Do you consider yourself a proud parent of a dyslexic child?

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Do you consider yourself a proud parent of a dyslexic child?

Postby SkillaDo » Wed Oct 12, 2011 5:25 am

This new thread may be a bit confusing when you read the title “ Do you consider yourself a proud parent of a dyslexic child?â€

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Postby SkillaDo » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:40 am

Hi, anyone here? :)

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Postby Theodore » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:54 am

Most people are at least a little dyslexic (I occasionally swap letters or entire words, which is why I always review what I'm posting before posting it), and if you aren't sleeping enough, sleep deprivation produces largely the same symptoms. However, I don't know if it's good to get into the whole "proud to be x" sort of thing. Dyslexia is something to be avoided if you can manage it, through long practice if necessary, and since it's at least somewhat reversible, is not in the same category as being born with a disability you can't do anything about, such as blindness. It's more like having a speech impediment.

Or to put it another way, I'd rather see it as "proud parent of a child - with dyslexia", rather than "proud parent of a dyslexic child", if you understand what I'm getting at here.

// Just thought I'd post something commentary-provoking, since nobody else has yet.

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Postby SkillaDo » Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:29 pm

Hi. I can understand where you’re coming from. The motivation in creating this thread was to provide encouragement to parents who are facing major issues with dyslexia. In 9 out of 10 posts that I read on the topic, I see disheartened parents asking about how they can help their children. I just want to motivate them. Nothing else :)
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Postby Theodore » Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:31 pm

Ah, no problem. I wasn't trying to depress anyone either :)

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Postby SkillaDo » Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:26 am

Cool :)
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Postby Llola » Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:45 pm

Yes I'm very proud of my severely dyslexic son!

In April 2011, my 4th grade son was in public school with an IEP, and reading at a 1st grade level. His special education teachers assured me year after year that he was making progress and "one day things will click and he'll take off". I decided I couldn't wait for that day to happen, something needed to be done now, so I started to afterschool him.

We worked on reading before and after school. I assumed he knew nothing, so we started from the very beginning with phonics and the sounds individual letters make. We worked all summer and when 5th grade rolled around, his school assessed him again. My son had advanced an entire reading level and was now reading at a 2.5 grade level! I know this happened because we worked all summer long. His public school teachers took six years (he repeated kindergarten) to get him to a 1st grade level, and I had brought him up a full grade level over summer! Woo hoo!

Based on the progress he had made over the summer, I knew I could homeschool him and do a better job than his public school. I certainly couldn't do any worse. My husband and I believe if our son's school knew how to teach him to read they would have done so because they enough time to make it happen. I ended up pulling him out of school after his Halloween party in 2011.

We have now been homeschooling for about 16 weeks. My DS has gone from knowing how to spell nine words, yes nine words at 11 years old, to spelling 100's of words! His reading has improved another grade level and he just finished his 5th grade math curriculum, so even though he's in 5th grade, he his moving onto 6th grade math.

Thanks to homeschooling, my son has gone from feeling dumb (at school) and having low self esteem to knowing he's smart and having very high self esteem!

Honestly, I had always thought that with my son's learning disability, he would be better off with professionals at school, who know what they are doing. I couldn't have been more wrong. No one wants my son to be a successful reader/student more than I do.

Thank God for homeschooling! If it wasn't for homeschooling my son would be illiterate. I am extremely proud of my dyslexic son! :D


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