dpurcell123 asks:

My grandaughter seems muted and doesn't understand stories or sentences. What does this mean?

my grandaughter seems muted and cannot retain or understand a story, a sentence, she says yes when knowing she does'nt understand or know what it mean

she says yes when she does'nt know or understand what your saying, she as no imagination and write's like a 6 year old. nothing seems to connect and she wont do anything of her own steam, sruggle's at homework as its all to confusing for her, she cant do paragraphs or a sentence and her spelling is terrible, she as been really angry and called her teachers, she is very child like and her personal hygiene is nil without instruction from another. She is also a compulsive liar, its as though she stoped thinking around the age of 7 and has not progressed to her years.she now as list for washing, having a shower, bed time list and a school bag list and uses them, without these she says she finds it difficult to remember what to do. its like starting each day again with the repeating of simple tasks. her maths is very poor, gets angry more so in french lessons to any other. very poor communications  skills for a 12 year old and is a people pleaser and agrees rather than give her opinion. trouble retaining any information, can you help?
In Topics: Learning styles and differences, Cognitive development
> 60 days ago



Oct 10, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk.

I can see that you are very concerned about your granddaughter. I would suggest that your daughter's parent(s) and perhaps yourself (if permitted) request a meeting with the school counselor and her teachers.  The School Psychologist should be able to help evaluate her abilities, social-emotional development and academic skill level, if the school team deems this is needed. They may also request a medical evaluation. Please make sure to that all requests are in writing.

Also, let your granddaughter know how much you care and that TOGETHER you will try to make her happy about school and life in general. She is at a tough age, but know that there are professionals who can help.
Good luck!

Louise Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist

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