I think DD may qualify for the dyslexia label.
- What resources do you recommend? I mostly like books but I'll take links and other suggestions. I know very little about it and would like to learn more.
- Should we continue to homeschool a dyslexic child? Or, if we do, should we seek external help?
- Should we actually use the label at all? DD is 6 and people are starting to assume she's reading. Should we explain she is dyslexic or not? Pros: will get people off her back. Cons: she will shift her perception of herself. DH was labelled LD (learning disabled) as a child and the whole experience (not just the label but the special ed classes and everything) really did not leave him with a healthy and positive attitude toward education and himself.
Here are the things I've noticed that make me think dyslexia is a possibility:
- Decoding and encoding is still a real effort for her. Still doing three-letter-word type work.
- Confuses W and M
- Knows all consonant sounds but finds vowels harder, and has no idea about blended sounds (sh, th, etc)
- Mirror writes frequently (but has been learning to stick with left-to-right)
- Also, while she has been learning to stick with left-to-right, doesn't seem to intuitively understand that you can't just write the next word anywhere - might write the last word in the sentence at the end of the line above the penultimate word, or directly below, rather than on the left side of the next line. Some of her greeting card projects are a total mess because of this - words are jumbled up (she writes them in order chronologically but sticks them wherever they fit).
- Always writes her numbers backward.
- Left-handed, right-brained.
- We are relaxed with our approach and she is still motivated (she hasn't shut down). We think relaxed approach is best for her (and not necessarily for other kids).
- Her father taught himself to read around age 10. Very self-motivated. Today he reads for his own pleasure.
- DD loves books, loves to be read to.
- She's making real progress, even though it's not at the typical rate. She is definitely reading better than she was some months ago.
I feel very mixed about some things. If I say she is dyslexic, people will generally be shocked that we would try to homeschool her, say she should have professional help. I'm not by any means a rabid homeschooler, and public school is not off the table. But when I think about enrolling her, my feeling is that this would be a mistake. They will drill her but I think she will shut down. I think she needs to be older to really master reading. On the other hand, I fully admit that I am no expert.
I'll appreciate thoughtful advice from anyone, whether you encourage me to keep homeschooling or to have DD taught by professionals.
Edited by seashells - 4/23/12 at 8:16am