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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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