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KSloane
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My 10th grade son is poster-child for twice exceptional. Loves music/violin, but failing academics in LAUSD school. Any educational suggestions?

My tenth grade son, [name removed by JustAsk moderator], attends an LAUSD school on the west side of Los Angeles. LAUSD has never seemed to be able to follow his IEP and teachers think he is lazy. He has resources, and we provide private tutoring, but it doesn't help. [name removed by JustAsk moderator] aspires to be a veterinarian. [name removed by JustAsk moderator] loves music, specifically violin, but he has memory issues, difficulty with multi-tasking, fails to write down/complete homework and class assignments. [name removed by JustAsk moderator] enjoys being with friends, but doesn't make effort to socialize outside of school. There is an emphasis on being with family. His doctor (well thought of neurologist/psychiatrist) is hesitant to label him ADD, but prescribes Lexapro, Welbutrin, Intuniv. We recently found out about "Twice Exceptional" -- he seems to fit all the criteria. [name removed by JustAsk moderator] complains of inability to sleep at night. [name removed by JustAsk moderator] has Turrets that manifests in noises and sometimes a head jerk. He has been taking growth hormone since January. We are desperate to find a educational system and/or different school to help him succeed with learning deficits, but that can address his love of music. Any suggestions would be very helpful and most welcome. Thank you in advance!
In Topics: Choosing a school, Special education, Special needs
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honnee
honnee writes:
Your son needs to be in a smaller more controlled environment with staff that is trained to help him, possibly a special ed school.
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JamielaIsmail
JamielaIsmail , Teacher writes:
You have a special child and his talents should be nurtured. Perhaps homeschooling could be an option.  You could ask the vet in your area or the animal society to offer him a job during the break so that he can see what the responsibilities entail even if it is cleaning the kennels, brushing horses, etc.  His love for music and the violin can be used as a means to get him to respond more positively to the school work.  Alternatively, his music can be the focus of his learning.  He can play at school events, at home when its someone's birthday, etc. to give him the exposure to his love for the instrument.  There are some signs and symptoms of ADD and turrets which one cannot do much about but you can teach him how to manage it.  A hot cup of milk with a teaspoon of honey before he sleeps works wonders.  I would suggest that you could also look at a school with special needs aspect which can assist him on a one to one basis.  Hope this helps. I wish you both strength and patience.
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londa74
londa74 writes:
Get a free educational attorney. You can find them online. Get the attoney to request a nonpublic school for your child. Barbara dixion is good free attorney.
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