My almost 9yo DD's main issue is her reading fluency terrible and we have not been able to find out why. She is currently reading at less than 30 words per minute, very haltingly and with many long pauses. She was screened for "processing" last year through school, and it showed that she did have some vision processing disorders. At that point she was still able to function at grade level (2nd grade) though our concerns were rising.
We kind of jumped the gun and put her in 3 months of vision therapy, in office and at home. It did not help, the eye doctor said that her eye tracking is all over the place, worse than a child at kindy level. We've had her in many different styles of tutoring and this year it has become very clear that she is lagging VERY far behind her classmates in reading fluency. Her comprehension is ok, she just can't keep her eyes tracking through a passage. Besides reading she's at grade level and makes B's and some C's, though works very hard to do so.
We had her go through a full assessment with the school psychologist who said she had working memory issues, short term memory issues, processing and automacity issues, it was very vague and the psychologist was not great to work with. We also filled out a number of surveys for ADHD that were sent to DDs physician. The school is very slow moving, we have to go through 2 terms of 8 week interventions that we are just near the end of and there has been no positive change, her fluency has actually gotten worse.
DDs physician has said she is likely ADHD-Inattentive, and the inability to repress an eye movement reflex may be due to that. Unfortunately medication seems to be the best course of action if that is the case. We were referred to an independent psychologist who is scheduling another full assessment including dyslexia, for next week.
I'm so eager for answers, it has been a really stressful year trying to navigate the 504 plans and school policy and advocate for my DD where it seems the school is not being very helpful. Very frustrating to think of all that we have been through for so little progress. To add to the pressure, Florida, where we live has this horrible FCAT testing that is high stakes, if the kid fails that test, she fails the grade. This is on/about April 16.
I and the school administration have a meeting on/about April 10th to discuss whether they think an IEP is in order, if my DD may be eligible for ESE. At this point, nobody knows WHY her tracking is so bad, any attempts to help her with different curriculum has not helped, and the school has no idea what interventions or accommodations may be appropriate. We have just kind of been throwing things together and hoping something sticks. I don't know what an IEP would even consist of at this point. All of my hopes are with this one last psychologist.
Does anyone have any advice about meeting with schools about IEP for ADHD/Dyslexia issues? Has anyone been through these psych evaluations before that can let me know if there's anything I should be asking? I'm feeling overwhelmed.