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So I am 99% sure DD has dyslexia. I don't think I would have had any idea to look for it, but my brother has it and I remember how hard things were for him as a kid. I knew something was off when she was in kindergarten, but DH and I first thought it was hearing related. She is my stepdaughter and from what I understand dyslexia is hereditary. DH seems to have a very mild case of it, and has just learned to cope with it and make adjustments. Which is what we now need to teach her to do.
Here's where I am still sitting here in shock. She just finished 4th grade. Every year at the P/T meeting, we bring up the switching of b's and d's and the funky way she writes and speaks sometimes (such as, "I road the bike red." instead of the red bike....there is also a family joke about the mowlawner ie the lawnmower) and every year the teacher seems to brush it off, which was ok in K and 1st, maybe even 2nd grades. But 4th grade? She was much too old to be doing that without a reason.
We had a lot of issues with her 3rd grade teacher (and the 4th grade teacher, and the 1st grade teacher). After that year, the teacher was removed from the classroom and was then a reading specialist. How did someone qualified to be a reading specialist not even hint that maybe it could be dyslexia?? Am I just expecting too much of the school system? That maybe one teacher in the 5 years of ps could have mentioned dyslexia?
Anyway...now I have spent hours researching good ways to teach her since I will be the one teaching her and some things we may need to just start at the beginning with. The dyslexic programs are $200-$300!!! We just can't afford that, even though we know she is worth every penny, it's just not possible. So I am trying to just do the research and write my own curriculum. It's not easy. So if anyone has any resources or ideas or experience, please share! I have been reading so much my brain is about to explode.