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Is there any hope for my child? She is a sweet girl who struggles mightily in school. She suffered from an illness as a small child which apparently caused some mild brain damage, so she is very uneven in her skills and also has ongoing health problems including low stamina. Her overall IQ measures 85 but her processing speed is very slow (72). She has a great memory but needs to take things slow to understand them. She has a special gift for working with children and wants to be a guidance counselor which may be beyond her reach. She is in middle school now (public school...can't find a private school that really fits) and I want to find a way to steer her towards a happy life. She constantly talks about college, and her three siblings are all on college tracks with the oldest two on tracks that she can never acheive (honors/AP/etc.) so that is already difficult.
She has no behavior issues and is exceptionally sweet...so the teachers love her but she often gets placed with kids on the autistic spectrum or kids with major behavior problems, and this doesn't work well for her. Teachers have taken to pulling her out separately because she is somehow able to do more than her IQ demonstrates, perhaps because she doesn't have the behavior issues that many low-average kids in our district seem to have.
Are there any colleges that can provide lots and lots of support to someone in her position? We are unforunately in a very high acheiving school district where they just don't plan well for kids like her.