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Posted by Darla Strickland on October 23, 2000 at 17:13:02:

In Reply to: Re: Reading and writing - message for Darla posted by Sarah on October 19, 2000 at 03:26:15:

: : : 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
I'm interested to see how this program works for your son. Do you go someplace for these sessions, or is it done through the school? We live out in the middle of nowhere, so that kind of limits our options. Right now, I'm in the process of having a comprehensive blood test and fatty acid test done on my son through the Bodybio Corporation. It's supposed to show anything that's out of the normal ranges in about twenty different areas, then they help you correct it through diet, supplements, amino acids, oils, electrolytes, etc. Don't know if it will help or not, but it won't hurt, and who knows, I might have stumbled upon something really amazing! For now, we just work really hard with reading, etc. and try to keep his attitude positive and his self-esteem high, because we know they both take a beating at school! I'll keep ya posted! Darla

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