School days and IEP’s


The new school year has started for some along with many decisions; do you homeschool, send your child to school or receive therapy via an outside source?  There are many choices out there to help your child or loved one to improve their disabilities.  I had the pleasure of sharing a valuable resource with a co-worker whose child was suffering from speech difficulties.  I’ve mentioned in a previous blog the book titled “The Late Talker”.  If your child suffers from speech delays then this book would prove to be  a wonderful addition to your library.

This book discusses many “ABA” (Applied Behavior Analysis)  techniques and vitamin supplements that will help work your child or loved ones vocal chords and anatomy that assists in producing proper speech.  My co-worker was surprised that her child who struggled with vocal expression could benefit from taking Fish & Flaxseed oil supplements.  The Omega 3‘s I learned help with the formation of words and being able to control the muscles that help with swallowing and speech.

Since Nathan started eating he has had a problem with swallowing hard, chewy food.  His doctor did not give suggestions on how to improve this problem, nor did the therapists, most of what we have gleaned has been by others experience or books.

At the back of the book, the author gives valuable tips and suggestions on routes you can take to give your child the best therapy in regaining or rebuilding their speech delay.  The book also includes suggested IEP‘s (Individual Education Plans) and who to contact if you meet resistance in accomplishing your therapy goals.

If you do decide to homeschool and seek an outside source for your therapy needs, we recommend that you become well-versed in your rights for assistance.  On occasion I found out later that some “rights” our son was entitled to were denied due to not abiding by “their” standards.  If you find yourself being denied services contact your local division of family services who can possibly direct you to the caseworker who can help you fight for your child’s rights.

Should you decide to put your child in public school, we recommend that you stay involved in their educational program.  Your child will make more progress by repeating what is being taught in therapy at home.  The more you go over what is being learned the faster the results will be.

Below is an article on the benefits of fish and flaxseed oil being added to your child’s diet.  Remember to discuss with your doctor any vitamin and mineral supplements that your child is taking as some may conflict with dietary issues or medications.


Up to 6 percent of children suffer from dyspraxia, a disorder that affect patients‘ motor skills, LDOnline notes. Symptoms of dyspraxia start during childhood and persist into adulthood. Early signs of dyspraxia include problems with eye movements and walking. As patients age, they may have problems with language and coordination. Nutrition plays a role in dyspraxia, as the symptoms of the disorder may interfere with nutrition and a lack of certain nutrients may contribute to the disorder.

Physical Barriers

Early in a patient’s life, dyspraxia may affect diet and nutrition. For example, LDOnline explains that young children with dyspraxia may have problems holding items, which can affect using utensils or holding a beverage. Parents may need to help their children eat. The motor skill problems that arise may also affect patients’ ability to cook for themselves during adulthood.

Dietary Link

Dyspraxia may result from a lack of a specific nutrient in a patient’s diet. Bernard Gesch, author of “The Potential of Nutrition to Promote Physical and Behavioural Well-Being” published in the book “The Science of Well-Being,” explains that dyspraxia may have a link to either a lack of or irregularity in highly unsaturated fatty acids in the diet. One such type of fatty acid is omega-3 fatty acids, which people get through their diet only, as the body cannot make this type of fatty acid.


Several supplements that contain highly unsaturated fatty acids may help with the symptoms of dyspraxia. MedlinePlus points out that patients may benefit from fish oils, which contain omega-3 fatty acids; they may take the fish oil along with vitamin E, evening primrose oil and thyme oil. Evening primrose oil contains gamma-alpha linoleic acid and arachidonic acid, which are both omega-6 fatty acids. Patients take these supplements orally. RxList recommends fish oil that contains 480 mg of docosahexaenoic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid; in addition to the fish oil, patients may take 80 mg of vitamin E, 24 mg of thyme oil, and 96 mg of gamma-alpha linoleic acid and 35 mg arachidonic acid from evening primrose oil. Before starting an alternative treatment for dyspraxia, parents or patients should talk to their doctors.


MedlinePlus notes that fish oil is possibly effective for dyspraxia. Alexandra J. Richardson, author of the article “The Potential Role of Fatty Acids in Developmental Dyspraxia — Can Dietary Supplementation Help?,” explains that no properly controlled scientific studies on the effects of highly unsaturated fatty acids of dyspraxia have been published.


Supplements may cause problems for dyspraxia patients with other conditions. MedlinePlus notes that larger doses of fish oil may affect the immune system, which can become problematic for patients with HIV or AIDS. Fish oil may interfere with blood sugar control and may increase the risk for bleeding. Evening primrose oil may also increase bleeding and may increase the likelihood of seizures. An alternative to fish oil for omega-3 fatty acids are foods that contain the fatty acids naturally. The George Mateljan Foundation lists salmon and sardines as excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, and walnuts, flaxseeds, cabbage and broccoli as vegetarian options with excellent or very good amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.

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