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post #21 of 26

Depending on your state laws, you may or may not be able to get something added to his IEP about serviced for giftedness, and they may or may not actually be required to do anything to meet his needs in that area.  We have a line in ours that says DD should be given work that challenges her at her level, but it has yet to actually HAPPEN. 

post #22 of 26

A child can be gifted in one area of an IQ test (verbal or non-verbal).  It's also common for gifted kids to have average processing speeds.

 

I would highly recommend the Misdiagnosis/Dual Diagnosis book by Webb, here with preview!!
http://books.google.ca/books?id=NQrtt-peg5AC&printsec=frontcover&dq=misdiagnosis+gifted&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xkUiT4yKKILr0gH6yLHWCA&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=misdiagnosis%20gifted&f=false

 

Also, Bright Not Broken (very interesting read!):

http://books.google.ca/books?id=cRSfm2BeK4sC&printsec=frontcover&dq=bright+not+broken&hl=en&sa=X&ei=90UiT970OoPt0gGko-WwCA&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=bright%20not%20broken&f=false

 

If you like super details, The Mislabeled Child is also very good.

 

This diagnostic process stuff is pretty complicated and it's worth getting to know some of the lingo and about how gifted kids can present and be dually diagnosed.  We've been through the ringer trying to get diagnostic accuracy with DS and I've found that it can really depend on who's doing the diagnosing.

 

This is also interesting stuff:

http://www.sengifted.org/archives/1472

 

GL to you!

post #23 of 26


Here is a map for finding the "giftedness law" by state Gifted by State.

 

Twice Exceptional Gifted Children

 

Hoagies' Gifted: IEPs

 
Hoagies' Parent's Unofficial Guide to Gifted IEPs and Gifted IEP Meetings
 
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Originally Posted by Aufilia View Post

Depending on your state laws, you may or may not be able to get something added to his IEP about serviced for giftedness, and they may or may not actually be required to do anything to meet his needs in that area.  We have a line in ours that says DD should be given work that challenges her at her level, but it has yet to actually HAPPEN. 

 

When Teachers Won't Provide Accommodations in the IEP

 

Effective IEP goals need to be specific and measurable; if there is literally only a line about about this in her IEP that's probably where the problem starts.

 

Wrightslaw talks about IEP goal in their advocacy book and they also have a book specifically about writing IEPs.

 
post #24 of 26
Thread Starter 

 

You guys are just the best!!  I am slowly working through all the information that you guys are sending my way.  I am a bit overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I need to learn to navigate through all of this and really appreciate the help.  It feels great though to feel like progress is being made on finding out what is going on with him.  The IQ stuff answered thousands of questions for us, but caused a million new ones to pop up :)

 

 

post #25 of 26
Thread Starter 

After months of waiting, today was evaluation day for my son.  The diagnosis is Aspergers.  Not quite sure how I feel about it yet.  I am somewhat relieved to have my concerns about him validated.  I guess I am somewhat sad for him that this means life is going to be more challenging for him.  But, I have been somewhat expected that diagnosis, so it wasn't a total shock, yet it still was.  I still have that nagging feeling that maybe this wouldn't have happened if I hadn't let him learned everything there is to know about NASA and MADE him play with other kids instead.  And, part of me realizes he is the same little boy he was yesterday and he's just the best and I wouldn't want him any other way.

post #26 of 26
Thread Starter 

Ok, guys, hit me with some books that would be good for me to read to help me understand all of this.

 

Also, we took my son out of first grade toward the end of last year to homeschool him cause school wasn't going well and the (private) school was no help.  Would public school be a good idea to help him with his social skills?  Is homeschool is a good idea because I can really help him in the areas where he needs extra help academically?  Thoughts?  Currently, he really doesn't have any friends and that doesn't bother him, but it does bother me.
 

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