momobopes asks:

Should I hold my 8 year old son back in third grade.He is immature but academically he is mostly at grade level.  

He has trouble doing things on his own. What is the best thing to do?  Should we hold him back another year?
In Topics: School and Academics
> 60 days ago



Mar 31, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

I answered a similar question earlier this week.  You may want to read that response as well.

The research is pretty clear that holding back a child usually is not beneficial for the child.  I suggest setting up a conference with your son's teacher.  Ask that the reading coach and ESE specialist be present.  State your concerns and offer specific examples both academically and socially that worries you.  Also, point out his strengths.  There is still eight or more weeks left in the school year, so see if you can develop a plan to help him.  Ask them for specific things you can do at home to help in both areas.

Yur son is lucky to have you looking out for him.  Just don't be afraid to keep on top of things.

Good luck!

Barb K

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