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Triennial Testing and Review for Dyslexic

My son will be 11 and is in the 4th grade.  He is in the midst of his Triennial testing for an IEP review in May.  He was retained in K and "dxd" with dyslexia.  He has made tremendous strides in his reading through the Wilson reading program and is now reading at grade level or a little above.  He still can't spell anything and his writing is much below grade level.

He is frustrated that he still has to go to the Wilson class since he has mastered his reading.  I have brought this to the teachers' attention and mentioned that we need something more specifically geared towards the written language.  They did not come back with anything.  

I fear his frustration and attitude is becoming a problem.  I fear that with this and his mastery of reading that they will kick him off his IEP which he clearly needs.

Thoughts?
In Topics: Dyslexia
> 60 days ago

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BarbK
Mar 15, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

That's a tough one.  Clearly you don't want your son to loose interest in school and you sense his frustration.  Here are my thoughts, that hopefully will spark some ideas.

Keep talking to your son.  It is important for him to know that you are on his side.  

Put your thoughts and ideas for the school in writing.  It makes it harder for them to ignore.  Spell out what you would like to see happen whether it is putting him in a regular reading group as well as the Wilson group (getting a double dose of reading) or calling for a meeting with his teachers and the ESE specialist.

As for the spelling, look at the book Words Their Way by Donald Bear (your public library probably has a copy).  It takes a closer look at how children learn to spell through different stages.  

His poor writing might be because he can't spell.  He is thinking of the words, but gets frustrated when he can't use them because he's not sure how to spell them.  As an experiment, ask him to tell you the story instead of writing it.  Listen to the story structure as well as the vocabulary he uses.  Chances are his oral vocabulary is higher than his written vocabulary.  Have an open conversation with him about it.  You might be surprised.  Another experiment might be to have him write a story using the computer where he can use spellcheck.  Is he able to pick out the correct spelling of the word if he misspells it?

It sounds like your son has worked hard to correct his reading problem.  And you keep up the good work of being a concerned parent.

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