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    Default Help for teen with disgraphia

    There is a lot of frustration involved with my very bright but struggling almost 16 yo. There isn't an official diagnosis but we are pretty sure he has this.
    He has been working with his IEW instructor privately every single week in order to get through his World Lit. assignments. It is so frustrating and painful to get his thoughts onto paper. He wants to avoid everything that is difficult cause it is so frustrating and that frustration turns to anger at himself.

    I have a 504 plan in place now due to the Irlen Syndrome diagnosis which will carry to college......if he makes it that far. This kid is way beyond his years in his intellengence, deep thinker, and thinks for himself. He is so frustrated with his brain not working when he wants/ needs it to in order to write or sometimes get thoughts out even verbally.

    What can I do?
    Cindy, Single Mom of two precious sons, Nicholas (12-97) & Ben (4-01). Loving FIAR since 2004!


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    Have you considered DragonSpeak? It will take time to train the programme, but there are ways to train it quicker.
    Did he get his tints yet? Those may help some with the dysgraphia.
    Kendra, wife of Lawrence, mother of three.

    I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kendra AU View Post
    Have you considered DragonSpeak? It will take time to train the programme, but there are ways to train it quicker.
    Did he get his tints yet? Those may help some with the dysgraphia.
    Oh yes, he has his tints and they are wonderful but he still has issues. He is definitely reading better, headaches are gone,he can be in florescent lighting without issues, simply amazing! I will look at dragon speak never heard of it. My tints btw, life changing!!!!
    Cindy, Single Mom of two precious sons, Nicholas (12-97) & Ben (4-01). Loving FIAR since 2004!


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    If he wants to go to college and since he already has a diagnosis, would you consider additional testing to rule out dysgraphia? Dysgraphia would result in an IEP and would give him legal rights, etc. as he continues his education. Additionally, you would be able to get suggestions for what to do to help him.

    I second the suggestion for Dragon Speak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura F View Post
    If he wants to go to college and since he already has a diagnosis, would you consider additional testing to rule out dysgraphia? Dysgraphia would result in an IEP and would give him legal rights, etc. as he continues his education. Additionally, you would be able to get suggestions for what to do to help him.

    I second the suggestion for Dragon Speak.
    From my understanding having counseled with the college for my oldest with their disability department, the current diagnosis gives us full accommodations at the college level. Extra time, separate testing, note taker, recording lectures, computer in class etc. What do you mean by legal rights? The SN specialist from our charter school said an 504 was all he needed and an IEP was unnecessary as well for college. Please tell me more. Thanks so much! Oh also, Nick is getting any and all accomindations of his choosing and he never had a 504 plan in place. We got his with just the Visual Processing/Irlen diagnosis. The department at our CC is amazing!
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    Is it Dragon naturally speaking? I can order through my charter school from Office Depot or Staples. Can you ladies please help me know what to buy. Which version? Thanks!
    Cindy, Single Mom of two precious sons, Nicholas (12-97) & Ben (4-01). Loving FIAR since 2004!


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    Sorry, Cindy. We haven't used it. I know about it from friends who've used it and because it's often recommended in classrooms as well as at home.
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    Just saw your previous post. If you have a school system that utilizes a 504 plan fully, then you are blessed. No, a 504 plan does not carry the same legal weight as an IEP. If you are satisfied with the services you're getting, then I would not worry at all. In theory, 504 plans should get students appropriate accommodations for learning needs; in reality, they often don't. So if you're benefiting from a 504, stick with it. They're definitely less complicated than IEPs.
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    Yes, Dragon Natural Speak. Our specialist highly recommended it for my boys, especially the eldest on the severe end of the spectrum. It does have a big learning curve, but one way I had my eldest break that learning curve a bit was to get "baby books" {Nate the Great actually} off the shelf & read it to DragonSpeak. That way it would allow the computer to become acquainted with him.

    You will have to tell it when/where to add in punctuation, & the best thing for training DragonSpeak is NOT to delete things but have the computer delete it for you with the replace function. Read the commands that you are meant to use if/when it arrives. I actually learned how to use it first in order to help my kids learn how. And because I use ot have to copy ALL the books my kids read onto special coloured paper I spent one afternoon reading the book to the computer. The most tedious thing I may have ever done, but it beat buying Kindle books, stripping the coding off of it, converting it to a PDF, pasting that into a word documenting file & adding punctuation back in, just to print it out so my kid could read in a couple of days to do it all over again with the next book in the series.

    I can't express how grateful I am that my Severe Boy can now cope with regular paper in books except on dismal days. On overcast & cloudy days he just struggles with everything. I feel for him, I get the same issues too.

    So glad to hear the tints are helping both you & your boy! It's crazy the difference it makes, isn't it? I've found myself running into things again, last night I walked smack into the bathroom door & am now sporting a funny bruise across my arm/shoulder/chest area. I suspect it's time for an update in colour for me.
    Kendra, wife of Lawrence, mother of three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laura F View Post
    Just saw your previous post. If you have a school system that utilizes a 504 plan fully, then you are blessed. No, a 504 plan does not carry the same legal weight as an IEP. If you are satisfied with the services you're getting, then I would not worry at all. In theory, 504 plans should get students appropriate accommodations for learning needs; in reality, they often don't. So if you're benefiting from a 504, stick with it. They're definitely less complicated than IEPs.
    Legal weight? Can you be more specific? Do you mean which accomindations we are allowed, or something else.
    Cindy, Single Mom of two precious sons, Nicholas (12-97) & Ben (4-01). Loving FIAR since 2004!


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