Dyslexia (Reading Disorder)


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Comment from: Deb, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 27

My 10 year old son has SO much trouble spelling even though he is SO smart. We're already working with him for his Sensory Integration Disorder (Concerned Oldie - your description sounds exactly like my son) and ADHD. Both of those challenges have really come under control with Occupational Therapy and Concerta. I'm still so puzzled with his spelling, dysgraphia and he also has a mild speech problem (mostly R combos) and confusing words. He says Barnes and Normal instead of Barnes and Noble or Occasional Therapy instead of Occupational Therapy. I was almost in tears when I read the part in this article about using similar sounding words! I know there isn't a cure for it but just knowing what we are dealing with makes it easier! We live in an area now that doesn't have Occupational Therapy for kids and the speech therapy at the school is HORRIBLE. I am going to call his doctor tomorrow about getting him on a more aggressive program! Thanks for the great information!

Comment from: Been there Done that, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I was in the fourth grade when my parents were told I should be tested for dyslexia. By this time I was failing math and struggling with English, which I was very upset about. Many people are surprised when I say I have dyslexia. It sometimes feels that to have dyslexia is to be labeled as stupid or just too lazy to learn like the other “normal” students. I can remember a teacher making me cry because I used my figures to do "simple" math problems. I jump ahead of myself while writing long paragraphs or a short sentence. I am constantly checking and re-checking my work even now at the age of 24. While in grade school I was told I was taking to long to do, once again, “simple” tasks. I always read at my appropriate reading level, but when asked to read aloud in class I became easily confused by words I knew that I KNEW! Instead of paying attention to what was being read in class I was trying to predict when I would have to read so I could jump ahead to prepare myself before I had to read it to the class. Before I taught myself what to look for I became very good at fooling those around me into thinking I didn’t have any problems in class. For the most part I have it under control, but occasionally my symptoms will pop-up unexpectedly. For parents with dyslexic children or teachers who have students with dyslexia the best piece of advice I can offer is patience. I know that at times it can be hard, but just remember as frustrating as it is for you, it is twice as frustrating for the child. Dyslexia is something that with time, practice, and patience can be overcome or at least controlled; I am proof of that. While in college I was on the Dean’s List multiple times, won several writing awards, and was a member of the National Honor Society. To reiterate, dyslexia does not mean stupid, lazy, or any other negative label people associate with a learning disability; it just means those children need a little extra time and need to be in an environment where they are encouraged to do their best and are not expected to live up to the expectations of the “smart, normal” students.

Comment from: reginaw, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I found out that I have dyslexia. No one in my small town ever tested me and now I am 40 years old. People used to think I was slow. I am not dumb. I do understand things, I just can’t seem to get the right things down on paper and I have a hard time talking to people.

Comment from: rich1201, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I didn't discover I had dyslexia until I was in my 30's after watching an episode of The Cosby Show. The one Thing that gets me is there is 3 types of dyslexia and no one seems to care to know about the other 2: The three types are: 1) reading / writing 2) seeing (comprehending) / hearing /speaking 3) all the above / including some of the letters look alike, taking letters out or adding letters. I happen to have the 3rd one, and some days are better than others. I grew up in a small town and was slow learning everything. The other kids/people, and teachers treated me as if I was mentally slow. My mom knew otherwise, of course that also meant that I never had a summer to play I was mostly in school 365 day in the year minus snow days. Regular school/ summer school, heck at one time even night school. After my mom died I got lost in life till a childhood friend stepped in and somehow got me tested, not for dyslexia but just grade tested I was a freshman doing 3rd grade work (which was the time my mom died). The school therapist told to my dad about getting me into special education but he refused. Somehow with or without permission I got in to special education and went from an F- student to a C- student. I hope no child has to go that far before they are diagnosed. Small towns should be checked as well as the city schools should be. After my 12 years of "HELL" I cannot even face going back to school to better myself.

Published: November 30

My granddaughter is 6 and in first grade. She is a bright active little girl, but her parents think she may be dyslexic. She transposes her numbers, but can recognize them. She also transposes her letters, some but not all. I think this is common for young children. Her teacher has never said anything. I advised my daughter to talk to her teacher. She can read but does it slowly and misses her spelling words because she switches letters. Her sister does very well in school and I just don't want her to be labeled because she isn't in the top of her class right now. She isn't all that interested in her spelling or reading. She doesn't think missing a few is any big deal, even though her parents do. I don't want to jump the gun and put her through tests, if this is just a normal phase she will grow out of. There is no family history of dyslexia on either side of her family.


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