[blindkid] 6 yr old having trouble staying focused while reading

Marianne Denning marianne at denningweb.com
Tue Dec 10 20:00:02 UTC 2013

I am tempted to say welcome to having a six-year-old girl when she is
sassy.  I love that spirit.  It will be very good for her in the

Has anyone suggested she is ADHD?  What does she like to do at home
for fun?  Try rewards at home instead of behavior goals at school.  If
she were not blind and had these issues the teacher might develop a
behavior chart with goals she could earn.  If there are no additional
concerns like ADHD I would not want it put on an IEP.  I would work in
other ways to solve this problem.  It is your daughter being the
bright, spirited person she is and not related to her blindness.

On 12/10/13, Julie <julietnan at aol.com> wrote:
> My 6 yr old daughter is having trouble staying focused while reading
> braille. Actually, while doing most school work. She is at or above grade
> level in math, reading and spelling so its not an academic issue more of a
> behavior issue that her teacher is getting frustrated with.
> She fidgets a lot while reading. She doesn't keep both hands on the paper,
> she twirls her hair, makes funny words, wants to talk instead of read, etc.
> She is the youngest in her first grade class, 6 yrs old with a july
> birthday. She is a bright girl but I am wishing we had waited until she was
> 6 to start K . We had similar behavior issues in K last year and I wanted to
> hold her back so she could catch up emotionally/socially but was discouraged
> from doing so because they were concerned she would be bored which would
> lead to more behaviors. Any suggestions, ideas, strategies on ways to help
> her focus? Have any of you had "focus goals" put into the IEP? Im thinking
> of asking for focus goals and behavior goals.
> Her behaviors are things like  interrupting, wanting immediate attention,
> impatience, and sometimes being sassy with teachers.
> Thanks in advance you guys have always been so helpful and supportive!
> Julie
> Sent from my iPhone
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Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
(513) 607-6053

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