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Posted by Sarah on October 19, 2000 at 03:26:15:

In Reply to: Re: Reading and writing posted by Darla Strickland on October 17, 2000 at 18:44:08:

: : Hi

: : I was wondering if epilepsy and or medications can hinder a child's ability to learn to read and write. My son is having great difficulties and has for some time. I would be interested to hear comments? Thanks in advance. Sarah

: :::My son also has epilepsy and difficulties with reading, memorization, copying from book to paper, etc. His doctor says the two are not related, but I can't help but feel there is some sort of connection. None of my other children have seizures or difficulties in school. I've read lots of postings from parents who notice a difference in their children's abilities after they begin having seizures. Right now my son's medication controls his seizures pretty well, but I would really like to find something to help with his cognitive skills. Do you or anyone else out there have any information you have found helpful in this area? Thanks!

hi Darla

I have been using the "Extra Lesson program" - which is a Steiner based program. My boy has been on it for a term and the idea behind it (basically) is using various strengthening exercises to help him with his concentration, reading and writing- you know wiring up certain areas of the brain. In other words it is back to basics, he goes once a week and their are excercises to do at home. He is also seeing an osteopath (only done one session so far - can't hurt). To be honest it hasn't done much for his reading yet but he is certainly using his language better and is more co-ordinated. I'll keep you posted on what happens. Sarah

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