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From: Konie <kcress75@hotmail.com>
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2004120920:14:03
Subject: Re: difficulty in his school work




Studies have shown the NF1 mainly affects students spatial abilities. 
I read an about NF1 on an interesting site that discussed clinical
trials in process to reduce Learning Disability effects with a drug. 
If you are interested in reading the article, it can be found at: 
http://www.newmexicokids.org/Resource/News/viewid.cfm?id=116

An excellent resource to use for Learning Disabilities is the book: 
Complete Learning Disabilities Handbook, second edition by Joan M.
Harwell.  It defines specific disabilities and gives examples of
interventions for each disability.  It also does a great job of
explaining the process of Special Education.  

I am a Resource Specialist and have referenced this book on many
occassions.  As for your son not remembering his homework, there are
many interventions.  I have each of my students carry a planner
(required by our school actually).  There is a box for each subject. 
I have them write down there homework in each class before they leave
and have them on a point system to reward and train them to fill it
out.  It takes about 2 months of consistent training to get them on
track, so they remember everyday on their own and so that they are
writing assignments down that can be understood by adults.  You can
peer buddy your son up.  Have the students exchange numbers, so if he
does forget he can call up the friend.  If none of the above work,
start a communication line with his teacher and come up with a
schedule to get the assignments from them.  

You should dialog with the Resource teacher at your sons school.  Make
sure you bring literature on the NF1.  It is a very new type of
disability-- and some argue that it is almost impossible to qualify
the student for special education because IQ scores can be affected by
the NF1. In order for students to qualify for special education, there
needs to be a discrepancy between potential for learning (IQ) and what
the students current output is.  If the IQ is affected by the NF1,
then no discrepency will show up.  Hope this was helpful. 

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