Hi ~ I belong here and I haven't posted in this forum in a long time because we recently moved from Michigan to Ohio. My oldest, dd 15, is dyslexic and dysgraphic, she carries an IEP at her public school and transferring it from Michigan to her school here wasn't hard and they pretty much do the same accommodations. The ps here is much smaller and that helps some I think. She's also probably ADD but we never pushed for a dx on that. I've home schooled her and she's gone to ps. Now that she's in 10th grade, we're looking at the bigger picture....graduating her. She struggles even with the IEP, b's and c's. Sometimes she's failing a class but manages to always pass. She has low self esteem and thinks she's stupid and NO amount of any external positive input can convince her otherwise. We've always tried to hone her skills and let her shine in other ways and she DOES. She's freaking awesome!!! But, she knows she can't read even as well as her 11 year old brother so that pulls it all down for her. She has a lot of problems with executive functioning. She just can't get thoughts to words to paper. Very difficult.
Ds, 11....well I could write a book on him, he is ADHD and has always been "spectrum'y" we've sought an ASD dx a few times. He has a 504 plan at school for the adhd, he's a talker too and teachers generally love him, especially in science, his fave subject. It's been a LONG road with both kids and now I'm worried about my little one!!! (see my other post).
I would like to have more support here. Sometimes, I feel like I must be the only person on the planet to have two kids like this and nobody understands. I often feel like I live in a looney bin!!
For middle school. we've locked in a slot at a project based learning charter school that is 2 blocks away from our house. They have numerous LD children there and seem to be very on top of them. And I think project based learning is going to be a right fit for her. If we can just survive the rest of this year. I am so tempted just to say screw it, and keep her home the rest of the year. But I don't know if I can handle her 7 days a week, she is a very explosive child. Gah!
I just wanted to say hi and I've been there where you are. I've home schooled dd too who is severely dyslexic, she also got very depressed. She hates school still but has friends now. We're looking at the tech center for her next two years of high school, it's a great program for kids like her...she wants to be a vet tech and they have a pre vet tech program, plus she'll take her core classes (that we heard are a bit easier) the animal classes she'll take in a pole barn and be in a real barn with livestock the rest of the time!! I'm all for project/hands on for kids who learn differently!! So, I say, do it and don't look back. If I were you I would stick out the rest of the year and put her in the charter school in the fall. Anyway, your post just resonated with me so I wanted to give you a hug and say hang in there