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Have you just wandering around your local library? I've found quite a few books in ours with some pictures mixed with more complex text. Greek mythology works well - the stories are reasonably complex. We also used our library to get our daughter out of her comfort zone (in terms of themes). If she was stuck on Hardy Boys for too long, we'd try ...


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Great question. This is not my area of expertise, but I contacted someone through my network that specializes in gifted and talented children and this is what she said: Some of my best friends are books by Halsted is a good book for the parents to have on their shelf. The parents can also go to shop.scholastic.com and look at books by reading level. I ...


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Bear in mind that some parents will never acknowledge their child has a disability or even a medical problem. It's possible you may be up against that type of parent. I have a friend whose son is 30 years old. The first time I saw a photo of him,as an adult, I blurted out "does he have some kind of syndrome?" I work with many people with disabilities and it ...


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It is always difficult when parents refuse to see what seems obvious to a teacher. I would suggest that you document specific examples of issues where the child is not meeting benchmarks for her age over time. Once you have a log of repeated examples, along with suggestions of activities the parents can engage in to help the child improve in those areas, I ...


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I asked a friend of mine who is a literacy education professor this same question. (My son just started kindergarten and tested in the middle of second grade for reading, and is moving up rapidly.) She offered this professional advice: Congratulations! What it amounts to is that your son already has strong skills for decoding text and has many strategies ...


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As a former teacher myself, I can understand and relate to your frustration, but you are not speaking as though you have put yourself as "in the parents shoes". In order to hear you and your concerns they need to understand you are on the same team with them in trying to figure out what is best for their child. You are more likely to get further faster ...


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I think it's just the parents being stubborn. Seeing as she is still in pre-school, they will probably keep putting it off until she is in kindergarten and the teacher says she is not keeping up when it comes time for conferences. As a teacher, you are not legally allowed to tell parents that their child has a learning disability because you have not had ...


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I read books that are possible borderlines WITH Alice. We read a lot together anyway, and since I would be there while reading with her, if she gets stuck, I'm there to help OR if the book starts to wander into territory that isn't appropriate I'm there to make a judgement call or at least answer questions if that is needed as well. If my daughter finds ...


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Unfortunately, there still isn't a lot of understanding ab out the causes of SPD. which is probably why you are getting conflicting information about it. Having only been defined in the (70's I think), not a lot of testing has happened (studies in behavior psychology just take longer. There are limitations to what this science can do - particularly when ...


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Does your daughter like to read poems? I was just as you describe your daughter when I was that age; my mother also had to search for challenging-yet-appropriate reading material for me. Her most inspired idea was to introduce me to poetry. Poems are relatively short and easy to scan or pre-read for content but the language is vivid and the vocabulary tends ...


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I agree with Erin's recommendations, however, I would also prepare a letter to send to the child's physician summarizing your concerns including appropriate documentation. Explain to the parents the value of having her physician assess her development and encourage them to personally deliver the information or sign a release for you send copies yourself. The ...



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