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!
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