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monkey3 12-04-2006 08:58 AM

dyslexia - severe in 6.5 yo
Does anyone know of anywhere I can get information on the types of dyslexia out there? Sorry if I am on the wrong board, just a grieving aunt looking for some answers.


ozzybug 12-04-2006 12:03 PM

Re: dyslexia - severe in 6.5 yo
I can TOTALLY understand your concerns. My son, 12 years old is dyslexic. It's not at a debillitating level, but it does cause problems and we have to work really hard to keep things going smoothly in school. I know the sadness this causes for all concerned. I know people call it a learning disability, but really, if you look at it, it's truly a learning difference. I say this because children with dyslexia learn differently. They ARE able to learn and they ARE able to thrive and make good grades. The key thing is learning that you can't work against it. You must learn to work with it because usually, children with dyslexia are very bright and intelligent, but because of the dyslexia, their grades do not reflect their true intelligence.

I don't know where you live, but I found the most help in understanding my son's dyslexia through Dr. Mel Levine and the All Kinds of Minds Student Success Center in Chapel Hill, NC. I actually had my son screened there after having him screened by one of our local psychologists in the town we live in.

The main thing is making sure that modifications are in place at school. You will have to really stay on top of the schools to have them prepare and FOLLOW an IEP, Form 504, or whatever kind of alternative educational plan your state school system has. You nephew is entitled.

Be strong, be patient, and the very best of luck in helping your nephew. There is hope, and he can thrive, and he can accel. Don't give up! :) You might want to take a stroll over to the Learning Disabilities board to find some more information...

monkey3 12-05-2006 09:40 AM

Re: dyslexia - severe in 6.5 yo
thanks for your quick reply - I have a feeling from what my mother tells me it is quite severe - cannot read or write anything except jibberish. I will take a look at the learning disabilities board. Thanks for all the good info.
Good luck to you and your son.

reba47 01-07-2007 01:46 PM

Re: dyslexia - severe in 6.5 yo
My son has severe dyslexia. Let me say that dyslexia has a broad spectrum. It can be mild and hardly have any symptoms or severe and have multiple problems. I found a place at my states university hospital, they specialized in testing for learning disabilities. You can also use psychologist, Scottish Rite, and Sylvan Learning Centers. I would suggest that someone think seriously about homeschooling the child. I have been homeschooling 6 yrs. My mother has often helped me. The night mares that the child and parents will go thru with the school system are only beginning.

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