2nd grade daughter suddenly needs many services - FamilyEducation
2nd grade daughter suddenly needs many services
11/28/2009 at 21:17 PM

My daughter is 7 and in the 2nd grade. She has had an OT for 2 years due to poor fine motor skills, specifically poor writing skills. She sees her OT due to her IEP. Her OT feels she's improved quite a bit and no longer needs her services once her IEP is up at the end of the school year. She has always excelled in reading and done well in math. Now in 2nd grade, she has a very nice teacher who is in her first year of teaching. First, she called me about my daughter needing a reading specialist. Apparently her reading is right on the line of acceptable to needing some support. I agreed to have her see a reading specialist. Now her teacher is suggesting a math tutor and a also a psychologist because she has an anxiety about her math and reading skills. First, I'm concerned about her being out of class so much due to to all these services. Plus, I'm starting to wonder what changed from last year to this year? Did school suddenly become more difficult? Did my daughter suddenly change? Is the teacher not effective? I really want to implement services my daughter needs but it seems that out of nowhere, my daughter is requiring a ton of school services. I'm at a loss of what to do. Please help if you can.

Hi Burnsystac, Could you explain what an OT and IEP is? I am unfamiliar with those terms, and I may not be the only one! :)

Sorry about that. An OT is an Occupational Therapist and an IEP is an Individual Education Plan. Thanks for asking.

There are many developmental steps that happen at different ages for different children. Like being able to say the"y", "r", and "l" sounds, for example. Many of these milestones can happen in different orders, as well. Because so many of these things are accomplished sometime between birth and about age 8, it is not productive to test for them until after age 8. It sounds like your child's teacher is trying to address the areas where your child is a little out of step. I'd take all the help I could get.