4 years... Dyslexia

    I finally ended up homeschooling her for 8 months! (she was 8 when we started)

    I designed a lot of material I am willing to share with you (very right brained oriented).

    She had capoeira lessons, slackline lessons, fonoaudiology and most important art lessons. She was involved in an animal activist group so she could develop teh dyslexic kindness and empathic side.

    I did all the math training with the sticks method (coloured cuisenaire sticks) and the bases method, graphic method. And she had physics lessons, biology and astronomy (rightbrained are very science oriented). She was also trained in bionics, abstract reasoning and other very 3D-practical like lessons.

    Her reading comprehension ... I trained it with very novel methods and a lot of help from a spanish web page called orientacionandujar.

    I had to do long research and guess what...???

    She is now reading faster... sure... there is a point when you get to that as a dyslexic...

    but that was not the important change... she is now in school...(a school for kids they kick out from all formal teaching schools...)

    she is horse riding (great for vestibular disorders related to dyslexia) having special reading guidance, she chose robotics as her elective lesson and is designing awesome robots!!! she received prizes for art and also was named representative for the school´s environment council!

    My comment is to cheer you up with the news cause all there is to do ends in magic!!!

    your daughter more than improving reading needs to find her dyslexic gift... wether it is for invetion writing, invention machine design, art, community help.... we all have one or even more than 4...

    Whatever you need just send a message!! I will send all teh material I have!

  • Hi Mummycaf. I've just read your post and I can totally feel that relief you must have experienced when you received the diagnosis. I wonder if you would mind sharing the wording your assessor used?

    The reason I ask is because we have just spent a great deal of money getting my 8 year old son assessed by an Ed Psych. She returned a written diagnosis as having features consistent with Non Verbal Learning Disorder with significant scatter between Verbal IQ and his very low visual perception skills. She recommended (among other things) specialist 1:1 dyslexia tuition. Subsequent optometry assessment states 'the scores and diagnoses are consistent with a dyslexic profile'. That sounds to me very much as though he is dyslexic yet school say he is not . . . School also disputes the need for specialist tuition. He attends an independent school with small classes etc yet this is the same school that failed to see the problem despite his hospital optometry visual tests recording results of less than 1%.

    Do I assume dyslexia? Do we need specialist tuition? Tutors are thin on the ground in South Somerset but I would happily pay if its necessary.

    Many thanks, Clare

  • Both of my boys are dyslexic and we have had a private tutor working with them for 2 and a half years, but agreed it is very difficult to find one. It has made a huge difference in their confidence but my younger son still struggles with his reading, what I found as a parent which is invaluable, is that they can help you with the school system, and give you strategies to support their learning, giving you the tools to push for the right support in the classroom. We have worked well with our school but this has taken time.

    One of the programs we have been recommended is Lexia core 5, this is like having our tutor every day, we work on it 3 times a week for 30 mins and you get helpful reports every two weeks and a team to support your child's learning.

    No matter what the issues, over learning is the best strategies.

    they will all find their way, if encouraged and always put big focus on their successes, some of the most entrepreneurial people in the world are dyslexic, they have an ability to think out of the box!!

    Enjoy your kids for what they are.

    They are stars.

  • Hi I've just found this site.One of my granddaughters is 6 now and she is dyslexic. The school have been very slow to help her,despite my daughter s repeatedly telling them she needs extra help.She is finally waiting for an appointment to get an assessment. Is there a sight where we can get more advice?.

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