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Short Memory Issues/Memorization 10 year old

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  • Posted By: ezellt
  • October 15, 2007
  • 00:14 AM

I'm looking for help. I have tried getting help from the school for my daughter. I have had psych evaluations done both at home and at the hospital. No helpful information. All evaluations point to no learn disabilities. The evaluation state she is a low avg. child. When you talk to her, however you won't feel like you are talking to a low avg child. She really struggles in school. So much of school deals with memorization, spelling tests, math facts, phonic sounds etc. She struggles in all areas of school. We have been practicing addition, subtraction, and multiplication math fact for years and she still hasn't mastered any of them. Her coping skill is to count on her fingers or in her head, but the further along in school she gets the harder it is becoming for her.
Symptoms: 1. Has short term memory issues 2. Trouble communicating her thoughts, if she doesn't understand something she can't tell you much more than that. 3. If she gets disciplined for something there is no trigger for her the next time she is about to do the same behavior. 4. She has been diagnosed with ADD.

Any suggestions on paths I can explore to get her help?

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  • I'm sorry to mention this, but could it be FAS. Please look this up.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 16, 2007
    • 10:51 AM
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  • Thanks for the response. I looked up FAS, and I'm glad to say that is one thing I can rule out. I didn't drink a drop while I was pregant with her.
    ezellt 3 Replies
    • October 17, 2007
    • 00:25 AM
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  • I'm so glad. Do you have access to a pediatric neurologist? Has her eyesight and hearing all been checked out?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 17, 2007
    • 09:05 AM
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  • Her hearing and eye sight were tested as recently as yesterday at her school and I'm awaiting the results. There is a Pediatric Neurology department at our Children's hospital. Do you know what type of tests or evaluations should I request they run on her?
    ezellt 3 Replies
    • October 18, 2007
    • 01:34 AM
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  • Has your daughter been tested for sleep disorders? http://www.thesleepsite.com/ADD is the common misdiagnosis for sleep apnea.sleep apnea can cause memory loss, difficulty concentrating,
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 18, 2007
    • 08:04 PM
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  • She has not been tested for a sleep disorder. I do have experience with sleep disorder because my husband has sleep apena. Thank you for the sight you sent I will read it and also, pay more attention to her while she is sleeping as well as mention this to her ped. when we go in a couple of weeks.
    ezellt 3 Replies
    • October 18, 2007
    • 10:52 PM
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  • One issue I recently heard of in a pediatrician doctor's lecture that might be related to your daughter is eyesight and/or hearing problems. Kids are being diagnosed as ADD or ADHD when the real problem is they couldn't see well or hear properly. Don't rely on school sight and hearing tests. See your pediatrician and ask for referrals.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • October 19, 2007
    • 07:17 PM
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  • The other thought I have is Turner Syndrome. Turner's kids have lots of trouble with math and what's called "visuo-spatial" issues.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • October 19, 2007
    • 07:20 PM
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  • I can't believe it!! I could've written this post (substituting Daughter for Son) word for word! I am so frustrated I have been asking for help with him since he was 16 months! When I was teaching him his colors, he would know them one day and the next day he wouldn't know them all. Everyday was different with which colors he knew and which ones he didn't. That was when I knew something was up, but I still don't have an answer and he's 10 now! His third grade teacher (who is totally awesome) didn't know what to do with him and had no pointers for me. She said she'd never met a kid like Ben before. She has taught for over 30 years. His psychologist (who is well respected in our town) basically said the same thing. My Mom, who adopted a child with FAE (fetal alcohol effects) even said "If I didn't know you, I'd say he was FAE or FAS." I see that this post was written in 2007, I am curious to know if you've recieved any help for your daughter yet. Or if you have found a diagnosis?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I believe that Autism may be the cause. Autism is quickly growing, and if you're curious you can look Autism up here.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AutismThis sight gives you information you need on Autism, and I really hope your child does not have it though it may be possible. If anything compare and contrast. I hope this helps you.
    Tiedye 31 Replies Flag this Response
  • Any suggestions on paths I can explore to get her help? My own daughter had learning problems all the way throu school (her tests did show that she did have learning difficulties thou so she had to have one to one time, right throu her first 10 grades of school). She has a poor memory and poor concentration. One thing they did to help her is to test her "learning style". We each find it easier to learn in a certain way. Some learn better by watching things, others absorb better by listening to instruction.. while others learn better by acting out something or doing something. Once they worked out which was my daughters learning style.. they then focused on teaching her by that style more... so got my daughter more involved by doing things as she learns better by doing... (rather than just hearing or watching things, in which things seem to go in one ear and right out of the other with her). I cant remember now what kind of therapist it was thou who tested her out and her learning style. (it was some kind of specialised one).
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
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