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5 yr old twin in Kindergarten with social problems, don't know where to turn

I have 5 yr old twin boys in Kindergarten.  They are in separate classes.  Twin B has always been developmentally behind Twin A.  Walking, talking,everything.  Twin B also has tongue-tie which he is not seeing a speech therapist for because the school district feels that it isn't severe enough but he does have issues with words and in listening to him talk he still sounds like a 3 or 4 yr old.  I know it is because he doesn't speak as clearly.  All his life we wondered if there isn't something else wrong.  He has always been scared of really loud noises and would freak out, he doesn't regulate his body temperature well at all, and often when he would fall as a baby, he wouldn't cry, even at times when he probably should have. Twin B has academically progressed by leaps and bounds despite the enormous amount of homework.  The problem is that the teacher moves quickly in class and Twin B (and other kids) can not keep up.  He shuts down in class and often at home because he has 15 reading books a night along with a bunch of sight words and numbers (almost twice as many as Twin A in the other class).  I talked with the teacher and she said that Twin B does great in small groups but not in the general class and that at times his speech and words lead her to believe that socially he isn't ready and needs to be held back.  My husband and I think there is more going on.  We just don't know where to turn.  Homeschooling is not an option.  He is learning just can't keep up with pace.
In Topics: Learning disabilities, Speech and language issues
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Louiseasl
Dec 22, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

It would seem that you have a had ongoing concerns regarding your TWIN B.  Have you consulted with the school district to make a formal request for a meeting regarding your concerns? (This is a formal IEP process, independent of just speech  issues.)  If for no other reason, you can document your concerns and also open a conversation with the staff that are working with your children.

To start  the process you need to make this request, in writing. Here is a website to help guide you  and give you a much information about school issues:

http://www.nasponline.org/families/index.aspx



Also, may I recommend a few other resources such as...

Michele Borba.. The Big Book of Parenting Solutions - available in most bookstores and online

Kidlutions - Solutions for Kids  (www.Kidlutions.com)

Good luck!

Louise Sattler, Psychologist


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lynellen
lynellen writes:
I am so glad you are concerned about your twins!  This is a great age to get help if its needed!  After contacting the school as was suggested in the previous answer doesn't help your concerns, you may want to contact a developmental pediatrician who would look at birth history as well as developmental milestones and academic progress.  

The issues with loud noises, not crying when he falls may be related to possible sensory processing issues.  A good book to read about these possible issues is Sensational Kids by Lucy Jane Miller or contact a pediatric occupational therapist.  Your school may have an occupational therapist on campus who could do a consultation. Often children who have sensory issues also have social issues.
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