I have written before about some educational challenges with the girls and Kalindi in particular. After home schooling them both for a full year I had a pretty good idea that Kalindi would need some intervention of some kind. I worked with both the girls on phonics and reading and Kira was doing well, but Kalindi was struggling.
Today Kalindi spent three hours in cognitive testing. I won’t know the full extent of the assessment until a few weeks from now, but the doctor did say that she had short term memory and processing issues. Not news to me.
He also said that he was sure that they would have some ideas to help her. Yeah!
I have no idea what all will be involved, but I am relieved to know that I am not crazy and that there really is something going on (or not going on) in that brain of hers that is making it harder for her to learn. She is a smart girl. I watch her and I can see that she has come up with creative ways to get around her shortcomings. She can figure out how to get the right answers. Just think what she will be able to do when we can channel that energy the right way!
I would appreciate your prayers for Kalindi and I as we navigate these waters together. She and I have had a harder time bonding with each other and I know that our struggles in school have not helped. I am hoping that she and I working on this together will be good for us.
I just have to add that I have been reading the book, “The Connected Child” by Dr. Karyn Purvis and it is excellent! If you have an adopted child – or as she puts it, a “child from a hard place” – you will be doing yourself a favor to read this book.
There are also videos of her speaking at a church that are great to watch (especially the discipline one) no matter if your child is adopted or not! (You have to scroll down the page a bit to get to the video portion.) I think combining Dr. Purvis’ discipline ideas with the very Biblical advice of Ginger Plowman in “Don’t Make Me Count to Three” will make for a perfect game plan for the girls – and soon a little rambunctious boy as well!