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Just had ds school report and would appreciate your opinion

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harman · 11/07/2008 17:15

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claricebeansmum · 11/07/2008 17:15


I have a feeling....

cornsilk · 11/07/2008 17:17

Is he dyslexic/dyspraxic?

OhYouBadBadKitten · 11/07/2008 17:17

I think that if these are problems that are really happening in the class then the teacher should have made you aware of them already rather than landing the lot in the report.

How old is he?

Wolfgirl · 11/07/2008 17:17

Blimmin Nora, sounds way too authortarian for my liking - he's a child for goodness sake. How old? Doesnt really matter tbh, primary school should not be reporting in such a fashion.

Feck, this has made me quite cross.

claricebeansmum · 11/07/2008 17:18

you need an Ed Psych assessment.

Dys - something.

Good luck!

harman · 11/07/2008 17:20

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ShinyPinkShoes · 11/07/2008 17:21

It reads as though the teacher has not fully bonded with him, almost resenting his needs. Could just be the way the report is written but they haven't approcahed things from a very positive angle have they?

As for your DS well reading between the lines he sounds bored.

I am wondering if the teaching is stimulating enough for him.

DorrisMcWhirter · 11/07/2008 17:21

Agree with CBmum, Ed Pysch would be a good person to have on board.
I do hope you were made aware of these issues before this report though. For them to just have tumbled out in a report is either a) the teacher having a rotten time doing reports and overdoing it ridiculously or b) an issue that should have been brought to your attention some time ago.

Mutt · 11/07/2008 17:22

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OomphreyCushion · 11/07/2008 17:23

Yes, I would push for an assessment.

He sounds very similar to my DS1, who is both dyspraxic and dyslexic.

Have the school put anything in place to help him with these issues?

Gizmo · 11/07/2008 17:24

One thing I do know Harman - I can appreciate this stuff may not be what you want to hear, but in terms of detailed appreciation of your son and how he works it is streets ahead of the form-driven, Ofstedded-to-death, targets-based stuff that a lot of people are getting as reports this week.

Unless you're going to tell us they have got the wrong boy?

harman · 11/07/2008 17:24

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cornsilk · 11/07/2008 17:25

An ed psych told me that chn with short term memory difficulties (e.g dyslexic chn) learn to zone out in class because of the way they are taught. They cannot remember everything the teacher says and know it and therefore switch off. He also said that the children can't do a lot to fix that - no matter how much teacher's nag - but that teachers can present information in a variety of ways to avoid them losing concentration.

DorrisMcWhirter · 11/07/2008 17:26

I am a (now ex, but not for all that long!) year 3 / 4 teacher Harman. If you let me know what you think the problem is, I can let you know the routes I would have taken to address it if that helps? (I was also SENCO for a while!)

popsycal · 11/07/2008 17:28

teach year 5/6. teachers are careful about how they phrase things - but I suspect it all came from thee same teacher due to his age?
I would ask to see her before the holidays with a list of phrases which concern you and ask her to elaborate.

Maybe in september these things can be looked into further?

Have you had any concerns before now? has the
teacher approached you before?

If ds1 had these phrases I would ask to speak to his teacher first for elaboration and possibly to the senco

Can you give us some of the positive things she has said too?

harman · 11/07/2008 17:30

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Blandmum · 11/07/2008 17:32

I was thinking dyspraxia as I read this, but you will need to get him formally assesed.

Hard as it is to read this about your ds (I remember this feeling well) if you can get him the help he needs now it will make things so much better for him later on

harman · 11/07/2008 17:33

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Chocolateteapot · 11/07/2008 17:36

To be completely honest what you have written reinforces my previous view that there is a pretty good chance that your DS has dyspraxia - I remember your previous threads about him. I think if I was in your shoes I would be pushing for an assessment.

Chocolateteapot · 11/07/2008 17:40

And agree with MB, help makes a huge difference and also how hard it is to read that about him. My DD has just had her first day at Middle School where she will be going in September. It seemed unthinkable not that long ago that she would be able to cope, but due to the support she has had I am cautiously optimistic.

DorrisMcWhirter · 11/07/2008 17:41

So Ds is on School Action Plus by the sounds of it. Are they thinking of putting him on a statement?
I would definitely go to see the teacher and discuss the report. Push to have him seen by the Ed Psych. Get the teacher to tell you what her strategies in the classroom are too.
Quite frankly, I'm shocked the teacher, knowing the background of your DS, put things so strongly.

filthymindedvixen · 11/07/2008 17:43

he sounds v similar to my ds1. (dyslexic and with v poor handwriting) In fact, I had a judder of deja vu, reading those report excerpts

Blandmum · 11/07/2008 17:45

getting help has made a massive help to my ds. In a year, his reading is now at an age approriate level. He made around 2 years worth of progress in a year.

His handwriting is still dodgy, but that didn't stop him getting 94% in the history exam!

With help they can make progress and things do get better

DorrisMcWhirter · 11/07/2008 17:49

If it is dyspraxia / dyslexia then, as others have said, there is a lot of help that can make massive differences.
I had a child in my year4 class a few years ago who had this 'diagnosis' and he'd had help for a couple of years by the time he reached me. He was slightly behind his classmates in reading and writing but otherwise I could tell little difference. I was well aware of tactics to use to bring his attention back on line if needed and he scored well in his Year 6 sats.
Getting help is the start of everything getting easier for everyone.
Do speak to his teacher, don't leave it over summer as you will only worry.

harman · 11/07/2008 19:16

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