My son is being evaluated by neuropediatric psych in a couple weeks. I'm pretty nervous, mainly because I have this fear that they're going to try to pin especially his social issues on homeschooling. I know it's NOT that because he's been the way he is his entire life and he sticks out as 'different' even within our homeschool group, and THEY'RE all homeschooled, too.
Anyway, I'm pretty sure he does have some sort of ADD but wasn't really thinking dyslexia was in play but last night somehow I stumbled upon the "Bright Solutions for Dyslexia" site and my son displays or at least in the past has done many of the things. For example, he didn't say a single word until he was 2.5 but was saying about 100 words by age 3 and took off from there. He mixed up his left and right for YEARS. I'm not sure he even has it totally down now (he has to think about it more than it being totally auto - but even if this isn't true (I tried to ask him but of course he denied that he was confused about it) I know for sure he was still confusing it by 9, 10, maybe even 11 (he's 12 now). He reversed his b's and d's for YEARS - in fact, just yesterday he wrote a P instead of a 9, and then when I told him to fix it, right after that he wrote a 9 for a P! But while he used to do this a LOT (up until age 8-9 he was still doing it very regularly) he doesn't do it very often anymore, but still once in a while he'll do it. When he reads he seems like he is 'skimming' is how I've always described it. I thought it was from him trying too hard to get info (especially on his computer) when his reading wasn't the best, so he would just search for the context/answer instead of thoroughly reading. He still ties his shoes with 2 loops knotting them together - but then again, when I try to show him another way he says he doesn't want to learn, so maybe he really could do it now. Reading music has been really hard for him - he's been in piano for 3 years and he's made progress, of course, but it's slow and my husband pretty much holds his hand through all his practices. His reading still isn't what I'd really call 'fluent' and his writing is sloppy and I can't tell you how many times, over and over, I've told him "Capitalize the first word, period at the end" and he just keeps not doing it. Also another issue is he won't capitalize I (as in me) ... he'll write i. I've told him SOOOO many times it needs to be capitalized. And leaving spaces between words, writing on the line, etc. He just won't seem to correct it (or can't/has trouble? I don't know)
The thing that does NOT fit is I feel DS's memory is just fine. In fact, that's pretty much HOW he's done so well in piano. He has his own way that we don't even really understand. Learning his multiplication tables was not hard for him, but ordering numbers from smallest to largest WAS (still is a bit) hard for him. The lecture I read seemed to talk a lot about memory being an issue, and I'm not seeing that - I'm seeing that as one of his strengths.
I guess I'll find out what they think in a few weeks, but I was just curious if anyone has a child with dylexia and what your experience has been with some of their symptoms that really stuck out and also if doing things like memorizing multiplication tables was hard?