My daughter! I don't know what advice I have to give but I can tell our story.My 8 year old daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia yesterday. All I really want to ask is, has anyone here experienced it with their kids? And does anyone have any helpful advice here?
I've experienced it with myself, not the kids though.Getting a diagnosis is empowerment.
My fully adult relative went undiagnosed with numerical dyslexia for years - till mid twenties, once she was able to understand it, career change, carved out a very cool life for herself.
My wife spoke to her teacher today. Truth be told, she was pretty non-committal about extra classes. It looks like it’s going to be something we’re going to have to keep at with them. In fairness to them thought, they did actually provide us with the details of the woman who did the assessment last week.Have you spoken to her school?
Given my work I surprisingly havent worked with anyone with dyslexia. But I'll ask on monday
Thanks a million for this. She does love gymnastics! That’s one thing that definitely makes her very happy.My partner is dyslexic, I had to do a bit of reading about it to be more than vaguely sympathetic. There's a great book called The Gift Of Dyslexia (one of the two books my efforts to empathise extended to) which gets right inside what it actually feels like to be dyslexic, might be useful to have that understanding, for one or two of the infinite inexplicable situations that kids put in front of parents from time to time.
Also: "Dyslexics are often good at other things, it will help a lot to focus on those rather than entirely being focussed on a remedy for the condition. Dyslexics often suffer severe emotional stress, and things involving movement, (if they are good at that) empower the child and help them manage their stress" (quote from my dyslexic partner who has a first class masters degree and is a dancer, information she asked me to include )
Thanks @dudleyThe little I know from friends with dyslexic kids in school is that there are great resources and methodologies in place for schools to help, but the parents have to fucking fight tooth and nail to get them. The schools do everything they can, but they're just not given the resources.
Fingers crossed your little one gets all the help needed!
That's awesome Good luck to her! In general Katherine sees dyslexia as a positive thing (you'll see why when you read the book), although growing up in the 80's with it has left some scars. She's great at reading, it just takes longer than some other folks, and she's very self-conscious about it. From the outside though, it seems to me that she retains way more of what she has read than most people.l, certainly me.Thanks a million for this. She does love gymnastics! That’s one thing that definitely makes her very happy.
I’m going to check out that book.
Late to this, but I’m also dyslexic and I’ve never heard anyone describe it so well or so close to my experience. Reading all you wrote was refreshing and actually comforting. Thanks.one more thing I remembered @sleepy - because I wasn't able to spell, or read etc for a while, I'd memorize other things to get around this, to make it *look* like i was able to read just enough to get people off my back.
Like, I'd hide things, avoid, or demote the importance of things, because they seemed impossibly hard. But I'd give the impression of being able to read certain things. I think this kind of covering up for yourself is common.
Fundamentally kids normally want to blend in, and pass for being like the other kids. If there's difficulties, they'll often hide them and they'll pop up in other strange places which might not even look related to the primary issue. For me it was I just didn't see the value in reading, because the books I was being asked to read were shite. I wasn't going to want to do all this work to figure out how to read shite books.
I remember this logic.
Learning how to actually read I remember working out that a sign said "Funderland" was coming, and in that moment I was converted to how useful this reading craic potentially could be. So, providing her with serious, proper, visible reasons to bother with this level of effort was the tipping point.
Thanks a million @Jill Hives , she’s been getting on great. She’s been getting extra reading classes in school which have been really helpful. Also, her teacher is really sound. And her and my daughter really like each other, which is great.Late to this, but I’m also dyslexic and I’ve never heard anyone describe it so well or so close to my experience. Reading all you wrote was refreshing and actually comforting. Thanks.
Sleepy, I hope your daughter is getting all the help she needs.
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