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The beginning of our families journey

Posted on April 22, 2016 at 3:30 PM

Our families journey begins like so many others, yet we weren't aware at the time. My hope is that my sharing our story it may help others experiencing the same or similar journey. It has taken 7 1/2 years of searching for answers and tutoring to figure out our son is dyslexic....We didn't find this out through testing or the school system... we read a 4 sentence "ad" in our local paper that highlighted common symptoms of dyslexia and cried when we realized our problem now had a name. With a name we can fix the problem!

Our youngest son struggled from an early age, he was born with a dislocated elbow and had a cast for about the first 6 weeks of his life.  As he grew he struggled with crawling, which was attributed to the early elbow issue.  He walked late, had trouble moving food in his mouth to eat and struggled to talk.  We sought help when he was about 9 months old and began occupational therapy at that time.  We taught him basic sign language so he could communicate basic needs and worked hard to help him learn to speak.  He began speech therapy around age 2 and the only people who could understand him when he spoke was our immediate family, myself, his dad, brother and sister.  His grandparents asked us to "interpret" for them until around age 5.  He had FREQUENT ear infections...I barely remember a month we didn't take have him on antibiotics!

In preschool he was very social, loved attending and the teachers always had wonderful things to say.  He was a big helper and worked hard...but he wasn't catching on with letters, his alphabet and pronouncing words.  We were told "boys sometimes take longer" and "he'll be fine".  He loved to be read to and could "read" to us...when in fact he had memorized the book because we had read it to him so many times.  He finished 2 years of preschool and the teacher told me she didn't think he was ready for kindergarten...we agreed with her. His birthday is in June so he would be a young kindergarten student, we seriously considered holding him back a year.

Our district holds screenings for kindergarten and I signed him expecting to be told he needed to wait a year.  He was continuing speech therapy at this time through the early intervention program at the same school.  Imagine my surprise when the screener came out with him with a big smile and said "he passed mom! he'll do great"  I couldn't believe my ears....I knew he couldn't answer the screening questions reliably in spite of weeks of practice...yes we PRACTICED for the kindergarten screening...

And so our journey would begin that fall with kindergarten.  I hired a tutor for the summer again....we had him tutored between age 3-4 and 4-5 hoping by repeating basic phonics, sounds and so forth he would improve and be successful in kindergarten.  If only we knew then what we know now...our sons story would be very different.

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