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post #21 of 25
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baileysmommy, thank you for that link. I liked it very much so! DS has an auditory processing disorder so the dyslexia falls into line. That site was fantastic in finding a method of helping him. Other programs we've tested made him crazy - he's not a musical, kiddy kind of learner, so many are too juvenile.

purplepaisleymama, thank you for the support.

linda on the move, so what precisely is your dd dx? and what, pray tell, was your point? I mean it in the nicest way possible, but I am not you and what you said neither helped nor did it lead me in any direction but negative. I came here for support and offerings of routes to look into. Again, I CAME HERE for support, which shows in some part an active roll in my child and his education. AND....... in a pursuit in helping him to *gasp* read (he can btw, just difficultly).
post #22 of 25
I'm a tutor and I work with a lot of dyslexic kids. Your little one is just 7, right?

That's great! Catch it young and work hard on it before they get frustrated and hit the tween years; even with unschooling, chronic sources of frustration and poor performance can lead kids to completely shut down. This is the biggest pitfall ime, these kids form really negative views of themselves and academics so imo you absolutely must work on it now, intensely so they have some good coping skills in place before they hit puberty.

So my vote is to throw everything you have at it now. I would also pursue testing and some expert input. Even some private tutoring.

Now you don't necessarily have to drill every day, but you are going to want to work on reading skills consistently whenever you can.

With my kids, I never give them tons of work, I keep it short and sweet and repeat and repeat.

Fun tools I use with my kids...

Games like Taboo and Balderdash (might be a bit old for 7 though)
Mad Libs
5 minute or 1 minute mystery books that we read and solve cooperatively
Very short worksheets for reading comprehension, meanings from context, critical analysis etc...

Also understanding how open syllables and close syllables affect vowel sounds is important.

The reading strategy I use with my students is:

-Start with what you know. Frex, 'intelligence' completely bamboozled my student today. But they knew the word 'tell' and 'in' and once they put that together, the rest of the word came together.

-Be sure the letters are what you think they are. Dyslexics have a hard time with b,p, d and q in print as the are very similar but for the direction of the line. I have my students physically trace the line or even the entire letter with a finger as they read to help them see the letter correctly. (To enhance visual discrimination, we model these letters in playdoh and also use a blindfold where they have to identify the letter by touch alone.)

In the same vein, I see a lot of extra letter insertions. An S or B or R where there aren't any. Watch for those imaginary letters, in my experience, they tend to be the same ones over and over. Once you alert your child that they have a tendency to insert extra Rs or Bs that aren't there, they can then learn to stop and double check for those letters before reading on.

So, basically, find the weakness and give your child a corrective action that compensates for it.

As a tutor I do the following...

-Teach and drill spelling patterns such as -ck, -dge, tion, atch etc...until they are second nature. I spend maybe 10-15 minutes a session on this.

-Have your child read a paragraph out loud and then quiz for comprehension. This takes less than 15 minutes. You want factual paragraphs that have key points like numbers and data that need to be retained.

-The colored plastic thing bears investigation. My training included a news interview with the researchers pioneering that solution for dyslexia. It was remarkable. You can get transparencies from Office Max type places in different colors very inexpensively. Try several different colors just to see if it helps.

-Spell words with playdoh. This is a great multi-sensory tool that really helps dsylexics grasp how words work. Do one a day in just 5 minutes.

One book that you may find helpful is Smart Moves. Written by a scientist who works with LD kids and talks about the neurology as well as kinetics of learning--really helpful book on understanding the physiology of learning differences.

Hope that helps.
post #23 of 25
Originally Posted by HarperRose View Post
Again with the implication that Pixie is dropping the ball somewhere....
So why the snark?
It doesn't sound like the OPers son has had a professional assessment, which I believe makes sense. I know how long it can take to figure out what sort of assessment to do, who is the best person to do it, and then wait until they have a slot. (waiting list of 6 months are the norm here)

I wasn't being snarky.

I think it is possible for a parent to realize there is a problem and keep trying things and keeping trying things until they realize their child really does need a professional, and then find out that it will take year to sort that out.

On the unschooling thing -- Different people define it differently and I've no desire to debate it. But my advice, as a former homeschooler with a SN child, is to not get caught up in whether or something is unschooling.

Originally Posted by pixie-n-hertwoboys View Post
and what, pray tell, was your point?
My point is that your child may very well need professional help to reach his potential, and that if you come to that conclussion later, it may take a while to make it happen.

Sorry that it came across snarky.
post #24 of 25
Violet gave a wonderful list of things to do.

Another one that I wanted to throw out there is bypassing printing and going straight to cursive. It is much harder to reverse letters in cursive then print and it may actually be easier for some dyslexic children to write. The loopy letters rather then the straight ones may be a big difference. My 7 year old does not print, eventually we will go back and teach her how but for right now, cursive works better for her.
post #25 of 25
Thread Starter 
yes, thank you SO much Violet!! excellent activities

mmmm never thought of that Peony! might try cursive and see if its any easier on his brain.
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