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    I am curious to know other moms and what you are working with (Diagnosis wise) in your home? Would you share:

    What is your child's learning difference or diagnosis?

    How/When did you first notice your child struggling?

    How did you get diagnosed?

    What type of therapy have you used, if any?

    How does Time4Learning fit into your plan?

    Do you use other curriculum or therapies with your children in addition to T4L'ing?
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    I'll go first!

    What is your child's learning difference or diagnosis?

    I have four sons. Three have been diagnosed with APD (Auditory Processing Disorder) and my oldest struggles with ADD. My youngest has lots of stemming activity but has not been officially diagnosed with autism.

    My 8 year old son Seth was my only child without any learning differences and he began having seizures last month. We have noticed a definitely "slowing down" of his ability to take in information.

    How/When did you first notice your child struggling?


    My oldest son (17 now) went to public school for Kindergarten and was always praised for good behavior but could not catch onto letter/letter sounds/math concepts/etc.., I noticed that once I ordered Hooked On Phonics and worked with him a few minutes each evening he just took off. We began homeschooling and as my #2 son began to get older I noticed that he didn't respond to verbal commands well. He was not showing signs of rebellion, but just seemed to not understand. It wasn't until he was four that we went to All Children's hospital and had them tested and they were diagnosed with APD and ADD

    What type of therapy have you used, if any?

    Speech Therapy
    Neurodevelopmental Therapy
    Dabbled w/ Brain Integration therapy

    How does Time4Learning fit into your plan?

    It's funny. I have spent literally thousands of dollars on curriculum since we began homeschooling back in 1998. They were very parent intensive, with lots of bells and whistles and hoops to jump through, yet I didn't see a huge return for all that work. I heard about T4L'ing on a friends blog and thought it might be a nice supplement Within a week I saw the lights go ON! At the end of our first year with Time4Learning my sons all jumped more in math than EVER before. My tester came out with a HUGE smile on her face.

    Do you use other curriculum or therapies with your children in addition to T4L'ing?

    We use Time4Learning as our complete Math and will do so until they outgrow it. We are using it for our complete Language Arts right now, but I will be letting them do some other things like "Daily Grams" as they get older. I use a unit study for history/science/bible/writing/projects that has a biblical worldview. Because that meets the goals for our family.

    How about you?
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    What is your child's learning difference or diagnosis?
    My 12yo DS is diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and generalized anxiety disorder

    How/When did you first notice your child struggling?
    DS struggled socially/behaviorally even as a preschooler. He was in treatment for leukemia from ages 2 to 5, so we thought a lot of his struggles were the result of not being around other kids during those formative years.

    How did you get diagnosed?
    Near the beginning of 4th grade, the school psychologist had done some observing of DS in the classroom in preparation for putting together a 504 plan. At the team meeting, he asked me if anyone had ever suggested that DS might have autism/Asperger's. DS had seen a couple different psychologists and a psychiatrist throughout the years, but they had not said anything about it. DS was diagnosed with Asperger's about two months after that team meeting.

    What type of therapy have you used, if any?
    Psychologist
    Psychiatrist (medication for anxiety/mood)
    Occupational Therapist
    Speech-Language Pathologist (social language work)
    Social Skills Group

    How does Time4Learning fit into your plan?
    DS loves video games and computers. T4L's platform fits well with his preferred method of learning. It is very visual and he can move through the lessons at his own pace. Because I work full-time (DS goes to work with me), the fact that T4L requires little preparation on my part is a big plus.

    Do you use other curriculum or therapies with your children in addition to T4L'ing?
    I supplement T4L, especially the science and social studies units, with books and videos related to the topics. We do other things as well, but do not use another curriculum. The extra stuff we do, I prepare on my own.

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    What is your child's learning difference or diagnosis?
    My 7 y/o DS was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder but we call it Asperger's Syndrome

    How/When did you first notice your child struggling?
    We first noticed something was different at age 3ish, when he should have been talking already but chose not to. We knew he could talk because he spoken several impressive sentences and would ask for something he wanted, but otherwise he had very little interest in communicating with anyone. He also preferred to be alone rather than playing games with us.

    How did you get diagnosed?
    The first school's special ed dept thought he was 'fine' but his Kindergarten teacher went over the bosses head and insisted on a thorough eval. This provided an IEP but not many services--only speech. Then when we moved to a larger city, the new school sort of recommended a particular doctor who hands out Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses like they're on sale. It wasn't a thorough evaluation though. Mostly, we 'diagnosed' him by educating ourselves and observing his behavior.

    What type of therapy have you used, if any?
    We are into alternative therapies because I don't care for pharmacological measures.

    How does Time4Learning fit into your plan?
    We use T4L primarily as our 1st grade curriculum.

    Do you use other curriculum or therapies with your children in addition to T4L'ing?
    We use a gluten free diet and we supplement "T4L with some worksheets and as much reading as we can do.

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    April, let me just say that my heart was so "full" for you as I thought about walking through cancer with a child. I cannot even imagine how incredibly scary that must be. What a blessing it must be to be able to bring your ds to work with you. It sounds like you are doing a WONDERFUL job!

    Beth, we also use an alternative doctor to help with our boys. He a kinesiologist (Christian) and has helped us w/ supplements and dietary changes.

    Thank you both for sharing your stories. I was very blessed. It feels good to know that none of us are walking alone in this journey.
    Mary, Child of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ! Wife to best friend and Mama to her four boys 91, 96, 00, 02, Homeschooling since 1998! Come visit us on our blog! http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/MamaMary/

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    Nice to hear from you ladies, too. I hope to get to know you all better in this forum.

    Beth

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    What is your child's learning difference or diagnosis? Autism (hfa)

    How/When did you first notice your child struggling? I noticed at around 3 mos of age that he was not making eye contact or smiling

    How did you get diagnosed?lots of trial and error. The early intervention program thought he had asperger's. We finally were sent to a behavioral specialist that diagnosed him with "Frontal Lobe Disinhibition Syndrome" after 1.5 hours of observation. no other testing was done. We were given an 8x11.5 paper with some "helpful hints" and told "good luck!" We were not comfortable with how this diagnosis was given so we went to a neuropsychologist. We waited 1.5 years to even get in!! After very thorough testing, he was diagnosed with autism and they "disproved" the previous diagnosis in the process. The testing they did was independent of the questions that we answered (multiple surveys). After all of the testing, we had an outtake meeting where they thoroughly explained all of the tesing they did and what the results mean. Interestingly, they stated that the CLINICAL difference between Autism and Asperger's is that there is no speech delay with Asperger's. Timmy had significant speech delay.

    What type of therapy have you used, if any? He has been in speech therapy. I am getting ready to start it up again. The local state funded autism program also offers social/behavior therapy. We'll be signing up for that, too.

    How does Time4Learning fit into your plan?T4L is our core curriculum.

    Do you use other curriculum or therapies with your children in addition to T4L'ing?We use whatever is handy to help explain stuff. There is so much stuff that the T4L curriculum exposes him too, that I have not felt the need to plan supplemental school work. Also I am already gluten free and plan on making my house gluten free (dh and both boys still eat wheat as of right now).
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    Hi timmymom,

    I just want to say that I am so in "AWE" of you. My good friends husband is struggling through Lou Gerig's disease and they put him on a gluten free diet. We have been researching and working through changing things over and it has been CRAZY..., very difficult. I would LOVE any tips you might have that I could share with her.

    Also, I am SO glad to have you here....., Mary
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    Mary,

    Sorry to hear about your friends husband. ALS is a very difficult disease. It is interesting that they are trying gluten free. It would also be interesting to hear about any diminishing or resolution of symptoms.

    http://celiac.com has helped me.
    They have list of safe and unsafe ingredients http://www.celiac.com/articles/181/1...nts/Page1.html
    They also have a message board.
    http://www.livingwithout.com/ has lots of recipes and helpful hints.

    Since I last posted in the thread, we have had to go gluten, dairy, egg, nut, soy, and fish free. My husband was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis. We are on an elimination diet to determine which foods are causing his problems. In the process, the pedi has suggested that we do the same diet with the boys, since mom and dad have significant food allergy issues. We have already dicovered that the baby is gluten intolerant. Still working on getting Timmy's diet turned around since he has food issues of his own!
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    What is your child's learning difference or diagnosis? Autism

    How/When did you first notice your child struggling? He first started with some of the red flag behavior around a year to 18 months. Other people started saying something was definitely wrong by the time he was almost two, especially parents of kids with ASD.

    How did you get diagnosed? He was put on a wait-and-see diagnosis at 2 years because of his big speech delay, and was reevaluated and diagnosed after he turned 3, when he learned to talk a little better. He knows a lot of words now, but he is still so far from where he's "supposed to" be.

    What type of therapy have you used, if any? He was in speech when we were in NY (looking for a closer than 45 min drive now) and we've been doing at home ABA style with TeachTown. We are incorporating the DIR method at home as well, since it's way out of our price range to go to a therapist.

    How does Time4Learning fit into your plan? He will be starting T4L either in the fall or the spring. I am holding off because I anticipate him finishing the preK quickly and don't want him going too far too soon. He is a computer maniac and I don't want him knowing how fun T4L is yet. As it is, he logs himself onto the Internet to do the demos.

    Do you use other curriculum or therapies with your children in addition to T4L'ing? (see above)
    Melissa.

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