It has not been a good past 12 hours. I nearly lost it a few times to a crying jag (so not me). But what else can a mother do when she witnesses her six year old child have a melt down over the fact he won't be graduating with the rest of his Kindergarden class (even though they are having him rehearse with the rest of the class!). What do you do when you see crocodile tears roll down His face as he insists he WILL DO BETTER in school, sorry His brain has been so dumb (his words!), and He begs not to be left behind from His friends?! Well, I've cried, been upset, and now I'm just ANGRY! Lucky for us, when I hit "angry mode" I get agressive and take action. And here is WHY I'm having to take action.
I've suspected my son of dyslexia since last October, after the first parent-teacher's meeting. But the teacher balked, saying due to son's age and developemental stage, this could just be a learning "delay" in reading and writing. He's mastered everything in his grade, yet he writes backward, makes incomplete words or sentences, and so many other symptoms that I've JUST learned are part of dyslexia. The teacher admits his work is so blantantly different, she has shown his work to other teachers and staff, and NOONE admits to witnessing a child's progress as my son's. My own research and a mini test has revealed my son may have SEVERE dyslexia symptoms. How can a person be overlooked with SEVERE symptoms?!
Grandma Loyd is also tenatious in helping her grandson. We spent the morning looking up school state board laws concerning help with dyslexic children. And we have him scheduled next week to see a psychologist to diagnose (or not) his problems. With the law and psychologist's help, we hope to have a trained teacher and regimine specified to my son's needs by next school year.
MEanwhile, I have to convince my son he IS NOT crazy, lazy, weird, or dumb! In fact, my research has left me with hope! I discovered that MANY dyslexics actually have a higher IQ than other people! Many also have the extra priviledge of being amibidextrious! We already know my son ambidextrious. He's been doing this for over two years now.... can write, play sports, ect equally with either hand. And one web site went on to say dyslexia is NOT a dysfunction; it is a GIFT! And that these "gifted" children can be 'taught' to have normal, exceeding lives. My Boy might be bassackwards right now, but in the end he also might be ahead of his classmates intellectually!
For signs and symptoms, and a mini test visit: www.dys-add.com