Originally Posted by Polliwog
Kindergartners are still very young and many kids just aren't ready to read.
Even if you don't do the private ones, you'd need most of the SD ones anyway. They really do serve different functions. I'm not a fan of most labels but the ADD diagnosis gets him the services that HE needs.
6 is young for dyslexia dx. Developmental directional confusion (left/right) is age appropriate (until about the end of 1st grade!). As is still working on letter/sound relationships if he is in K (which I imagine is why he is seeing a reading tutor at school). Not that it is saying he does not have a learning disability = BUT many kids from age 4 to 7/8ish have written letter reversals, directional confusion, trouble learning to read, disinterest in academics but wanting to play. Some kids still have not developed a hand dominance until the very end of K ( may also go with age and lefties often have a more delayed start to handwriting/reading). Many of them go on to do fine--- a small percentage do end up needing remedial help and/or it is found that they have a learning disability and may benefit from alternative teaching methods (orten gilliangham, Touch Math, etc). It would be hard for him to get supplemental services in K or 1st grade for learning difficulties if he is at, around, or just below grade level due to the wide developmental ranges that are normal for those ages.
As for ADD/ADHD, if you say he is not having behavioral concerns. I would give it a bit more time and see. Again, some kids do go on to need further treatment/support for ADD/ADHD, but a large majority of kiddos that may have trouble focusing, keeping still, and/or day-dream in K/1 outgrow it and/or it is a poor match of teaching style for that kid and the methods used to teach (example: if K has a lot of desk work...not developmentally appropriate for that age, but a lot of places are moving that way and wondering why kids have a hard time) K is so much 'more' that it was in former years and some kids dont fit the 'sit and learn' mold at age 5/6/7 and/or are ready for the academic pressure. Keep an eye on it for sure and if it seems to severely impact his social skills, attitude toward school and/or academic success look into it ASAP, otherwise I would suggest waiting and seeing if some of it is developmental in nature.
You could talk to your Dr. They often have a simple screener checklist that could help you decide if you want to further pursue evaluation. You can also ask the local schools. A medical dx and a medical dx that is functional at the schools are two different things though.
Although if you do have a dx from a Dr- you can get a 504 put in place for any accommodations you think will help your DS. If he is at a private school, you likely will get nothing since they are not required to assist kids with any special needs. Public Schools often offer IEP/resource room support to kids that have ADD/ADHD and it is impacting their academic success. If no academic are impacted (and even if they are in K- they are unlikely to see a big enough difference to have a child qualify for an IEP for ADD related academic support) then, often a 504 is used to help make some changes to help your DS be more successful.
I would not take advice from the taekwondo instructor unless he is also an educational psychologist and has done an evaluation on your DS.
As for labeling....my DDs both have had labels and they are 5.5. A label was a means to get therapy that they both needed (OT, PT, social skills). It has also made for dealing with some very supportive staff at the local preschool/ PreK and hopefully K (next fall) staff. It has never once been a negative in our experience- it has only been a positive in getting support in place for my DDs to be successful and gain skills they were otherwise struggling with.BUT, I am a Special Ed. teacher (before kids) and am very pro-support/services for kids that are struggling. It is frustrating to see some kids that could benefit from extra accommodations/support and unable to 'qualify' for it. In elementary school-- in my experience- it has been a plus to kids self-esteem and success to get help when they need it. I am sure there are different issues in higher grades, but really most of the kids I worked with were glad for the assistance and thrilled to find some academic and social success after having difficulties.
I would look into:
1. is the school teaching style a good fit?
2.is your DS happy there and learning?
3. are his academics on par with his other skills (emotional development, physical, etc)
4. does he have concerns about attention outside of school?
5. does more sleep/diet/exercise alleviate some focus concerns?
FWIW- to help him learn L/R directions. You can put a smiley on his left hand (or a L), a bracelet, a watch--- or some other identifier to help him learn and practice left and right.
Edited by KCMichigan - 3/12/11 at 11:58am