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Old 10-11-2010, 05:06 PM   #1
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Dyslexia or Autism?

I have a son aged 11, 12 end of this month - really struggles with school especially with any changes and as for for self organisation is a real problem (common I'm told in dyslexic people, my hsband is the same and he also has dyslexia).

He takes a lot of support, and has the lowest self esteem I have met, constantly calling himself thick or stupid when he gets anything wrong. He receives the highest support awarded for behaviour support a school can get in mainstream school.

we have had him tested for ADHD by a top specialist at the John Radcliffe in oxford and was ruled out but was told he had an IQ of 110 at aged 9 which i'm told is slightly higher than normal. as a result this explains his lack of concentration in class often complaining of being bored. only changing when either doing sport art, IT or Tech, assuming this is so as they are all hands on subjects.

we took him to an optician who does Orthorscopics. He was prescribed a blue lens - in the 1st term of school of wearing them at aged 9 he doubled his reading level. It was really amazing and his concentration improved. I hope this helps others.

My question to others out there is that where he has no difficulty making friends he struggles keeping them. e.g often misreading situations or not reading them at all and often ending in fights with his peers. When asked why he did what he did or said his reply is often " I was only joking" and "they didn't say they the didn't like it". Often getting labelled as a bully, yet he shows real remorse at upsetting another child or person after the event.

I was wondering would he also have any form of Autism too? is this something also effecting other people with dyslexia, or am I worrying too much or not enough. Any advise from others please.

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Old 11-16-2010, 11:15 AM   #2
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Re: Dyslexia or Autism?

Can I assume he has an ILP or IEP? Does that mention anything about his relationships / social skills? My son has one for Cerebal Palsy, but he has targets for helping to improve social skills also.
Two pieces of advice. Firstly go to his school and ask what they think about your concerns, could it be behavioural issues stemming from an undiagnosed autism? If no joy go to your GP.
I think considering his history and other issues your worrying just enough and even if its nothing, better to know that from a professional he has or has not got something than to go on struggling, there is alot of help out there.

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