Is it ok to mention things my boys have accomplished since being homeschooled? I'm so proud of how far they have come since I took them out of that nasty public school. I won't say a word until I get a green light. :)
No for the "Also" part of my title. Thomas Edison didn't speak until he was nearly four years old. With that he was also an extremely hyper active boy. At the age of seven, his mother was told that her son was "unlearnable" because he couldn't sit still long enough to concentrate on his studies. So she took him out of school and homeschooled him. She made much more progress teaching him at home than the teachers had the patience for in school. Apparently he was not only ADHD (as we put it now a days) but he was also mildly dyslexic.
Did any of that stop him? No, infact he was deemed a genius years later. He had an imagination that inevidably led him down the path of success. He is now one of the most revered scientists this country has ever known.
Einstein didn't speak until he was 4 either, and was known to have epilepsy. Did that stop him after he was deemed "unlearnable"? NO! He's one of the most popular geniuses in all of history. He too was dyslexic, and struggled with a bit of dyscalcula as well. Yet he turned out to be again a most revered physisist (omg I'm still not sure that is spelled just right looks funny to me :p)
But intelligence does not stop with just school work. Take Beetoven for instance. He was the 8th child of a woman who had syphulys (again, sp lost my glasses) and his 7 other siblings were either deaf or blind. I think maybe one of them was both but don't quote me on that. He is one of history's most world renowned composors. He taught himself to play the piano and he always played barefoot so as to feel the vibrations through the floor as he played. Who doesn't think Moon light sonata or Fur Elise, or even the 5th isn't beautiful?
Those are just a few historical tid bits, but there are dozens more out there. Probably from way farther back in time than these gentlemen mentioned above.
So I am not going to go out and say that EVERY child whith speech or learning delays or disablities is going to be a genius and some how make an imapact on the world, but I will say that it's always a possibility.
I have sons like these men. My oldest has speech and dexterity and some attention problems, but he's sharp as a tack, and quick to grasp things. My youngest is extreme ADHD and I am going to get him diagnosed with Dyslexia and Dyscalcula as well. Though he can't read much at all, he is still extremely smart as far as learning verbally. I'm so proud of them both and hope that one day they find something that excites them and that they excell and become successful men one day.
sorry for it being so long, I'm a bit long winded tonight and wanted to share something that was at the moment passionate to me.