Four of my six children have learning disabilities/dyslexia. One of them has engaged his struggle from a young age, and learned how his brain learns. Although he will always struggle, he has leaned in and engaged his brain. He is finishing his undergrad and starting grad school. My other three young adult sons, ages 24,21,16, have not engaged their disabilities and they continue to avoid seeking help. Two of them are in college, feeling defeated and not sure how they will graduate. My 16 year old is struggling in 11th grade getting further and further behind. My husband, their father, has the same learning disability with dyslexia, and he is an MD, PhD. He is the example of working hard to figure out your own brain. My main question: how do we keep them encouraged, and help them own their own learning style? My husband has tried his very best to guide and teach them. Do you know of any conferences, seminars, tangible interactive groups that they could participate in? A place to learn how to pick up all these "tools" for success? Like a summer class? We do not live near any of the dyslexic schools, but do any of these schools hold "learning camps?" I have looked through your information pages about the apps, and picked out a few good ones for my sons. I am hoping to find a place to send these boys, where they can talk with leaders/teachers/speakers to feel heard and encouraged. Does this make sense?

Dr. Pierson's Response: 

Well, your children certainly have a good role model in their dad, but I understand that a parent may not always be the 'right' person to mentor -- when you are a kid....

The IDA annual conference might be a good place to start. There are always people there who have dyslexia. Saturday is typically earmarked for students with dyslexia. These folks are all about the strengths of those with dyslexia. I don't know if you can get a hold of anyone there. I have a lot of Success Stories here. And my friend, Dr. Michael Ryan, has a lot of advice.

Those are some thoughts I have for you. I do think experiencing your strengths is one of the best anecdotes for these students. I do know how challenging that can be when every day you are hit in the face with your struggles at school.