dcmom Posted October 2, 2012 Report Share Posted October 2, 2012 Hi everyone- as most of you know I have two daughters age 12 and 9 diagnosed with pandas 3.5 years ago. The good news is that (knock on wood) they are doing exceptionally well. Both are excelling academically and socially, and living life with very little or no anxiety/ocd. Whew! (we still do see reaction to illness, but mild, thankfully, in the last year or so). So- my oldest is the one that I am going to talk about now. She does have a 504 plan, which is relatively empty, and really not needed- but we have it in the event we do. She is an incredibly gifted student at a very challenging middle school. She is engaged, smart and puts a lot of effort in. She had a wonderful year last year, straight A's and lauded by her literacy teacher as one of her very best students. Well, this year so far the literacy teacher is a lot tougher. She has come down on my dd very hard (in terms of grading in class assignments) for spelling. My dd is a very poor speller, and she herself would acknowledge this. In my gut, I see this as a remnant from pandas. In 2nd grade she was one of two kids in her class that the teacher made a separate advanced spelling list for- she could spell anything. In third grade she contracted pandas, and by the end of fourth (when I had time to actually LOOK at the schoolwork after 2 diagnosed with pandas) her spelling was really bad. Her spelling is so far off of her academic abilities in every other area. My other younger daughter, who also does well in school, also has a lot of spelling issues. So here is my question- what would you do? I am planning to wait it out a couple of months, and as long as it looks like dd can maintain a B in her class (even with marking off for spelling) I will stay out of it. However, if things are looking worse than that- I really think she should be allowed to use a dictionary in class (maybe she is and just doesn't know?). Part of me thinks if the spelling issue is from pandas (disgraphia?) then she should be accommodated with being able to use a dictionary for in class work. The other part of me says, this is life, as long as she will pass she should learn to deal. Thoughts? Also, any thoughts on improving spelling for a seventh grader? Thanks!! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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