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Reply to Stormie about Dyslexia
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Lloyd    Posted 03-05-2004 at 17:00:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My son has dyslexia and was diagnosed in Elementary school in the mid 70's. My wife carried him to a special school two times a week for two years. It helped a lot but he still misspelled words and could not write very neatly. One English teacher wanted to put him in the remeadal class but my wife fought tooth and toenail to prevent that. He knew the answers but could not put them on paper. The next English teacher loved him and had his stories published in the county paper. He could tell a story very well even if he could not spell the words. After one quarter in coledge he was placed in honors English and was excellent in the thearter programs. That first teacher said he was not colledge material but he finished colledge with good grades and today is senior marketing manager for Cartoon Network. He is the man in charge of Scobbie Do. He flies to California to meet with hollywood producers and has shoke George Lucas hand. Not bad for a kid that could not spell or write. My message to you is, don't let the teachers convince your kid or you that this can't be overcome. With todays computers and spell check so what if he can't spell. As long as the knowledge is in his head it will come out. Hang in there. Lloyd


EngineerJoyce    Posted 03-05-2004 at 18:59:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a nephew who is in his first semester of college. Computer Science degree. Brilliant! totally dyslexic.
If he has a computer (with spell check) he can relate anything. He won a national high school computer/technology contest as a junior.
The only question he has when he sits down to a computer is "does it have spell-check?" if not, then "is the internet accessible?" he loads a spell checker and off he goes!
He hasn't bothered with hand writing things since he was in early grade school.
And he has worked every school break since he was 14 - you guessed it - networking computers!
It takes parental involvement and encouragement, but it's no different from needing glasses.
Who knows, your little girl may be one of our great American Novelists!


Fern(Mi)    Posted 03-05-2004 at 17:21:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
The computer has helped me. Made mea better reader and writer.
I was dyslexic kid before there was a name for it.
I know the sordid abuse a kid may ecieve because everthing looks different to this kid. My best teachers were my parents.
Then, I have two dyslexic boys of my own, just when they name the condition. However education is still behind. Their mother and I become their best teachers.
I know where your at.
You've the right to be proud.
Fernan


Lloyd    Posted 03-05-2004 at 17:43:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The modern teachers don't want the complications it takes to teach one on one. My Momma taught seventh grade 37 years and retired in the mid 70's. She taught all subjects to the same kids all day long for the whole year. If a kid needed special attention he got it. The same can't be said today. Thanks for your comments. Lloyd


Jf    Posted 03-06-2004 at 02:15:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
If I may reply-most modern teachers love to teach but the high and mighty adminstrators create an atmosphere where it is impossible-30 kids in a class, extra supervision duties(all while their butt sits in an office), loaded down with paperwork, Mainstreaming of special Ed kids for social reasons not academic, etc. I had a class of 30 kids(high school) one who was a behavioral problem-sent to office to my amazement the principal came back with him and told me he could not read. Placed back in my room and left. Now what purpose did that serve to place him in a class with 29 others and not be able to tailor a cuuriculm for him. I could not serve him on that level-just a mentality of warehousing the poor kid needed help yet, it was not offered to him in the department it should have been-special education, lets mainstream em for social reasons. This coupled with the fact that teachers are now leary of staying after school with all the accustaions of s$xual abuse-all it takes is a kid to say it and your butt is gone proof or not. The school board will abandon you. I challenge all citizens to spend one day in their local schools-it is your right and even responsibility. How can one make informed decision let alone comments without practical knowledge of the situation. My dad complains about how schools are yet he has not even been in a school since 1939


Jessie    Posted 03-06-2004 at 12:21:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Spend one day at school, are you kiddin? Only if I can pack my .45.


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