Heartbreaking...I have to do something!

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  1. teacherheath

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    Today I was working 1:1 with one of my students. She's one that has a variety of health complaints on any given day. She is a very struggling reader (has an IEP). I asked her about reading and she was able to tell me she's sad because she wishes she could just read like a 3rd grader. She went on to tell me that 2 other kids (not in my class) had asked her why she couldn't read. She told me that she made up this story about being able to concentrate but that the story wasn't true, she just said it so they wouldn't know the truth. :( :( :(
    I know she's not hearing the sounds in words. I have another student who's very similar. I talked about her coming into my room for lunch a few days a week, for a "club" where they can feel safe and we can work on it. I plan on doing some phonological awareness stuff. My heart is broken for her. Does anybody have ideas for teaching kindergarten/1st grade material to older kids while not making it baby-ish?
     
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  3. bros

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    What is her diagnosis? CAPD?

    Also, tell her that a good excuse is that she just understands things differently, so she needs to be taught a different way :D
     
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    Just a learning disability, no specifics.
     
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    First, let me compliment you for being such a caring teacher that is genuinely trying to help this girl, rather than getting frustrated and sticking her in a corner so you can focus on the other kids that are not struggling.

    I think the reading club idea is excellent. Kids love to eat with the teacher and no one has to know why.

    My other suggestion would be talking to the reading specialist. Tell him/her the things you are telling us. There may be some resource material that can help.

    Also when my students are struggling, I always tell them not to get frustrated because if everyone knew everything, then I wouldn't have a job. That we all know different things.

    Please continue to encourage this girl and to work with her the way you are doing.

    I am sorry i could not provide more help, but I wanted to offer some sort of support and advice.
     
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    Have you tried a method like the one outlined in the 3 Habits of Highly Successful Reading Teachers? I use it with my kindergartners and it works like a CHARM... I was talking with a 3rd grade teacher friend of mine and she's going to try it with some of her struggling readers... it's goal is to EMPOWER kids and make them feel like successful readers from the get go. It might be a lot to take on for one kid, but maybe you could use an aide or parent volunteer (if you have any...) to try it with this child? It's also quick - only takes about 5 min a day.
     
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    You need to have more evaluation done to determine the specifics of the disability and go from there.

    Just as you couldn't teach a blind person to read with a regular book, you can't always use the same methods with a child who can not distinguish the sounds without intensive remediation of the right kind.

    You know this child can not distinguish between the sounds. Now you (and the team) need to know why.
     
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    Unfortunately, our state does not recognize anything beyond LD. They will not do anything more. I have talked to our SLP who may be able to do a bit more testing, but beyond that, that's it. She is receiving her special ed. instruction from the resource teacher and I've talked to our reading specialist as well. I do have my masters in special ed., but really, she is being given all the resources we have at this point. As her gen ed teacher, that is why I feel I have to do something more. I realize that more in depth diagnostic testing would be very beneficial, but I have to go with what I have and do the best I can with that. This might sound cheesy, but I'm also hoping that the fact that someone is believing in her and is spending time with her will help and give her confidence.
     
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    Look at the sped file.

    There is most likely a diagnosis from a doctor there.
     
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    Unfortunately, no.
    Almost all LD diagnoses are made at school, and were based on a discrepancy between IQ and performance (until recently). It is VERY rare that we'll have ANY kind of info from a doctor or other medical person or anyone from outside the school for that matter.
     
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    Are there other students on the grade level that are around the same level as her? I would try to create a whole reading group out of those students.

    When you say she is not hearing the sounds in words, but what are her other strengths and weaknesses in reading? I would definitely recommend some sound box activities, as they will allow her to focus a little more on each sound in the word. Maybe as more focus is put on listening for those sounds, she will be able to recognize the sounds with greater consistency. She may have never been specifically instructed on listening to letter sounds.
     
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    You may wish to ask the parents to bring a report from the child's doctor so it can be put in the file to help. Also, the evaluations may list diagnoses.
     

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