So, I don't usually post over here. I usually only post in the SNP forum, because my two oldest children have special needs. That being said, my ds#2, who is in 6th grade, is gifted with a learning disability or I guess 2 E. My sister is a special ed teacher and when I read her his scores from his 3 yr evaluation, she got very business-like. She said I should look into getting him involved in some gifted programs within the school that would include all the things from his IEP. I'm a little leary of this because he is just getting his confidence up in school and I'm afraid to push him to hard and have him cave under the pressure. Yet, if he is gifted, maybe he needs a challenge.
The class that seems the hardest for him (ELA), due to his learning disability, could also be his best, because he tested so high in his verbal comprehension. The school psycologist said she has never tested a kid at this age that was so far advanced in this area. That being said, although he's got all this stuff going on in his head, he has a really hard time organizing his thoughts of paper, and although he's become very active participating in his other classes, he is quiet and withdrawn in ELA, even though he's got a 96 average.
He tends to withdraw if he feels things are too much for him, and that leades to anxiety and a lack of confidence. So I just don't know what to do as far as the gifted side of things. His IEP is amazing as far as dealing with his learning disability, it just doesn't seem to address the gifted side of things.
So, leave it where it's at or push it a little?