SS has a Learning Disability but the school could give two SH**S!
They won't LISTEN TO ME!
I am at a loss. SS is in 6th grade and has always had trouble reading.
In the 4th grade he was diagnosed ADHD, we put him on meds, he had an amazing teacher, and he improved his reading by 3 entire grade levels in one year! By the time he moved onto 5th grade he was reading at 6th grade level.
In 5th grade he did ok. Not great, but not horrible. It was more of an organization issue than anything.
With the support of his doctor, we took him off his meds for 6th grade. We all agreed that he may actually do really well since his is not sitting in one place for too long or having to focus on one subject too long.
This year he was doing great until second quarter. Since then his reading has been horrible and it is effecting every aspect of school. He has poor grades in every class because he is now reading to learn, not learning to read!
We have had two meetings with the school already and a 3rd on Tuesday regarding what we are going to do. DH and I have done our part. Along with actually re-educating ourselves in every subject and basically gaining every bit of knowledge on the subjects he struggles in so that we are more effective "teachers", we put him back on his meds too.
However, we have seen little improvement. His grades continue to drop.
Our meeting on Tuesday is regarding some testing results, as I insisted he get retested in the area of reading and language arts. I already know what they are going to tell me.. they were reluctant to re-test in the first place (last time they tested was 3 years ago). I'm sure they are going to say he doesn't qualify for services. And I swear I'm going to cry!
He is dyslexic. We don't have a medical diagnosis, but the Center for Behavioral Health did some testing and determined he was ADHD (mostly ADD) and Dyslexic. But we live in Missouri and our state does not recognize Dyslexia as a learning disability that qualifies him for Special Ed services in Reading. No lie.
The problem is when they test him, they use a method that only requires him to read and comprehend a short passage. He is fine with that. He can read one paragraph all day long and understand enough to answer generalized questions about it. But give him a chapter, or a text book and he is lost. It's too much for him. Overwhelming... and the teachers don't get it.
We don't know what else to do to get the schools attention on this matter. He is failing because of this and the teachers just label him as lazy. They don't listen to us and they won't offer any additional reading help =(