Hi, I am a teacher in a rural school (as in, I'm the teacher/principal/lunch lady, although I do have a part-time aide). I am concerned about one of my students, whom I've had for two years now. He is in second grade and has poor coordination. I wouldn't say he trips or stumbles, but always seems to be in a "hurry." I've always told him to "slow down" which has given only marginal success. I'm wondering if he is maybe unable to slow down? My aide said this morning when they said the Pledge that he "rushed through" the song and when she tapped him discreetly on the arm he seemed quite upset about it. Some things I've noticed: He gives up easily and/or gets anxious if he doesn't understand something RIGHT away. He's a very bright kid, excellent reader, but has trouble with some "common sense"-type things: fact/opinion, rhyming took a long time, has difficulty understanding the "meaning' behind a math problem and how to do it. He has a hard time making up reasonable estimates and will often "echo" his buddy's estimate. So he pretty much "hates" anything that is any kind of a challenge, to the point of giving himself a mental block over something he KNOWS how to do. General coordination: One-to-one correspondence in counting was a huge challenge in first grade and he still has a little trouble with it. He was also unable to cut a large oval out of construction paper today (we ended up tracing it for him) and has a really hard time cutting curves unless he is cutting along a line. Handwriting is hard for him, as well. I had the kids try to balance on one foot the other day and this was quite difficult for him to do. Apparently entering kindergarten his speech was almost unintelligible (i.e. "pido" for "spider") but he recently stopped receiving speech services (it was just his 'r's that came last). He's shown a lot of improvement but has a scratchy/squeaky voice at times. Anyway, sorry that got so long, but I don't have anyone to ask about this unless I were to call the multidistrict special ed unit, but I really don't feel comfortable doing that without the parents' permission. I have conferences tomorrow and wanted to know whether I'm overreacting (because kids DO develop at different ages) or if I had legitimate concerns. The parents are pretty "old-school" and would likely not pursue anything I wasn't "sure" about.