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Forum: Special Needs Parenting   12-27-2014, 12:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 75
Posted By Aufilia
Whew, mama, that's a lot. I think what you need...

Whew, mama, that's a lot. I think what you need to do is step back for a few minutes, look at what you just told us, and realize that it's AMAZING that your DD not only has a diagnosis, but is...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   12-26-2014, 12:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 89
Posted By Aufilia
Trinity, I'm so sorry. You sound like you need a...

Trinity, I'm so sorry. You sound like you need a break so badly. ((Hug)) I remember how nuts my DD used to drive me when DS was a baby, she was just Soooo impulsive and Soooo loud and she could never...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   12-24-2014, 12:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 87
Posted By Aufilia
Has your school considered doing the Iowa...

Has your school considered doing the Iowa Acceleration Scales? They're considered pretty fair and reliable as a way of deciding on a grade skip. Here's a summary of what the IAS does:...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   12-18-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 115
Posted By Aufilia
DD8-almost-9 self-reported today that she took...

DD8-almost-9 self-reported today that she took the math STAR test and scored somewhere in the 6th grade, which is about a grade level higher than I'd've guessed. This is after the morning meeting...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   12-18-2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 69
Posted By Aufilia
Well, sure, she could totally be gifted. :) Kids...

Well, sure, she could totally be gifted. :) Kids come into Kindergarten with a wide range of abilities, but being 2 levels up in both reading and math is definitely above the norm, especially if, as...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-07-2014, 11:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By Aufilia
Yes, my first question was the same. Does he have...

Yes, my first question was the same. Does he have a therapist? If not, I would find one asap who can get to know him and you and help you work through this.

Also, is he taking medications? I...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   10-07-2014, 11:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 408
Posted By Aufilia
You should contact your school district...

You should contact your school district administration to request the evaluation. The service you're looking for is usually listed as "Child Find" in your district directory. You'll need to submit a...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   10-01-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 289
Posted By Aufilia
I don't have any personal experience, but last...

I don't have any personal experience, but last week I picked up a copy of The Mislabeled Child to read about CAPD, and there's a chapter in there about dyslexia in gifted children. I just skimmed it...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   10-01-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 469
Posted By Aufilia
GATE = Gifted and Talented Education. You may...

GATE = Gifted and Talented Education. You may also see the abbreviation TAG (Talented and Gifted) or HiCap (Highly Capable).



What services/resources do you want from a GATE program? As a...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   09-30-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 432
Posted By Aufilia
I agree with some of the previous advice. ...

I agree with some of the previous advice. Request an evaluation through the school ASAP. It will help her get the services she needs, but also protect her in some ways because having it on file...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-26-2014, 04:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 908
Posted By Aufilia
I'm NOT disagreeing with Tigerle, who knows a...

I'm NOT disagreeing with Tigerle, who knows a lot, but when we had a test that had a huge discrepancy in verbal/non-verbal, it correlated with testing fatigue and a poor tester. That discrepancy on a...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-26-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 469
Posted By Aufilia
I've never heard of them either. The way...

I've never heard of them either.

The way districts qualify students for gifted program varies vastly from district to district. But it's more likely that your district will care about the results...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-25-2014, 12:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 505
Posted By Aufilia
Tritto. I would absolutely not send my child to a...

Tritto. I would absolutely not send my child to a preschool that emphasized worksheets and gave homework. That's not developmentally appropriate, and of course he doesn't want to do it. At his age,...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-23-2014, 11:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 717
Posted By Aufilia
I don't know how it works in Canada, but I don't...

I don't know how it works in Canada, but I don't see why you'd need an IEP to request accommodations appropriate to his demonstrated ability/achievement. Here, an IEP legally requires that certain...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-18-2014, 11:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 423
Posted By Aufilia
Oh, I just scrolled up and saw what you said...

Oh, I just scrolled up and saw what you said about schools. Check out both programs and be sure to ask the gifted school what their experience and services for 2E kids are like. One sad thing about...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-18-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 423
Posted By Aufilia
Oh, first of all, take some deep breaths!! 5 is...

Oh, first of all, take some deep breaths!! 5 is young. In many cases high functioning autism isn't diagnosed until later. My DD wasn't diagnosed with HFA until age 8. Your DS is not doomed. He is...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-17-2014, 02:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 974
Posted By Aufilia
I'm late, but another vote for harnessing your...

I'm late, but another vote for harnessing your patience. The first few weeks of school in kindergarten are really about establishing procedures and learning how to behave and participate at school....
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-17-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 908
Posted By Aufilia
I don't have a good overall view of how easy it...

I don't have a good overall view of how easy it is to accurately test a 2E kid, but I will share my anecdote. DD was IQ tested at almost 5 and again around age 8.

At age 5, she had little to no...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-13-2014, 12:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,205
Posted By Aufilia
Do you censor their library selections at all? ...

Do you censor their library selections at all?
Yes. There are topics that are simply age inappropriate, and there are plenty of other books in the world to read instead. In addition, I steer DD away...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-26-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 499
Posted By Aufilia
The University of Washington in Seattle also as...

The University of Washington in Seattle also as an early entrance program, for kids under 15. They have 1 year in "transition school" and then early entrance to the University. But it's not...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-26-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 11
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Views: 1,119
Posted By Aufilia
I think there's maybe some confusion here based...

I think there's maybe some confusion here based on some information lacking from the OP, which we have all interpretted in different ways. I see some posters recommending OT for the "writing" issue,...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-13-2014, 10:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 661
Posted By Aufilia
Wow, Miranda, I'm so impressed with your son. You...

Wow, Miranda, I'm so impressed with your son. You must be incredibly proud of him!
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-13-2014, 10:16 PM
Replies: 11
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Views: 1,119
Posted By Aufilia
Yes; and even with test scores in hand we've had...

Yes; and even with test scores in hand we've had so little luck that we're moving next year. But our district is on the "very inflexible" side, and I do have hope for the new one.

Who have...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-27-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 789
Posted By Aufilia
I wouldn't wait for the teacher to mention...

I wouldn't wait for the teacher to mention it--not at this point. You'll need to be proactive and talk to the school about his boredom and need for more difficult work. You might start by asking the...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-22-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 434
Posted By Aufilia
I know this isn't helpful, but I agree that I...

I know this isn't helpful, but I agree that I wouldn't let a 2-year-old use a tablet, certainly not for an hour.  We did not allow TV until either child was 2.5, or computers/tablets until over the...
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