Just received the EP's report. DS1 who has Aspergers is now classed as Severely Dyslexic. Relief that finally after 7 years of fighting schools and SENDIS we have a credible diagnosis, but I am soooooo sad for my beautiful boy when I think of how hard he struggles. He scored below average on word sounds, spelling and reading. Do you think that we should be looking at visual overlays to help him? What do I do now? I have told the school that I want a statement for him, as he has above average intelligence and I know that he needs TA support in class. He is SA+, but only gets a scant amount of access to TA support if he is in a class with a supported child, namely his twin sister.
Ah, there's a association, British Association of Behavioural Optometrists. I saw Keith Holland in Cheltenham, but I think there's a BABO website. www.babo.co.uk/ Other's have used Aston University for free, I think. Some LAs have them on NH. I saw KH on NH, I think, it was ages ago, way before my MN days.
Sorry sally, wasnt ignoring you, was travelling home from holiday.
They are mostly private but if you are anywhere near Aston University they have a visual sciences department who will do the testing. You still have to pay but it is cheaper and if you are on certain benefits it is quite cheap.
Thank you ladies! I will certainly check out Aston Uni Virtual Sciences! So my next question is.... What suggestions would you give to help DS with his organisation skills. He is a nightmare. Paper scrunched at the bottom of his bag, lost pens, list planner and calculator etc. also loses his locker key frequently, and his PE kit. Drives me mad, but what can you do. I feel like a nag. Have you got this, catering tomorrow you need your ingredients, where's your hw, have you done your hw? And so it goes on. Any tips that have been a success?
That's a good idea, labelling the books. I keep a copy of his timetable in the kitchen too, as the twins secondary school have a two week timetable. Very confusing. You also never get feedback on their work, so you don't know how they've done. I've emailed the teachers asking that they all write in his planner what his home work is. They use planner live, but that only works if the teacher has uploaded the hw!
Our ds has had an Aspergers diagnosis for 4 years and for the last 3 years of school I have been battling to say that the Aspergers doesn't account for his academic lag. Finally we have a dyslexia diagnosis (and are in the process of other assessments but that is by the by). Organisation is a complete nightmare. We have a chart by the door with MON, TUE etc down one column. Part of his homework routine is to fill in the what's on in the next column (only list things that are out of the ordinary). So for next week it looks like MON: blank TUE: gym WED: K coming to play THU: Maths homework due FRI blank. He then has a file with charts of what he needs for various things so for GYM the list says: Runners, PE shirt, Folded bag. There is also a chart with everyday stuff on, so Lunch, Hat, etc. He needs to pack these into his bag when he reads it if that makes sense. For pens and stationary he has a set at school and a set at home and gives teacher his pencil case at end of day to put on her desk so that he can find it next day. All school notices are emailed so no scrunched paper at bottom of bag. He also has a small laminated card on his desk which the TA writes up each day with his daily schedule, he is supposed to black line things as they happen so he knows what he needs to do. All great in theory, takes loads of adult input though!!!!. Ds is only 8 though.