I'm having some issues with Sweetheart (age 11) and I need some help. I'm going to give you a quick run-down and then let you fire some suggestions to me. What I need are large heading suggestions of things I can look into-not specific strategies really because believe me, I have tried just about everything I have up my largely trained educational sleeve.
She cannot follow directions. What I mean is, the great majority of the time, one thing that I told her to do gets done and nothing else. I'm not talking about of a list of 5 things to go do--sometimes I just say 2 things and she only gets one done.
Is this an auditory processing disorder? See what I mean about big headings? Where do I begin to research?
And yes, I've given pictorial prompts, written lists, organized her areas multiple times, etc.
She isn't hyperactive. It isn't ADHD. Could it be ADD? I don't know....I'm not sure I've ever seen an actual case of it. It's so over-diagnosed it's hard to tell.
She is quite flighty. She flits from one thing to the next when she does have several things to do she does them in a really unorganized and inefficient manner. I KNOW. She's my daughter. But I really think we have an issue here.
A friend of mine has a daughter Sweetheart's age who has a lot of trouble with reading. Her mom had her screened and it was determined that she has trouble with her vestibular system (that stems from balance issues in the brain) and it manifests itself in learning disabilities. Hmm. I had never heard of the vestibular system but the therapy involves a balance board, etc. Interesting. The comment that got me thinking was the screener said her daughter had "a disorganized brain."
Ha! I don't need any screening to tell me THAT about my Sweetheart! But the thing is, she's a good reader. Math does give issues....as it did for me. But really I wouldn't say she suffers from any learning disabilities (although there are some in our family).
But the friend said it made so much sense to her to re-train the brain instead of just teach coping strategies. This really got me thinking.
Maybe it's "just her." She's very artistic. Is she doomed to being one of those types who walks around with a paintbrush unaware that it's dripping everywhere and her socks don't match? I don't mind that but it would be so much easier on her if she could complete directed tasks independently!
Maybe it's really something I could fix.
Where, oh friends, do I begin researching? I need help....