dyslexia

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dyslexia
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Mon, 10-23-2006 - 1:45am

Is dyslexia really THIS misunderstood? I was looking up information on dyslexia for my niece and have come to feel our youngest son really could be dealing with dyslexia. He could read before kindergarten but as he progressed through school he was in reading recovery in grade one. He is intelligent but his standardized test marks are always low - I always thought of his kindergarten teachers words that "he is probably just your average boy" in the back of my mind.

He is having more difficulty now that he is in 6th grade and his teachers said to me when I mentioned it "I have not seen him make letters or numbers backwards" - oh my! The reversal of letters and digits is only a small piece as far as I can tell.... so why do teachers not know this. The most prominent symptoms I observe with him is - lack of depth perception, he is always being told to apply himself,poor test scores, lack of organization,easily frustrated, says his eyes hurt after reading for a long period of time and a few others. I am planning on getting his eyes checked. I e-mailed the principal and reading teacher but nothing has really happened.... any tips or advice on how to help? questions to ask? anything?

I think he has been able to get by to this point but as the work is getting more difficult he cannot compensate anymore. Thanks - Courtney

Courtney

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Registered: 10-23-2003
In reply to: court527
Tue, 10-24-2006 - 4:53pm

Hi there and welcome to the board.To answer your question yes dyslexia is misunderstood.Most teachers have no idea of what signs to even look for.My oldest ds is in 6th grade also.He was dxed in 2nd grade with both dyslexia and disgraphia.Disgraphia is a writing disorder that the state of Texas doesn't even have any programs in place to help students like my son who are disgraphic.


I noticed in kindergarten that he was having problems with reading writing and spelling.So we changed schools from the charter school when we moved and put him into a regular public school in the middle of kindergarten.Well he was falling behind but all I was told was to have him read more at home.To encourage him to read as much as possible that he wasn't trying hard enough.To make matters worse my ds was telling me that everyone else can read write and spell better then he could.He was becoming upset by this and started having a lot of headaches and stomach aches in 1st grade.


By the time he was in 2nd grade this is still the same school they suggested I send him to a private tutor.They even had a couple of tutors to choose from.That year they finally started pulling him out for extra reading help.Not once did that school mention or even hint he had a reading disablity.They only said he should try harder read more at home and go to a private tutor.


Well a couple months into the school year we moved an hour away due to dh job moving.So we moved and ds Devin started at a new school Nov of his 2nd grade year. Well a little over a month at this new school I met the language science teacher and she said the words I will never forget.She said "I think your son maybe dyslexic".I was like what but he doesn't reverse his letters or numbers with the exception of b and d but that is considered normal still in 2nd grade.


So he was tested near the end of the school year and that is how we found out.I was really surprised as he tries really hard at school but kept failing at reading and spelling.When he was tested for dyslexia he wasn't even on a grade level for reading and he was in

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Registered: 04-02-2003
In reply to: court527
Wed, 10-25-2006 - 12:10am

Thanks -

I will be having his eyes checked on the 6th - he is not reading at grade level and even then I think he guesses at words and just gets by.

Thanks for the feedback -
Courtney

Courtney

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