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O.K....I'm going to take another go at this.    I think, Contact Maya, that you are spinning your wheels a bit.  Yes, school professionals are going to have you doubting yourself.  Yes, it is possible that there is a component of attention and focus in his presentation that they see because they are more objective.  BUT, you already know that which is why you're doubting yourself.  The problem here is that the school needs to make appropriate acommodations for optimal...
Expat-mama, did you make changes in his diet at the end of the summer?  I seem to remember a thread about that?
Around 3/4 is when I introduced the Magic Tree House series to my son who liked to be alone an hour or so every day after school, and still likes that time to unwind and recharge.  Each story is a little over an hour in length, they are historic, fanciful and sweet....nothing too scary and very age appropriate for Kindergarten 1st graders.  But, for someone like my son, he needed the complexity of the story to keep his mind interested and engaged.  Great...
Oh dear....Contactmaya, take a deep breath.  NO ONE can force you to give your child medication.  Your child's teacher cannot diagnose adhd and many "learning issues" can mimic signs of problem attention.   My son was in the 1st grade when I was told by his reading specialist that he didn't look like he had "learning problems" but attention problems.  My son was in the 2nd grade when his teacher told me that I should "bring him to his pediatrician and get a script for...
Yes, it is possible to have a delay specific to fine motor processing and organization.  Google "dysgraphia" and you will be able to read a great deal about it.  The school OT,  is obligated to offer handwriting support (like handwriting without tears....it's wonderful!) and methods to strengthen her hand muscles.  Support can be using practice, hand muscle exercises, special pencil grips etc.  In the older grades, keyboarding on a laptop for taking notes and writing...
You can always culture coconut milk yourself to make yogurt or kefir....I've never tried it but there are recipes online and you can decide what cultures are used to make it like those from a good probiotic (like the Jarrow brand).  And, the probiotic is really good for you too!
Baltmom and fizgig, just a warning to be careful with coconut yogurt.  The brands i've found are usually cultured with strep, noted on the labels as s. thermophilis.  If you child tics or is prone to strep going out of balance in the gut it can be difficult to tolerate in the yogurt.  Sometimes we do fine with it here in my house, but, there were a number of years when I couldn't buy it.  Thankfully, my son's gut is much healthier these days so we are back to eating it...
You mean he can't swallow it or is he gagging, or feeling like it makes his stomach upset?  If he is having a hard time swallowing it because it makes him gag, then you can try to put it in chocolate sauce....  You can find a sauce with no diary or soy at whole foods.....Does it make his stomach upset?  If so you can experiment with ways to help his stomach settle afterward.  It may be better to take it on a full stomach to prevent upset.   I think it would help if I had...
Hi Baltmom!  At a certain point, I had talks with my children, about what a body needs to be strong....and that the "green stuff" as well call it in our house, was what helped them get enough good nutrients to grow and think well.  (green stuff is a mix of apple sauce, vitamin contents opened from capsules and "perfect food" which is predigested greens and sprouts in a powder form).  When they were really small I would call it "body strong medicine" and tell them,...
Oh, and after his Irlen lenses he began to read prolifically after finding reading very very HARD to learn due to his visual distortions.  He is now an AVID reader.    Hope that this helps.
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