Autism – Gender still matters.

Nice! As a mom with a daughter with Asperger’s and possibly have it myself, this is an awesome post!

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While claims such as:

‘Women with Autism are harder to diagnose than men’

or

‘Women with Autism ‘Mask’ their symptoms and men do not’,

continue to exist, and as long as one gender continues to be diagnosed less than the other,
then, Yes, as far as I’m concerned, when it comes to Autism, gender still matters.

A person with Autism’s gender is still, quite clearly, being applied first and foremost, as the optimal qualifier for either validating or denying not only their Autism….

But also the ways in which they are expected to experience, display and define their Autism.

To me, as a woman, the use of gender as a qualifier for the existence of Autism, has made all of the difference.

So you’ll have to excuse me if I choose not to allow the inevitable, accompanying, gender specific notions of how, as a woman…

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Getting angry for my 2nd grader

What is it with “Fast Math?”
My sweet girl is upset. This is year two of fast math. Year two of tears and frustration. What’s the point of giving math drills? Especially at such a young age! She is upset that she is so far behind her classmates. Well, that’s to be expected when her processing speed is part of her learning disability! Yet the school not only insists on giving the drills but they also announce results by placing paper ice cream scoops on the wall when a student moves up to the next level.
My kiddo is still on addition. Most kids are on multiplication. Now it isn’t that she cannot do multiplication, it’s the speed and timed tests that cause her to fall behind. Way behind.
I’m frustrated and sad, too. There is no reason for a 2nd grader to feel frustrated and wanting to give up! It’s unacceptable! She is a hard worker and does her best every day, but I fear that may change if her frustration continues.
So, I am seriously considering homeschooling in order to save her from giving up on school. I have limited funds but at this point it’s about preserving my daughters innocence and self esteem. I cannot allow her to flounder in the public school system any longer. It’s just not right!

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Reading Made Easy?

Fonts always seem to mess with my 2nd grader with dyslexia! I will have to try and see if it is helpful!

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The other night, I was scrolling through the interwebs and saw this picture:
dyslexie-overview
At first, I thought it was one of those trick images that asks “what letter is missing” or “can you spot the secret message”…but as I quickly skimmed through the alphabet, I realized nothing was missing or wrong. So then I looked back at the post title that stated “Typeface of the Day: Dutch Designer Creates New Font for Dyslexic People”.

This made me very excited, and almost laugh at myself at how successful this new font was in the first few seconds of seeing it. Not only did I jump right to the image (something I usually do so I can avoid reading), but I read through the letters with ease…something that usually doesn’t happen.

So what is this new font? It was created in a way that keeps dyslexics from flipping or distorting the letters as…

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My 8 year old is growing up!

My older daughter, dyslexic, ADHD and anxiety is having a sleepover with her BFF! First, I want to say how happy I am she has found a bestie! She is shy, self conscious, and does not make friends easily (even though she is a social creature! She craves friendship but used to ccomplain that her peers did not like her. Well, shmy e found a girl in her class last year and they have been BFFs since last year. For a while I feared my girl likes her friend more than the peer likes her! Imagine my relief when we met her BFF at Halloween and the girl is all about my girl!

Tonight my girl will experience a sleepover just like any average 8 year old! I’m excited and a bit nervous. But the normalcy is refreshing!

Understanding Dyslexia: Learning and Brain differences

Dyslexia is poorly understood. For nearly 3 years I fought for my girl to get a proper diagnosis! Even after an independent evaluation that stated Specific Learning Disability in Reading, the school still refuse to say dyslexia! Grrr! Small victory was getting SLD added to her IEP. It’s listed a secondary classification. I disagree. The other health impairment category with ADHD- Inattentive type and Generalized anxiety was created by public schools that emphasis tests, timed math drills, and a sense of failure and inadequacy from getting pulled out for reading and math intervention! Good thing my 2nd grader is tough, resilient and hardworking! Her self esteem has been affected. Her belief that she is not as smart as the other kids is infuriating! Stop ignoring the obvious signs of dyslexia at an early age! Begin well studied methods for those with dyslexia. It’s not that they cannot learn, in fact the dyslexic student can thrive when given early and proper teaching methods!

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black-boy-readingJohn hates being called to read aloud in his class, he usually has some trouble saying some words even when he recognizes them. School is not really his favourite place to be because all his teachers complain about his writing and spelling. His parents often compare him with his  siblings saying “he is just the lazy one”.  He often gets discouraged thinking he is not as smart as his siblings and other pupils in his class. John would rather work on his drawings and participate in other activities that deal less with writing or reading.

What John, his parents and teachers have not realized is that he has dyslexia.

In the previous article of this month’s series on understanding dyslexia, we shared some information about what dyslexia is and some prevailing myths and truths about dyslexia. In this second part, we will emphasize on the description of dyslexia, causes, prevalence…

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Finally WordPress allowed a password change

I haven’t been on for many many months thanks to a WordPress glitch.

So I now have a 1st and 2nd grader! It’s a new school, too, yet many people from OSE and TECC are at Townsend Elementary, too.
This year has had its ups and downs. Happily, my 2nd grader was granted Specific Learning Disability in Reading on her IEP. They still cant call it Dyslexia, but they took our independent evaluation seriously! Small victories!
My 2nd grader seems to have a strict teacher and I’m okay with that. A little nudge in learning self sufficiency is good. She also has high expectations for her students. Good! But some things I do not like. 27 kids in what is supposed to be an inclusion classroom. There are only 5 other kids with IEPs, so she gets individual assistance from the math and reading special ed teachers. However they aren’t in the classroom all day. I think they ought to be in the same class all day long.

My 1st grader is thriving academically! She’s brilliant! However she continues to struggle with social situations. She does not have close friends. She yearns for connection yet her Aspergers prevents her from acting socially acceptable. She continues her near obsession with doing everything on her terms. She’s bossy, inflexible, disagreeable and often screams when the interaction strays from her rigid rules.
It breaks my heart because once in a while she gets upset and cries because she has few friends. I try to discuss social norms but she refuses to believe there is a give and take in relationships. Sigh…I wish she had no desire for social connection. At least she wouldn’t be pained by her rigid social rules and mama’s heart wwouldn’t break.

Parent teacher conferences are less than 2 weeks. I am beginning to note all concerns and requests to bring with me. I am going to assume nee IEP meetings will be scheduled!