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Forum: Site Help   11-16-2014, 07:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 469
Posted By chiefmir
I don't even celebrate Christmas, and I've really...

I don't even celebrate Christmas, and I've really enjoyed participating in Holiday Helper. I think that its a great opportunity to be able to give something specific to an actual person and to know...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-13-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 158
Posted By chiefmir
It's been quite a while, but I did my 2nd year...

It's been quite a while, but I did my 2nd year practicum placement at the learning disabilities support center at a private college in 2004 when I was in grad school. These are some of the supports...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   10-31-2014, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 974
Posted By chiefmir
You are so lucky that there is a program for your...

You are so lucky that there is a program for your DD! We're getting a little worried that there won't be enough for our DD here. Not much is being done in her school, though I do understand the...
Forum: Talk Amongst Ourselves   10-17-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 530
Posted By chiefmir
I pay a neighborhood mom $10 per day (for an hour...

I pay a neighborhood mom $10 per day (for an hour each day) for my 9 year old dd to go to her house 3 days a week. I would NEVER, ever expect to have that for free. In exchange, however, I expect...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   10-06-2014, 06:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 974
Posted By chiefmir
This is my daughter also this year. She is 5.5...

This is my daughter also this year. She is 5.5 and just started kindergarten also. I highly suspect she is gifted (I test children for a living, so this is an "educated guess") not due to academic...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-06-2014, 05:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 329
Posted By chiefmir
It sounds to me like he might need a potty...

It sounds to me like he might need a potty schedule that takes the decision about when to go out of his hands for a while. Would that work? Something that has some natural/logical consequences like...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-16-2014, 02:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 907
Posted By chiefmir
I obviously don't know your DS or history, but I...

I obviously don't know your DS or history, but I can speak from my experience only... first, it does sound like (unless there is more to the evaluation? like extensive records review?) the evaluation...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   08-22-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 680
Posted By chiefmir
In the meantime, while they are figuring how to...

In the meantime, while they are figuring how to get the FBA done and work out the behavior plan in place... they need to identify a place (or two) that he can run TO. Obviously, your DS is showing...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-15-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By chiefmir
What I would probably do in your place, without...

What I would probably do in your place, without any academic or behavioral or social/emotional concerns in play (I'm assuming?) is to look for ways in school and out of school to program academically...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-14-2014, 03:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By chiefmir
Sorry I don't have a lot of time to write back...

Sorry I don't have a lot of time to write back right now... but without knowing the rest of the scores (if any other tests etc. were given) the possibility is that the verbal area can be an area of...
Forum: Pregnancy After Birth Loss   08-11-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 429
Posted By chiefmir
I'm so sorry for your loss. I don't know if your...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I don't know if your story is different, but I had my second daughter (a second c-section) and was given the go-ahead to start TTC right away by my ob at my 6 week check...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   08-04-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,272
Posted By chiefmir
I'm a neuropsychologist, and there is a TON of...

I'm a neuropsychologist, and there is a TON of overlap in symptom presentation with ADHD, ASD (especially high functioning), social anxiety (and probably other things that I am not thinking of right...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-22-2014, 06:20 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 487
Posted By chiefmir
8 year old seems traumatized from sleep over camp...

My oldest DD is almost 9 years old... for almost 1.5 years, she has been super excited about the idea of going to sleep away camp for a week. In fact, she joined Girl Scouts this year in order to be...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-22-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 477
Posted By chiefmir
My oldest DD was a bedwetter until she was just...

My oldest DD was a bedwetter until she was just over 8 years old (as was I and my dad, so there is def a genetic component). She wore pull ups (or the big kid version, good nites, I think) until she...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-16-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 596
Posted By chiefmir
I don't have a child in this situation, but...

I don't have a child in this situation, but during grad school, I did a year of internship at an approved private school that had about half of the kids living there as residents. The students had a...
Forum: Frugality & Finances   05-27-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,006
Posted By chiefmir
I've been to some fun birthday parties at parks....

I've been to some fun birthday parties at parks.  Is there a playground there?  One party I'm thinking of had time as guests were arriving to play on the playground (which could be when you do the...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   04-10-2014, 01:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 306
Posted By chiefmir
The NEPSY-II isn't just for executive...

The NEPSY-II isn't just for executive functions... it has tests of attention/executive functions, language, visual spatial skills, motor skills, visual motor skills, memory (verba/visual/more...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   02-08-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 218
Posted By chiefmir
I can't speak to what your specific school means...

I can't speak to what your specific school means regarding a psych evaluation, but I can tell you about my own experiences doing them.  I worked in a school for 10 years (doctorate level...
Forum: Child & Teen Health   02-03-2014, 06:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By chiefmir
My 8.5 year old is in the same boat.  Some days...

My 8.5 year old is in the same boat.  Some days she tells me that her nipples hurt, some days she forgets about them, sometimes she only notices one.  She definitely has breast buds (felt by my DH...
Forum: Blended and Step Family Parenting   01-14-2014, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 367
Posted By chiefmir
I just have to say that Vocal Minority gave an...

I just have to say that Vocal Minority gave an unbelievably amazing response!  I agree with 1000% of everything she said.
 
I absolutely wouldn't let a foot-in-mouth moment destroy what sounds...
Forum: Preteens and Teens   01-04-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 637
Posted By chiefmir
This is just a post in hopes that some moms who...

This is just a post in hopes that some moms who have BTDT will have some words of wisdom or commiseration!
 
My oldest DD, who is just shy of 8.5 years old, apparently is starting puberty. We know...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-28-2013, 08:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,309
Posted By chiefmir
Going into regular school age with an NLD...

Going into regular school age with an NLD diagnosis can be tricky because it is not considered a SPECIFIC learning disability and therefore may not fall into one of the classifications that the...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   11-14-2013, 07:50 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,958
Posted By chiefmir
I'm so glad you found a place that can do the...

I'm so glad you found a place that can do the testing (FWIW, that is a super price for a full neuropsych).  To clarify (this is my field, professionally), all the neuropsychologists I know who work...
Forum: Personal Growth   10-17-2013, 06:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By chiefmir
I would go a step farther, and thank your mom...

I would go a step farther, and thank your mom for always showing such thoughtfulness and always thinking of you (in HER MIND she is and I, personally, believe it would be hurtful not to at least...
Forum: Gentle Discipline   10-03-2013, 06:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 571
Posted By chiefmir
I generally don't like them because I think they...

I generally don't like them because I think they are overused and end up rewarding kids for behaviors (kindness, reading, respecting the teacher) that should be expected and which should have...
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