Hi all...my sweet DS is 6 and in Kindergarten. He is dyslexic, ADHD, and when stressed displays alot of Asperger's symptoms & anxiety. We have a tutor working with him who specializes in right-brained kids, and it's helped tremendously with his reading & writing, and self-confidence. The tutor met with Michael's teacher, principal & special ed director to come up with a coordinated approach to help him in class...but it seems his teacher has misinterpreted the advice and flat out doesn't understand the way Michael's brain operates!
One of many examples: She sent home a note on his classwork saying "It took Michael 12 minutes to write this sentence. I am trying to allow him to do less work than his peers, but he needs to show more effort than this." (Since when are they being timed? And we never said he had to do so much less than his peers, only to be sensitive to the fact he gets stressed when he's nit-picked & can't focus as long!) Right behind it was another note saying he attempted to bite another student (probably because he was frustrated with school work and suffers from lack of impulse control), and stapled to it was a paper where she made him write "I will not bite" 5 times. WTF?! How long did it take him to write that?? And what is this, the 19th century, where she's gonna stand him up at the chalkboard with a dunce cap and expect his behavior to improve? Ugh!
So I set up a meeting with her tomorrow after school, and wondered if anyone has some good resources to help her understand how the brain of a dyslexic child works. I was hoping to find some research and/or informative articles I could give her, so that a) she will take it seriously and b) I don't blow a gasket trying to explain things that are so obvious and emotionally charged for me. Thanks so much!