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Monday, February 23, 2009

The "D" Word continued...

We are a reading and writing family. We have a library of books. We go to the library. We have many reading and alphabet curricula, toys, and manipulative's around our house. Reading English may be hard to learn if your not native and exposed to it. But I don't think reading is that hard for the average person who is emerged in reading.

I am one to believe that children learn at their own pace. We all have strengths. We are all challenged in some areas. "Screening tests" for dyslexia are very vague. I am finding that between my beliefs about the pace of education and vague clues of dyslexia screening (and lack of readily available correct information) it makes it hard to sort out where true concern should begin.

I am learning that with dyslexia the older child in a family is often delayed in diagnosis because there is no sibling for comparison. Scott's the second. He is ten now. Let me lay out the foundation for "the" comparison in my house.

William learned to read with a tutor (2-3 x/week for 4 moths) when he was eight years old. I found it very difficult to teach him to read. William's handwriting is still a mess. (I'll talk more about this in an upcoming post.) Once he learned to read, he otherwise took off. He reads a lot of the kinds of things I won't read: scary, war, games, violence, and emerging adolescent. He enjoys writing as long as it's on a keyboard. I've noticed he is detailed oriented when he reads like his father who likes to read contracts.

Scott not reading or writing early came as no surprise. So what finally is making me super suspicious? I'll save that for later this week...


ScienceGeek said...

Once again, a fabulous post!

ScienceGeek said...

I just had to share with you that JD just learned today (in lesson 10 of Level 4) the "Banana" rule, that says that an "open a" in an unaccented syllable will turn to schwa. That may sound like a bunch of nonsense to you right now, but soon you'll know what I'm talking about! Anyway, now he can read words like "China, Canada, Alaska, etc." that he wouldn't have before. I tell you this to encourage you, because a year ago I was crying daily, not knowing how to teach my son to read. I never would have thought we'd be here now. So, have hope! I believe in you!

Permission to Mother said...

Thanks for sharing your sons success. I appreciate and feel encouraged by hearing his progress.

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