My son was born in 1981. When he began to talk I noticed the way he pronounceed certain thing but far from being concerned, I thought it cute and funny, like Shampoo, to him was Pashoo. Also, I began to wonderful if he weren’t brilliant as instead of asking for a Band-aid, he’d request a Damn-aid!
Upon entering the first grade I immediately became aware of all the marks on his school work by his teacher who was heavy handed with the red pen. I pulled a pile of like papers from his backpack and sat down to review them and see where I could help.
At first glance, nothing made sense but then something snapped, in the way the brain picks up information that the eye doesn’t really see. I grabbed his paper and ran to the bathroom, held it up to the mirror and sure enough…All the answers that were marked with red were not wrong at all, in fact they were all correct! The answers were written backwards!
I sat down with my son and a piece of paper. I wrote a simple sentence and asked him to copy what I had written. He began as I had instructed…with a tortured slowness, attempting to “DRAW” on the page what I had written and with a child’s typical huge print. He soon ran out of space and asked what he should do. I told him to drop to the line below and continue. Instead of continuing to the left hand margin, he dropped right below the last letter he had written and quick as lightening completed the sentence completely backwards!
I met with his teacher the next day and showed her his papers again. Soon, I was called to meet with the principle, his teacher and a special ed teacher. I was informed that they were going to fail him even though we had barely began the year and that they would put him in a special ED class (where they place the disciplinary problem children) and apologized that they just didn’t have any programs to address these problems.
For me, that was absolutely unacceptable. While he was sent to play in the corner as his teacher taught the other students, I took classes to certify as a home school teacher and purchased a first grade curriculum that was much more challenging than the schools.
I taught him at home the following year. I say taught him but what I did was actually help him to find his own way of learning. By the beginning of the next school year, we had moved and I placed him in main stream second grade without a word about his dyslexia. I wanted to give him the opportunity to succeed without bias.
He not only handled main stream classes but excelled! He was inducted into the honors societies that he maintained throughout high school and was often on the Deans list in college. He married his Jr. High sweetheart, had three beautiful daughters, served and excelled in the military, receiving both recognition and high awards. After completing his service, quickly became the Vice President of a Cyber Security Firm.
People with dyslexia are bright, brilliant, talented, successful and often good looking. Lol
If you have dyslexia or a child who does…your in great company. Google famous dyslexics. You’ll be amazed!
Alexander Graham Bell
John Lennon. Richard Branson. Charles schwab
The list Goes on & on