Testing and Other Such Matters

May 8, 2013

Gavin had his 4 hour diagnostic evaluation at ChildServe last Friday and it went very well.  There were so many factors that could have made it a difficult day (who wants to sit and be tested for four hours??)  But he was happy, alert, “on”, and throughout the test he kept exclaiming, “This is SO fun!” And he totally meant it.

I have to give huge props to his tutors at Educational Resources for all their work over the past year and a half.  The test he took Friday mirrored the activities he has been doing there for the past several months.  He did well because he was confident in his abilities and we have them to thank.

The official report won’t be back for a few months, but I was able to meet with the psychologist and therapist who tested him and their initial findings are that he will keep his PDD (pervasive developmental disorder) diagnosis for now.  They believe strongly that he has a language processing issue and that is something totally “fixable.”  His brain is wired differently, but through various therapies it can be “re-wired”, so to speak.  Ultimately, that means more therapy time which makes me slightly crazy (only because I feel like we spend so much time there as it is), but I know it’s best so we’ll do it.  Obviously.

We also have decided to home school again this fall.  Gavin did fantastic and I finally (now that it’s May!) feel like I have a better understanding of what works and doesn’t.  This past January we had applied to open-enroll him in one of the online schools that is offered in our state but we were denied access by Des Moines Public Schools.  We’re not allowed to leave the district….unless we move.  It’s so awesome that the state gets to determine where I send my child.  I thought we lived in a free country, but I guess I was mistaken………Man, don’t get me started.

And for anyone interested, Josh will be on WHO Radio (1040 AM) at 9AM tomorrow with Judy Hintz, owner of Educational Resources (who also feels very strongly about the way education is failing our children).  Should be some interesting conversation!

3 Responses to “Testing and Other Such Matters”

  1. someone special is at the door. . . it's grandma! said

    Gavie’s my hero.
    And you too, Emmy, for your tireless advocacy and never-say-die attitude. Look how far he’s come!

  2. Hey, the State knows what’s best for your kid. And if he doesn’t succeed in the educational programs they force him into, they have social programs to take care of him. No sweat!

  3. elisabeth said

    i’ll never understand how dmps gets ANY say in what gavin does, since they flat out failed him. that has to be some form of abuse…at least in my mind. i’m right there with you on this– don’t get me started either.

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