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DS , 8.9 months, dyslexic, finishing year 3, am worried

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lulumama Wed 09-Jul-08 16:05:38

He had to write a list of things for me to get him for a sandwich experiment they are doing on friday



piter berend



otherwise known as

tuna, lettuce, pitta bread, cheese and chicken

have been worried for a bit, been assured he is doing well and getting all the help he needs and progressing nicely... he had a scribe for his sats and gets one to one and sessions with SENCO.

am i right to be worried? or is this 'good enough'?

should i try to squeeze in appointment with SENCO befroe they break up? he gets his school report on friday

lulumama Wed 09-Jul-08 16:06:05

8 years nine months obv, he is not G&T wink

DorrisMcWhirter Wed 09-Jul-08 16:09:19

It's not as terrible as I have seen (ex teacher of year 4). I can read it and he has used a lot of the correct letters.
But yes, go to see the SENCO and get her to tell you exactly what help he is being given and if he is having any outside help at all.
Is he on the School Action register?

claricebeansmum Wed 09-Jul-08 16:10:01

TBH I think this is fine. I have 2 dyslexics and I thought the list was fine -I knew what all those things were wink

Give him time - dyslexics take time. DD now at end of yr 5 and we are finally begining to see the hours of IN and practice come through. She would written tunna, letis, pitter braede, cheese, chickene. When in doubt she sticks an "e" on the end!

suzywong Wed 09-Jul-08 16:10:40

TOP name, Doris grin

DorrisMcWhirter Wed 09-Jul-08 16:11:43

Sorry, that was meant to say 'Go and see the Senco *if you are worried*. I didn't mean you should be worried! Especially if they are already aware of Ds's dyslexia.

DorrisMcWhirter Wed 09-Jul-08 16:12:46

Why thank you Suzy! grin I'm wearing a shiny suit and coiffing my luscious white locks as I speak!

suzywong Wed 09-Jul-08 16:14:20

well you will look a picture when adjudicating a record breaking attempt at representing the Taj Mahal in machsticks. You're a credit to Roy Castle, you really are

lulumama Wed 09-Jul-08 16:15:21

ah doris, you have cheered me up! <<pats doris's bouffant locks into place<<

thank you all..

i am not sure if i am expecting too much. I had a big meeting in January with ed psyc and SENCO and his teacher and got a list of all the help he gets.

i don;t want to go if i am being overly neurotic

his reading has improved, but his spelling and writing is still quite poor IMO.

he is enjoying writing more, and will sit and write a story independently, which he would not do last year.

lulumama Wed 09-Jul-08 16:15:58

clarice, DS does a lot of adding random 'E's to words !

OomphreyCushion Wed 09-Jul-08 16:17:58

Come and join my HE commune for dyslexic children, Lulu.
We will be all kinesthetic.
And drink wine. grin

DorrisMcWhirter Wed 09-Jul-08 16:20:38

Sound like all the right stuff is being done if Ed Psych is in place.
Reading will always improve first, writing is harder but will follow.
The fact he wants to write now is the majority of the battle.
I'd let it go and see how things are in Year 4. I daresay he will continue to improve.
My brother is dyslexic and, apart from the odd word, you can hardly tell now when looking at his written work. He has learnt lots of coping strategies and he hardly got a lot of support at school. Your DS will be even better!

<DMc swirls out of the room leaving a scent of lavender pomade hair treatment in her path>

Molecule Wed 09-Jul-08 16:31:13

The spelling looks very familiar to me, as my dd2 is dyslexic, and I wouldn't worry too much about it especially if his reading is improving. My dd's spelling is still really bad, and she's 11, but has just achieved level 4 in all her SATS (teacher rushed out of a lesson yesterday to tell me, she was so delighted), managing level 4 in literacy by dint of her reading now being really good, to offset the poor writing.

I don't know if I'm being defeatist saying that to a certain extent they/you will have to learn to cope with the spelling; it doesn't matter how many times dd learns a word, when she writes it independently it's back to the same old spellings (with many an e added to the end).

I get a couple of meetings a year with the SENCO etc and am having one next week, so I think it is worth making yourself known (in a nice way) as a concerned parent.

lulumama Wed 09-Jul-08 16:37:05

thank you all very , very much smile it is very reassuring, and i think i am probably expecting too much, it is good to hear that DS is 'normal' within the context of dyslexia. that makes me feel much better ! much appreciated

<<leaves thread to drink wine with humphrey !>>

Jodee Tue 15-Jul-08 10:53:21

Oooh, sorry to jump in on this thread, DS is almost the same age as yours, lulumama (8y3m) and I have requested a meeting with SENCO/class teacher after school today.

I feel I need clarification on exactly the help he is currently getting (DS on SA+), I know he has had extra help 4 mornings a week with phonics since Nov.

His IEP (April) set his targets to read and spell words containing letter strings 'str' 'scr'. I don't know if he has achieved this at all, he gets different spellings every week and I've not seen any containing those letter strings.

Have seen Paed. and her tests (Wechsler) last month had DS at age equiv. 6 for wording reading and 5 for pseudoword decoding (what is that??) .

I hope I am not being neurotic in going to see SENCO but I don't feel I get any feedback at all unless I request it.

maverick Tue 15-Jul-08 11:25:06

Jodee, and anyone else who is worried that their child may be dyslexic or is not progressing on the school intervention programme; do look at the following pages:


Jodee Tue 15-Jul-08 12:23:34

Thank you Maverick, will print that off (love your name, that was the name of a beloved Whippet!)

Any other thoughts before I leave at 2.30 pls?

lulumama Tue 15-Jul-08 12:25:42

oooh, you have reminded me to update this thread.

got DSs school report:

he got an A for his reading, in both teacher assessment, and SATS and effort , his progress has been 'phenomenal' !! so i feel much better . he got c for spelling though,but i was expecting that.

i feel more reassured and i am going to wait and see how he gets on the first part of yr 4 before i see SENCO again, his screenign tests also show an improvement. so all going in the right direction and i am being neurotic !

lulumama Tue 15-Jul-08 12:27:30

jodee, how you get sorted and get some thanks for those links maverick,

Jodee Tue 15-Jul-08 12:52:55

thank you, lulumama, well done to your DS!

christywhisty Sun 20-Jul-08 09:06:55

My DS got a lot of help in Yrs 4, 5. He had one to one with the TA doing a scheme called Wordwall, followed by Stareway to Spelling

In year 4 his teacher said she longed to give him a Level 4 for his writing because of the vocabulary etc but the spelling brought him down to a level 2.

He just scraped a 4c for writing in his Yr6 sats but a 5b for reading. He has just finished Year 7 and has been allowed to do most of his homework on PC, although he still makes a few spelling mistakes because he uses "correct words" ie are for our or howl for whole

He just had his end of Yr 7 exams and has progressed to a 5b for writing. His english teacher told him not to worry about his spelling and to concentrate on the style etc

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