That is 20% of children!
Parents across America struggle with children they know are intelligent, but can't seem to grasp school work especially if it involves any reading at all. In honor of October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, I will be sharing some of the things our family has learned to deal with and the testing and tutoring center we have found to help us.
While many in the education field would like you to think that Dyslexia is the eyes or brain switching the order of letters, it is so much more. Often poor handwriting, poor spelling and slow reading are all signs of dyslexia. Often the letters don't look the same to them. I know my son struggled tremendously when reading books where harder words were replaced with pictures. I think he was trying to find the letters in the pictures.
Often students are diagnosed ADHD by teachers because they appear to not stay on task. It isn't that they don't want to do the task, it is that they can't. They simply can't read. They can't read at the speed of their peers and they can't read the directions or word problems on math worksheets.
Why is Dyslexia a concern to me?For the past 2 school years, my mom instinct was telling me that there was a reason that one of my boys had a difficult time in school. He wasn't "just a boy" as a couple of teachers told me. There was a reason why he had more homework than his classmates.
We had his eyes checked. They were fine.
We had his hearing checked by an audiologist. He could hear things most people couldn't.
After discussions with other moms and detective work by a great friend and college student, we found the PSU READing center. The detective friend was hired by the center to tutor our son, so we didn't have to travel 2 hours for each session of tutoring over the summer. We would have traveled, but he worked so well for her that we didn't have to.
We still have a few struggles, but he is not the same student that finished school in May. Homework has all but disappeared from his backpack. When he does have homework, I have been told that it is easier for him to do it by himself than with me. What a relief! The hours of homework he brought home last year stressed the whole family. He still reads slower and probably always will, but he does have the tools in his head to sound out words and think it through.
Definitions are still hard for him to copy out of the glossary, but they are getting easier. If I read them once for him, it seems to be a bit easier.
I finally have a son that doesn't feel dumb when he goes to school. He is a student that feels like he fits in with his classmates. Nothing could make me happier.
Do you have a child that struggles in reading? I highly recommend the Pittsburg State University READing and CARRD programs. The testing is thorough and priced for everyone to afford it. The fees are based on your income level and are very affordable for what you are getting in return.
I have donated to CARRD, Inc. and have been wearing the following necklace to show my support and to help spread the word about Dyslexia. I hope you will consider donating and wearing one as well.
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-A Kansas Farm Mom