I am writing on behalf of my brother. My brother is 55 years old, black, and was born dyslexic. Extreme poverty, race and family dynamics kept him from being correctly diagnosed until a few years ago. At this point he can only read on a second or third grade level. When he was small, my mother was told that he was “retarded” and could not learn and later on educators and our community simply treated him as if he was stupid or lazy. He is desperate to learn to read. And I am desperate to help him. He has worked with several tutors and volunteers with no success.
We have a 14-year-old son. I am searching for a neuropsychologist in my area that has experience with young people who may have developed compensation for various dyslexic conditions; his reading comprehension is strong and he is very articulate but he struggles mightily in math and science and simply cannot write. While he has been on an IEP for years, it’s basically useless because we don’t really know what is going on.
One of our goals on DyslexiaHelp is to increase understandings about the potential of those with dyslexia. This month we are featuring stories about engaging students in learning and building self-advocacy skills through topics of interest that utilize their strengths.
The holiday season is upon us and school’s out for winter break. Getting out of our routine can offer opportunity, as well as challenge. Here are some tips to deal with some of the challenges and embrace the opportunities.
I recently returned from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) annual conference, which was excellent. One of the talks I attended was using Vision Therapy (VT) as a treatment for dyslexia. That same day I had a question from a parent on VT pop into my DyslexiaHelp in-box.