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Moms with dyslexic kids, or moms who are dyslexic....

Posted by on Mar. 20, 2013 at 8:35 PM
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How do you tell if your child may be dyslexic? My 8 yr old dd has several issues. She is very smart and eager to learn but certain things have been giving her alot of trouble. We study spelling words and go over and over them. She spells them out loud correctly but when she writes them she almost always spells phonetically or adds letters that don't need to be there. She will flip d's, p's , b's, g's and flips her double didgit numbers and sometimes writes the numbers themselves backwards as well. We study with her and she knows how to do her math and English homework but she makes mistakes with the orders of the letters and numbers and gets a lot of points taken off because of it. I'm wondering if its something else besides being 'lazy' or goofy and not paying attention to what she is doing. What were the signs you child had?
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norahsmommy
by Platinum Member on Mar. 20, 2013 at 9:02 PM
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by Member on Mar. 20, 2013 at 9:03 PM

My son has what is called Dyslexic Dysgraphia.  Which he had all the exact same symptoms you posted.

Dyslexia is a processing disorder, meaning as a child learns the information it is all jumbled.

Dysgraphia is an execution disorder, meaning a child fully comprehends what they are learning.  But when they go to execute an action, such as writing, it becomes all jumbled.

With a lot of kids who have dysgraphia, fine and gross motor skills can be delayed.  So, getting them into activities that help develop their dexterity and motor skills can be very beneficial.  Some of the things that have really helped my son have been typing practice, drawing, working with his hands (clay is great).  He is also in martial arts, and we have seen great improvement through that as well.  He loves building models and working with legos as well.

And we encourage him to write, as much as possible.  Even if what he is writing maybe wrong, he still writes.  And we have seen a ton of progress that way as well.  He is actually a very talented writer, and has an incredible grasp of vocabulary.  But the boy can't spell to save his life, and he still flips letters and numbers around.  He wrote an essay lastyear about his struggles with writing, and it really was impressive.  His teacher asked to keep it, because she was just so impressed with how well versed he was with his writing, even though a great deal of it was plagued with spelling and grammar errors.

We have had a very hard time getting an actual diagnosis for him though.  We have spent years trying to get him help with in the schools and through specialists.  Unfortunately, Dysgraphia is not a common diagnosis or at least that has been our experience.  And when they test him, his symptoms are not severe enough to qualify for intervention.  He is 11 now and still flips letters backwards, I have had to fight with his teachers over the years, because they claim it is because he is lazy.

His language arts and reading teachers last year really rallied with him, and that made a huge difference.  They helped him develop little techniques to help him along.  With Math, we found that he does better if he uses the eraser end of a pencil to tap against the table while he is working on a problem.  Some how the tapping keeps him better focused and inables him to work out his answers more thuroughly.

With writing, he will write out a rubric on his own to keep him paced and on track.  He marks off on the rubric what he has completed.  These visual aids really help him

Reading he has always done well with, but he is a slow reader.  He however has always maintained about a 98% reading comprehension. 

This year is the first year he has not had an RTI in place which is a Response To Intervention, where his progress is not monitored.  This is because he has been doing really well on his own, so far.  He is maintaining As and Bs this year, and he has become far more independent when it comes to homework and studying.  He also buddied up with a student who tends to do a lot better in school, and this buddy has gone a long way towards helping DS out and keeping him encouraged.

I can certainly attest that my son is in no way lazy.  He is probably the most diligent of my 4 kids.  And he is extremely bright, he absorbs information where ever he can, and he really excels at Social Studies and Sciences.  His biggest struggles are with Language Arts and Math.  But we are definitely seeing improvement in him.

Alyssasmommy412
by Silver Member on Mar. 20, 2013 at 9:13 PM

She could have a learning disabiltity, you should talk to her teacher about your concerns and see if you can get her tested, not sure what the rules are where you are where I grew up it was done by a Psychologist, it may be able to done by the school counselor if  not her then the school Psychologist. Good luck

norahsmommy
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 12:14 PM
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by on Mar. 21, 2013 at 12:22 PM
I personally have what is called dycalculia(I think I spelled it right. Lol). You would have to google it, its the "math version" of dyslexia, but it covers a lot more than just math. It seems like she might have a disorder. I would get her checked out. What other symptoms does she have. Because the number thing is like me. They "swim" across the page per-say. Is she good with direction? Can she read an analog clock? Is she good at writing?(like making up things, and knowing the definitions of words) What about names? Is she good with names?
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norahsmommy
by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Bad with names. She can't remember them and she frequently doesnt recognize them when she is reading. She is always asking me " what's this word?" When it's a name. She doesn't capitalize named or beginnings of sentences. She can sometimes read an analog clock but sometimes starts from the wrong side. She is terrible with left and right and also with things like 'day before yesterday' or ' day after Tommorow'. She has no idea what you are talking about.


Quoting AubreeG16:

I personally have what is called dycalculia(I think I spelled it right. Lol). You would have to google it, its the "math version" of dyslexia, but it covers a lot more than just math. It seems like she might have a disorder. I would get her checked out. What other symptoms does she have. Because the number thing is like me. They "swim" across the page per-say. Is she good with direction? Can she read an analog clock? Is she good at writing?(like making up things, and knowing the definitions of words) What about names? Is she good with names?

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by Platinum Member on Mar. 21, 2013 at 1:31 PM
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by on Mar. 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I have all that stuff too(well im older so its a little better for me.) I would definitly get her checked out.


Quoting norahsmommy:

Bad with names. She can't remember them and she frequently doesnt recognize them when she is reading. She is always asking me " what's this word?" When it's a name. She doesn't capitalize named or beginnings of sentences. She can sometimes read an analog clock but sometimes starts from the wrong side. She is terrible with left and right and also with things like 'day before yesterday' or ' day after Tommorow'. She has no idea what you are talking about.


Quoting AubreeG16:

I personally have what is called dycalculia(I think I spelled it right. Lol). You would have to google it, its the "math version" of dyslexia, but it covers a lot more than just math. It seems like she might have a disorder. I would get her checked out. What other symptoms does she have. Because the number thing is like me. They "swim" across the page per-say. Is she good with direction? Can she read an analog clock? Is she good at writing?(like making up things, and knowing the definitions of words) What about names? Is she good with names?



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by Platinum Member on Mar. 23, 2013 at 10:59 PM
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by Emerald Member on Mar. 24, 2013 at 12:40 AM

Hi & welcome to the group,
I don't know enough to tell you but I would think your pdi can point you in the right direction.
Am sure there are some tests that can be one.
Here is a group that may also be of help.  .. Children with special needs.
Good luck & let us know what you find out :)

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