Thursday, March 06, 2008
My darling niece Abigail is struggling in school, always has. My sister has tried to request her to be tested for a learning disability but they refuse every year. She can not retain anything, she can be helped to sound out a word and the next time she sees it (next sentence) she doesn't recognize it. She reverses her numbers and some letters, she barely reads at a 1st grade level in 3rd grade, she fails every test with an average of 50% but gets 100% on all homework automatically so she isn't failing and they won't test her for an LD. Even with a family history of Dyslexia they pushed her off on the teacher next year. The school this year finally gave her a meeting but refused testing, they did admit she was an example of a "child falling through the cracks". My sister has tried to get an independent evaluation done but her insurance won't cover it. She, at my insistance, is requesting another meeting to demand they test her or put it in writing so she can appeal. She is a beautiful child and she is under so much stress just trying to keep up with her peers.