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spd and homeschooling, another question....

Posted by on Nov. 17, 2013 at 11:43 AM
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Hey everyone,

So we homeschool, i.have four kids, two school age. My 7 year is who we all suspect has spd. We homeschool through a charter, so we are apart of the public school system. I jjsy had a conference.call with our educational specialist and someone on.a.department for psychological needs i believe. Pretty much they said at the moment they cant pay for an evaluation or services because he is not struggling academically. They suggested contacting our insurance company to get therapy (which they.believe he needs). Also. Last time i called regional center said the school district is responsible for evaluations etc. So pretty much it looks like its all on us. We do.have a follow up meeting in late feb, early march. I need suggestions. We dont all this money to pay for OT and any other therapy needed for him, and i want to nip.it in the butt now!

Another thing is they are going to help give ne tips on how to do schooling with him. One suggestion was to give him a quiet space to work. My educational specialist suggested a corner in his room. With four kids, and a very small space, how do I make the most.of our day? We do do a lot of schooling together as a familu, but certain things like math and reading can.be a challenge with a baby and 3 year old.

Also:
Moms.with children who have spd or autism, do they have sleep issues? Do you have any tips on helping them sleep.well?
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debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM

 I can not help with therapy's but when my 4 and 3 year old are to distracting my 6 and 7 year olds go to their room to work on reading and math. 

I also have been known to send the little ones to my room to watch tv, or out to the back yard.  They stay out of stuff for about 30 or 40 min. so I can help the older two. Then I get a craft for them.

We also are going to start trying busy bags.  I have never used them but they sound like fun.

jen2150
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2013 at 1:05 PM
Would you be able to apply for ssi once he is diagnosed. I believe therapy for kids is what it is meant for. Is it possible to read books to help you figuring out ways to help him?
romacox
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2013 at 1:25 PM
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TidewaterClan
by Kate on Nov. 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM
Would they provide therapy if he was evaluated with spd? My oldest daughter was diagnosed with severe OCD in August. The insurance usually allows only 4 therapy sessions a year but it's unlimited since it's biological.

Does you husband's insurance include any if that? The cost for the evaluation would have been about $110, but I'm wondering if there are any clinics you could call (if school would supply the ot afterwards) for a price reduction or payment plan.

My oldest daughter becomes extremely anxious sometimes and interrupts her sister. To avoid that the two of us get up early & roll through math & any other subjects that require 1 on 1.

I know you've got to be worn out though keeping up with everything.
Molimomma
by Member on Nov. 17, 2013 at 3:42 PM
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OT for SPD is the only "treatment" and every SPD kiddo is different. Your child will qualify for services IF the SPD is severe enough but not guaranteed. Also SPD is not recognized by all doctors/ schools as an actual diagnosis so don't count on for sure getting help. My son has mild SPD so we don't have OT or anything but I have read everything under the sun that I could find to help and many things I have implemented at home have helped so even if you don't get services you may still find ways to help your child. I invested in some noise canceling headphones for my son a few months ago and they were worth every penny of the $14 I paid for them. There are lots of things you can do at home to help him self regulate but it depends on what sort of issues he has and what kind of things he responds to. There is a sensory processing disorder support group on Facebook or you can google their website too that will be helpful if you haven't already explored them. And there's two great books by a mom of an SPD kiddo called The Out Of Sync Child and she has all kinds of advice/insight.

Precious333
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2013 at 5:41 PM
Yeah, i was doing that, sending my 3 yr old to my room to watch stuff, and feeling guilty, but i think if its only 30 mins its ok :)

His bedroom is actually not a real bedroom, its just a room connected to the living room, there is no door. So it can make it hard to have privacy


Quoting debramommyof4:

 I can not help with therapy's but when my 4 and 3 year old are to distracting my 6 and 7 year olds go to their room to work on reading and math. 


I also have been known to send the little ones to my room to watch tv, or out to the back yard.  They stay out of stuff for about 30 or 40 min. so I can help the older two. Then I get a craft for them.


We also are going to start trying busy bags.  I have never used them but they sound like fun.


Precious333
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2013 at 5:43 PM
Oh, yeah, i can see if i can. I have a few book recommendations as well.


Quoting jen2150:

Would you be able to apply for ssi once he is diagnosed. I believe therapy for kids is what it is meant for. Is it possible to read books to help you figuring out ways to help him?

Precious333
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2013 at 5:43 PM
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Precious333
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2013 at 5:45 PM
Thanks. I will have to check. This past month i realized if we do those first than our days goes much smoother.


Quoting TidewaterClan:

Would they provide therapy if he was evaluated with spd? My oldest daughter was diagnosed with severe OCD in August. The insurance usually allows only 4 therapy sessions a year but it's unlimited since it's biological.



Does you husband's insurance include any if that? The cost for the evaluation would have been about $110, but I'm wondering if there are any clinics you could call (if school would supply the ot afterwards) for a price reduction or payment plan.



My oldest daughter becomes extremely anxious sometimes and interrupts her sister. To avoid that the two of us get up early & roll through math & any other subjects that require 1 on 1.



I know you've got to be worn out though keeping up with everything.

Precious333
by Silver Member on Nov. 17, 2013 at 5:47 PM
Thank you!!! I need to get that book too, it was recommended to me before.


Quoting Molimomma:

OT for SPD is the only "treatment" and every SPD kiddo is different. Your child will qualify for services IF the SPD is severe enough but not guaranteed. Also SPD is not recognized by all doctors/ schools as an actual diagnosis so don't count on for sure getting help. My son has mild SPD so we don't have OT or anything but I have read everything under the sun that I could find to help and many things I have implemented at home have helped so even if you don't get services you may still find ways to help your child. I invested in some noise canceling headphones for my son a few months ago and they were worth every penny of the $14 I paid for them. There are lots of things you can do at home to help him self regulate but it depends on what sort of issues he has and what kind of things he responds to. There is a sensory processing disorder support group on Facebook or you can google their website too that will be helpful if you haven't already explored them. And there's two great books by a mom of an SPD kiddo called The Out Of Sync Child and she has all kinds of advice/insight.


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