Timberdoodle Blog — Special Needs

I'm Looking For the Very Best Curriculum for My Dyslexic Son...

I'm Looking For the Very Best Curriculum for My Dyslexic Son...

I’m looking for the very best curriculum for my dyslexic son. He is going into the 4th grade. He doesn’t read on grade level so I’ve been reading everythng to him. Please let me know what you have to offer.Thank you, Resa Before I answer your question specifically, I have to mention that we have been very impressed with a local OVD (I think that is the right acronym), a doctor who specializes in vision therapy and addressing some of the root causes of dyslexia and other issues. I know you are not anywhere near local, but the video here gives...

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Krissy, Our Introduction to Autism

Krissy, Our Introduction to Autism

Krissy is the daughter of dear friends of ours and received an autism diagnosis at age 2. Despite participation in various early interventions through the public school system, she made agonizingly slow progress. At five years old, Krissy finally began to talk, and at age six had developed a large vocabulary of words, but had very limited communication skills. For instance, if she wanted a banana, she did not know to come and ask for one. Instead, if you asked her, “Do you want a banana?” she would echo, “banana” if she did want it, or be silent if she didn’t. Occasionally...

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6 Questions to Help Pinpoint Why You Have a Reluctant Reader

6 Questions to Help Pinpoint Why You Have a Reluctant Reader

“My 7-year-old is still not reading at the level I keep thinking she needs to.” “My 14-year-old has been taught phonics but is having a very difficult time with applying the rules to spelling words and reading is slow–he will see a difficult word and just say something. I really think that he is being a very lazy reader” This is a common concern, and one that is very understandable. After all, the single most important educational skill your child will learn is reading, and a student who loves to read will find he has a tremendous advantage in every...

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Family Devotions with Special Needs Children

Family Devotions with Special Needs Children

In response to an article I recently reposted about family devotions, there was a comment about the difficulty of doing family devotions when your family includes special needs children. This is a very valid and relevant concern, and one that many families are facing, so I will make mention of a few personal experiences. While our family currently does not have any special needs members, we did have an 8-year-old girl with severe autism live with us for about a year. I acknowledge that our experience is limited, but here are a couple of things we found helpful. When Krissy came to stay...

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