The support you get from the schools differs greatly from state to state. In MA, I could get no help for my kids because, like yours, they were passing. Here in OH, they roll out the red carpet. They have more of an attitude that it will cost less to fix the problem early than to imagine it will go away.
A friend of mine in Canada has similar issues with her daughter. Her daughter is given a laptop at school and a USB drive to carry work back and forth from school with. She is also given Dragon Naturally Speaking to help her enter her written work and she has access to all her textbooks in electronic audio format.
Can you see if the school subscribes to something from their publisher to get text books in electronic audio?
I also really like the Dragon idea because I find that with kids with these issues, it's good to take as many of the difficulties out of the way to teach them how to write and then slowly work back up to writing essays by hand.
Both my kids had dysgraphia and handwriting issues. We caught my older early, but I could get no help from the school except informal support for him using the computer to enter his essays that way. He was reluctant thinking that it was more work than just handwriting. In the end, using the computer helped him so much that he went from being an average student to an exceptional student especially in writing. Now, because he knows he can do it on the computer, he has figured out how to follow steps that allow him to write pretty well on paper.
Talk with other parents in your community to find out just how far you can go with the school district and what the other parents have done to help their kids. Sometimes, you find that you go through all the fighting and yet the school system really doesn't know how to help your kids.
I had to make that decision in MA. In the end, putting my sons in the programs they had would have hurt my sons. Their self esteem would have fallen even farther, and they would not have remediated the problems they had.
It's worth every bit of fight if there is a program that can help your child though.
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