Tuesday, November 5, 2013
She's mildly delayed.
Who knew?! LOL
On a serious note, it was helpful to get a comprehensive view of where she's at in math (her weakest area by FAR!) and get some ideas to help her understand math more. With a calculator, she can add and subtract up to 4 digit problems (and probably beyond that) and get the answer right. She's on par with her peers, actually. Without the calculator is a whole different story! But they were concerned that she's not really understanding WHAT she's doing. For example, one of the answers to a math problem was 1,011. They asked her if that was a big number or a little number and she said it was little (I'm assuming because of all the 1's) so they said it might be a good idea to go back to basic number concepts and reinforce that a bit. They said it is a concept that will come with time, but practice always helps. Which I agree with!!
She did better in reading and the lady who tested her was impressed with her sight word skills and her handwriting but she lagged on spelling which kind of made me laugh. The words they asked her to spell she absolutely knows so I'm thinking that must have been done in the afternoon when she was getting worn out (I wasn't in there with her, so I don't know for sure). She had some good ideas about reinforcing the spelling she IS doing though and I'll definitely be talking to her teacher about that.
She DID say that attention was a HUGE issue (which we already knew) and that it definitely could be caused from the chemo she was on... a large amount of kids on that same chemo ended up with ADD/ADHD. So we'll be talking with her ped about that tomorrow.
Anyway, there wasn't anything too shocking in there. Most I agreed with, some I didn't, but we absolutely agreed her attention (or lack thereof) could be skewing the results. Overall she said that Kennedy has a bright future and she'd most likely be able to hold down a job and be very independent for the most part. She stated that the general ed classroom was exactly the right place for her and she would not recommend moving her and was happy to see the supports she has in place at school. She said that hopefully this could continue as she gets into the upper grades. That would be nice! One year at a time.
She kept checking on me to make sure I was ok with Kennedy's results and I kept saying, "Yeah... she has Down syndrome. It's ok!" LOL I don't know if she expected me to be shocked that she's delayed or what. But she's usually working with typical kids so I just told her that we're pretty much "over" the whole Down syndrome thing... now 8 years ago, I probably would have burst into tears! ;) Delays are not a shock in the world of Down syndrome.
In other news, last week we also went back to the eye doctor. Kennedy has been refusing to wear her glasses lately because she says they give her headaches. She was due for a recheck anyway, so I took her in to see if her prescription changed. The ophthalmologist decided that instead of putting her through MORE glasses that may or may not help, that it's time to do eye muscle surgery. Whenever she looks at things up close, one of her eyes turns in towards her nose. It's not bad and not all the time but if she doesn't wear her glasses when she's reading and stuff, it could get bad. This is an outpatient surgery and several of my friends who have kids with Down syndrome have had this done and they said it's not difficult at all. Whew! We're having it done the day before Thanksgiving so she doesn't miss any school. They said by the following Monday when school goes back in, she should be good to go!
Anyway, I guess that's about it! Other than that she's been having pretty good days at school, she's making lots of new friends this year which is fun to see and things are moving right along. Thankful for these easy times, always! :)