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Isabelle's Story

Posted on May 21, 2016 at 11:10 PM

Isabelle was diagnosed in 2nd grade after I noticed reading, writing and spelling was hard for her.   I noticed and I wanted better for her as Istruggled with all three things too as a kid.  The school was not overly concerned as she was a bright kid and was succeeding in everything else at school.  I would ask the teacher each year if they were noticing her struggling to read and they would tell me just read to her more....read, read read they would say.  I heard often some kids don't read until 3 or 4th grade.  My heart was telling me there was more going on.

I saw on FB through a friend a post on dyslexia so I clicked on the link to the Bright Solution’s website and watched the three videos, looked through the warning signs and definitions and just cried as I knew this was what I had.  What made it so emotional is I wish I could of had the label, resources, accommodations, and tutors to help me through my personal struggle.  

It's hard to go through life feeling lazy, not smart, like something isn't clicking but nobody knows why.  I didn't want that for Isabelle.  After realizing I had dyslexia I reached out to Melissa Garettson to help me and guide me so we together could give Isabelle s better life!

After testing and screening Isabelle was diagnosed with Dyslexia and is doing so much better with the help of her tutor Mrs. Cooper, who tutors her in our private school two days a week for an hour each day and throughout the summer.  Isabelle is thriving and I am blessed that BSS allows the tutor into the building during school hours so Isabelle can be a "normal" kid after school! After school she has time to play and do extra activities.

The biggest struggle for us these days is getting teachers educated and to fully understand dyslexia and the accommodations which are needed to help Isabelle's successes.  Each year I have to start over and explain Isabelle's story and what dyslexia is and  isn't and what she needs to succeed.  Dyslexia is very had to understand unless you live it!

 

Categories: Isabelle and Maya's Story

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