So how many of us mamas have to deal with the "highly trained" special ed team knowing less than WE do about how to teach our children? And why are they so resistant to taking suggestions, as if it's not their job to help educate these children with different learning abilities?! UGH!!
My DS1 is in 2nd grade, has been on an IEP since last year for ADHD and speech/OT, and at my request, his IEP is being re-evaluated next week. His regular teacher, SPED teacher and the school social worker all but flat-out told me to put him on meds. I told them our family doesn't react well to pharmaceuticals, and I was not about to try that first. Instead, I am starting him on supplements to remedy his symptoms and bring him back into balance naturally.
I took DS to our pediatrician, and he told me "I certainly don't want MY kid on that medication - so I completely respect your position if you don't want YOUR kid on meds. Even though he has many ADHD symptoms, I don't think he really needs them. It will take a while to notice any improvement with the supplements, but it certainly can't hurt to try."
So now, I need to figure out a way to get the SPED team to change the ineffective techniques they are using, after telling them I won't drug him into a zombie-like state so that he HAS to pay attention to their ineffective techniques. Whatever they are doing, is not working with his reading disability...whether or not it's truly dyslexia is irrelevant at this point. I have told them he is incapable of sounding things out phonetically, can't perceive words correctly when they're written in black & white, so color works best, preferably writing words out with a different color for each syllable. He does great with a visual, sight-word approach, and if you "give" him the word before he can imprint it wrong, he'll remember it.
Instead, they give him black & white cookie-cutter worksheets, have him draw a "scoop" line under each word and try to sound it out if he doesn't know the word...he tells me it just makes him focus on the "wave" line and the words go "blurry", and sounding things out phonetically confuses him. Then he gets distracted because he can't focus on something he can't perceive correctly or understand, and he gets in trouble for not focusing. I don't understand why they can't figure out that their methods are NOT working for him!!
Anyone have some advice on what to tell them? Does this sound like dyslexia, or if not, what else could it be?