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Maybe this should be posted in special needs parenting but I will try here. Ds, is 6, has had speech and language issues - but those have corrected through some programming. He has had ot for fine motor...still working on it. At his old school the teacher had indicated she thought there might be a processing issue. We left it until he started school this year, I talked to this teacher about it and she said at that time nothing stood out. She pulled me aside tonight at pick-up and said that today was not a good day for him. His printing has gone downhill, she said she noticed that it's been happening for about 2 weeks. Also, that he seem confused/lost. Getting things completely wrong - ie a math problem done totally differently. She said that he was presented as a student who needs additional assistance at a special ed. team meeting (I wasn't aware of this which took me a little a back). Anyhow, I do want to work with the school. I think there may be a learning issue...but in order to find this out does he need to be identified - and an assessment done? Should I go to an outside organization ie. kumon for help. Just a little lost as to what to do.<br>
thanks for any input and if I haven't been clear on details I can clarify....
 

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I'm so sorry you are going through this. I don't have any experience with anything like this but when you mentioned that he is losing skills he previously had and seems confused, etc. I would maybe consider having him evaluated by a neurologist to rule out any neurological causes for his recent behaviors.<br><br>
I wish you all the best and I hope you can get some answers and help for your son.
 

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It sounds like he needs an assessment to figure out what the issue is. These can either be done through the school or privately. If you have good insurance, you *might* get more information going privately. Your family doctor would be the place to start -- he or she can refer you.<br><br>
Getting an assessment through the school is the other option. Then there is no expense to you. In some places there is a longer wait for one kind of assessment than the other, so you might want to check out both. Just going through the school is easier because the teacher can get the ball rolling.<br><br>
I wouldn't do something like Kumon until you figure out what the issue is.<br><br>
Good luck!!! I hope he has a better day tomorrow!
 

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If he's losing skills, I'd definitely go for a medical evaluation ASAP. If he's not gaining skills at the expected rate, that would be different.<br><br>
Also, I would not do Kumon if it turns out he needs extra help. They are very focused on drills and will make a child repeat the same exercises over and over until they get them 100% correct.
 

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Is your son is 1st grade? If so, this is really about the time that they're in the midst of new material, new skills, increased demands in terms of attention, memory, etc. I would take a deep breath and not panic. He may be looking like he's going "downhill" for a variety of reasons, and that's just not clear to you yet. If this were my child, I would call the pedi and have a medical exam to rule anything out. I would have vision and hearing checked-someone will probably recomend an optomotrist specializing in vision therapy, but I don't have experience in that area to do so myself. Then I would go ahead and ask for an eval through your school, at least as a starting point.<br><br>
An eval will simply give you information, done through observation, perhaps testing, and teacher input on classroom perfomance. It's done through the lens of school functioning, at least in my experience. This will help determine the type and frequency of intervention he needs and qualifies for. There may be a lable, but I wouldn't honestly get worked up about it. It's a vehicle to services, and kids change quite rapidly, so it may be pbsolte in a year, or not.<br><br>
If you feel you need something more comprehensive, an outside neuro-psych eval could help, especially if the concerns about why your ds is struggling aren't well addressed.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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I tend to lean more towards the proactive end of these situations, but I would start with his pedi or family doctor, and definitely get any evaluations available to you. It's all about gaining information. Once you have all the info, you can decide what the best course of action is.<br><br>
I'm sorry your son is going through this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I also hope he has a better day tomorrow.
 

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For something that's been going on for 2 weeks, I would be thinking ear infection, growth spurt type issues before getting into major testing and evaluations.
 

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Did he just get a vaccination, per chance?<br><br>
A friend's son got one vaccination, after years of none, and all of the things you mentioned really back slid for him.
 

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You mention speech issues and fine motor along w/ the sequencing. My kindergartener has dyspraxia. At her first conference, the teacher was very surprised at how different her at home work, handwriting, etc is because what she does at school is much sloppier, rushed, etc. It sounds like an eval could be a helpful thing. My dd didn't qualify for an IEP, but we have done outside OT this fall and I work a lot with her at home to find what cues help her attend to tasks or remember things she does know. What sometimes appears like an auditory processing or slowness seems from what I've read to be part of the dyspraxia and subtle apraxia that she has.
 

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For something with a sudden onset like this, I would have a medical exam done first (and ASAP) to rule out neurological issue. Yes, I would get an MRI or whatever done, too. I don't like things like that at all, but something happening this way...I'd get everything medical ruled out quickly then start things in a team effort with the school.<br><br>
Jenn
 
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