Friday, April 30, 2010

The Out of Sync Child

Well, I am still reading "The Out of Sync Child" by Carol Stock Kranowitz.  Specifically, I have gotten to the section about the visual sense and problems with visual discrimination.  I was reading and made it to the section with the checklist.  (Each section of this book has a checklist which is very helpful for parents, teachers, doctors, and therapists).  Anyway, the two symptoms that jumped out at me were:

- Have difficulty with schoolwork involving the size of letters, the spacing of letters and words on the line, and the lining up of numbers (form constancy).  The child may reverse letters ("b/d") or words ("saw/was") while reading and writing

- Be a poor speller 

This was one of those "aha" or "light bulb" moments again.  (I have had many of those since learning about Sensory Processing Disorder.)  All along, I had thought R4 had dyslexia when that she has is problems with visual discrimination.  I forwarded this information to R4's teacher and the teacher forwarded it to the school counselor and the school's dyslexia teacher!!  What an awesome school and school district we have!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Is it real??

On Saturday, my daughter and I went to Justice to get one of the ever popular (and sold out) bottle cap necklaces.  We did not get a bottle cap necklace but on the way out, I spotted what looked like a denim skirt.  As I have said before, R4 will not wear denim in any way, form, or fashion.  What looked like a denim skirt turned out to be a 95% cotton knit skort!  R4 agreed to try it on and LOVED IT!  You have never seen a mother and daughter so excited to see a knit skort.  We bought it and now R4 will look like she has on a denim skirt (and therefore fit in with her peers) but will actually be wearing a cotton knit skort!  It looks adorable too!  I will be buying several in the next size up for back to school in the fall as well.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Somewhere over the rainbow...

One of my earlier posts talks about picky eaters.  Recently, my daughter, who is a brownie, was given the task of bringing a recipe for a healthy snack to her meeting.  We talked about it and I told her about a recipe that I saw in a magazine.  I think it was the Disney Family Fun magazine.  It is a fruit rainbow!  Well, it also happened to be my turn to bring the snack for the brownies.  I purchased the fruit and a disposable pizza pan.  If you remember from science class, the colors of the rainbow spell "Roy G. Biv" - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.  I used strawberries for the red, clementines for the orange, pineapple for the yellow, green grapes for the green, black grapes for the blue, blackberries for the indigo, and purple grapes for the violet.  I made two rainbows to make sure that all 8 brownies were able to get plenty of fruit.  Let me tell you, there were no picky eaters that day!!

Friday, April 9, 2010

How to get more mileage out of kids clothes

Are your children picky about the clothes that they wear?  My daughter is.  I have said before that she will only wear leggings, skorts, or bike shorts.  For the past two years, I have taken her favorite leggings and long sleeved shirts that she wore for fall and winter to the alterations place near us.  They have turned them into bike shorts and short sleeved shirts.  R4 feels like she has a whole new wardrobe and I know that she will wear these clothes and therefore do not waste money on items she may or may not wear!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Is everyone on the same page?

I think my husband (R2) and I are finally on the same page.  He had been saying that our 5 year old son (R5) knew his alphabet and numbers but had no interest in learning.  He had also been saying that our 8 year old daughter (R4) does not have ADD, she is just "precocious".  Yesterday after R5 did not want to participate at his occupational therapy, he told me "school is too hard".  He was talking about kindergarten.  Now, if he knows his numbers and alphabet, why is kindergarten too hard?  Also, R2 had been saying that there is nothing wrong with either child while I know full well that they both have SPD and at least one has ADD.

R4 brought her report card home last Thursday and never showed it to us.  She then proceeded to give it back to the teacher on Monday.  Also, a neighbor child told me that R4 has been sitting by herself at lunch for months due to bad behavior.  R4's grades have all dropped since the 1st grading period.  These are all warning signs of ADD to me!  I am taking her to the pediatrician tomorrow to talk about ADD medication.  Yes, this is the same pediatrician that told me that R4 is just trying to get attention and that I need to take parenting classes.

I had a chat with R2 last night and explained to him that what he is thinking about our children is just where I was a year ago.  It has taken me a year to realize that YES R4 needs ADD meds and YES there is some kind of learning problem that R5 has.  One of them is SPD and I do not know if he has ADD or dyslexia but I think that finally, R2 and I are on the same page!

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