I'm having a hard time putting my finger on what is going on with this third grader. He is new to our little private school, and I'm conferencing with mom on Friday. Issues he is having: I think he is an ELL...Mom speaks Spanish at home and I don't know how long they have lived in the U.S., but much younger sibling speaks much more clearly than he does. His speech is poor, and this is more than just his accent. His speaking seems labored and slow, but he is a bright boy with intelligent ideas. His speaking voice is odd....sort of like he always has a frog in his throat. His writing and handwriting is awful. He physically struggles to write, though he tries to write neatly. I cannot understand his writing at all. He still reverses B and D, even though his name is three letters long and the second letter is a D. Everything I have tried to help him with this has failed. He has the B for Bed on his desk, I've taught him the hand signal to also help remember this, and I correct it every time I see it, but nothing has helped. His reading is low, because he struggles to decode, but not nearly as bad as his writing. He falls on the playground every single day. He is very clumsy. He struggles to pay attention and forgets things like where he put his glasses, multiple times per day. He doesn't strike me as being LD...he's pretty bright, does well in math and his oral reading comprehension is good. I'm thinking maybe dyslexia? I'm struggling with how best to help this student. We don't have special ed resources at our small parochial school. I could really use some feedback!