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Stormie    Posted 03-04-2004 at 08:33:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi all. I had to go to a parent teacher conference yesterday. After talking with my 6 year old daughters teacher I was heartbroke. She suspects that she is dyslexic. Which isn't the worst thing in the world....I know their are much more serious things children face. I am just upset with myself for not realizing it. I have never known anyone who is dyslexic. I have no idea where to go for testing. The eye doctor? The family doctor? If anyone has any information or could share anything about this I would really appreciate it. Thanks.


Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-04-2004 at 13:45:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Stormie! Read some of my posts and threads. I was a dyslexic kid before there was a name for it.
My parents were my best teachers. Thank God, they didn'y call me dumb, stupid, or some other verbs worse.
My education started in a city school. I spent most of my time ib the principles office for crimes I couldn't imagine.
War over, folks sold out urban dwelling & moved back to the farm. Hello, lucky me, I was enrolled in a one room school. Best education there is, in my book. I had teachers with so called Normal Educations two/three/four semester schooling. Enough to teach rural schools but not good enough for the fancy pants city schools.
It was in that country school I learn my most. The taught me out of books on topis I was interested in. For science I learned some aniamal husbandry and horticulture. To read I found one of the original Charlote Web author's books. After that put those animals voices to our own farm animals I strugled to read what was next. I had to read to hear the animals talk.
It's only been the last 16/17yrs I've writen anything. Learned to read & write first class style on this here keyboard catalogueing my family history. All the letters are capitals. Typing I see'em coming up in upper and lower cases. They aren't up-side-down-bakwards any more. I finally saw them as they realy where.
Short time memory, I ain't going back to see what I left out. From here on find your child's interest. Wont be easy, stick with it. Take her to the library. See what she looks at. Leave her alone. Sneakily check her titles when she lays'em down. Get her her own computer. Gently insist on her doing her homework on it. Tell her to go for neatness. And be ready to repeat it (whatever) over and over agian as if she were twins, triplets, and quads.
My dad taught me tools, particularly the carpenters framing square. I've passed all journey carp exames. I could well be a Master Carenter. To old to check it out now, nor do I care to.
Now, both of ya get out there inthe world and find her interests and strengths and go fom there; AND, make us all proud.
Been watching some dumb TV comercails. just had to get that in.
Best of Luck To the both of ya. Oh And if I didn't tell ya before I had to boys with same problem.

stormy to stormie    Posted 03-04-2004 at 13:26:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't fret, it is my understanding that many many children are not discovered to have this problem untill about the 2nd grade. (if that soon)
Dyslexia seems to run in my family. There is a simple test you can give your child to help you determine how severe a problem she has. (this is one of the first tests the sylvan center performs)
Draw an image on your childs hand. (something like an L or a b... even arrows <- or ->, you can even make up your own symbols of squigly lines w/2 dots on a certain side. Or a straight line w/a star or one side. You get the idea?
Anyway, draw an image with your finger on your child's left hand. And have her trace what you drew with a pencil on a piece of paper.
You may want to draw the images you use on paper so that you can check her accuracey.
Make it a game... but score her. (privately if you wish) So you will know if she got 10 out of 20 correct. (do this both for the left hand as well as the right)
Note: dyslexic children (if right handed) may get most pics right that are drawn on the left hand. BUT, when drawn on the dominate hand... it sorta like makes the brain current (the processing of information) go snap crackle pop.
After your child is tested, they will be able to give you information about her learning style.
tip:dyslexic children can really benifit from learning sign language. (at least the alphabet)
Dyslexic children are generally tactical learners... in order to learn to spell the word "Ball".. they may need to see a pic of a ball or even hold one. Learning to sign their spelling words has made it much easier for them to learn to spell their words and it stays with them longer. (because they have a visual picture (the sign) of how the word is spelled.

(btw... by the time your child is in 3rd grade she could give her reports in sign as she reads them aloud and get lots of extra credit) ;-)

Patria    Posted 03-04-2004 at 09:02:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Stormie, we know how you must be feeling, and those of us who had children have had to go through a lot with them. We also know one or two regulars on this forum who had said themselfs to suffer dyslexia[?]and have lived a full productive life, became profesionals also.
I agree with Kelly, the school should be able to get you in contact with a program to help your girl. You can also call the education department[?] in your district.
Take Care
Warm Regards

KellyGa    Posted 03-04-2004 at 08:38:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Shelby has a friend in her school that has that, and ADHD, and she goes to a special teacher for a little while each day to basicly learn how to read with the dyslexia. See if her school has any programs like this, maybe they do, but if they don't you can check into a tutor I am sure that can teach her how to read with the dyslexia. When they first discovered it, her friend was a little behind in school because of it, but now that she goes to the class to help her, she is caught up. :) Hope this helps. It's not the end of the world, they just have to learn how to read a little differently.

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