Raising and educating kids with dyslexia

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Speech/language screening

preschool reportThe report that I mentioned in my last blog post didn’t take that long to find! Over the years I have had to supply copies of reports related to my children’s testing to neuropsychologists, educators and others and so I have been meticulous about keeping and filing all paperwork. And, as we moved house last summer, I had already eliminated a lot of junk.

At preschool, my daughter received occupational therapy screening and speech/language screening when she was three years old, and again at four years old. Interestingly, even at that young age her strengths and weaknesses were becoming apparent. Although, it is easy to say this with hindsight. For example, the occupational therapy screening highlighted that my daughter demonstrated particular strengths in construction skills. And these skills have continued to be an area of strength throughout her educational testing. In terms of weakness, the speech/language screening highlighted articulation difficulties with speech sound errors, leaving off word endings i.e. plurals, and omitting some words. Speech and language difficulties fit right in with a diagnosis of dyslexia and these difficulties became more apparent as my daughter got older.

On the report, the speech/language pathologist recommended monitoring and rescreening for speech and language development. I don’t think I followed up with that! In fact, I know I didn’t. I didn’t really take a lot of notice because I thought any speech errors would correct themselves. After all, my daughter was only three years old!

Being encouraged to show off

Hearing words of encouragement whether you’re dyslexic, or the parent of a child with dyslexia can make a huge difference to your outlook on life. It can turnaround your life and make the future much brighter.

From the first day of attending The Carroll School that specializes in teaching children with dyslexia my daughter she came home a different child. They understood she needed to hear that children with dyslexia are smart and this is what they told her. This encouragement was the beginning of my daughter becoming confident in herself and her abilities, and being hopeful and optimistic about her future.

The experience I had when my son, who also has dyslexia, required speech services, was completely different. His difficulties with speaking were constantly reinforced. After every session the speech therapist would tell me what he could not do and say. I thought he would never be able to speak! So, I decided to change to a different service provider and speech therapist. On our first meeting with the new speech therapist I tentatively asked if he would ever be able to speak clearly. “Of course he will,” she told me in a casual and blasé way, walking off holding my son’s hand, seemingly totally unaware of my angst. It was obviously of no question or concern to her that my son’s speech would be a continuing problem. Her encouragement changed my attitude completely. Our twice-weekly speech sessions were no longer filled with dread. I could see a brighter future coming. I became hopeful and optimistic. She was right, too. My son is now an articulate speaker.