There was a time when I thought Logan might have a learning disability. He used to write all of his letters backwards. He would get agitated when it was time to do homework. And he even saw a commercial about dyslexia one time and said, "Mom, I think I have that." Since then, he has started writing most of his letters correctly, although he still writes from the bottom up instead of from the top down. And he is still only a "C" student, even though we know he's really smart.
There seems to be some kind of difficulty there, but none of his teachers have ever said anything about it. Although, we did have to give him an extra year between preschool and kindergarten. His preschool teachers recommended giving him another year. He did excellent in Pre-K. But then in Kindergarten he went back to being average and having issues again.
Now, his reading is getting better every day. But, he still gets agitated when doing homework. He's a bear to deal with! And he doesn't do well on tests, although if we ask him the questions that he missed, he can tell us the answer. Something seems to get lost between reading the question by himself and getting the answer onto the paper.
I wish we would have had someone come out when he was younger so that he could have gotten more help. Ohio is really good about offering programs for kids who need help. But, I think you have to start it before a certain age. He still has fine motor skill issues and some gross motor skill issues. And I think if we would have caught it earlier and gotten some extra help, he would be better now. And maybe they could have caught any other issues as well.
Logan has always been an auditory learner and I'm surprised he reads as well as he does. But, you can tell that he's so focused on reading the words that he might not always understand what's going on. We're still working on reading with the correct inflections and pausing at the correct moments. Sometimes, he starts to read and will read two or three sentences together as if there is no period. I'm trying to tell him that he has to pay attention to the punctuation as well as reading the words. I think because of that, he really dislikes reading comprehension. I think it's because he finds it so hard to focus on the story and read the words at the same time. Make sense?
Although I don't think he's dyslexic, I do think there might be something going on that he could use extra help with. I've been reading about the orton gillingham method, which is for dyslexia, but can help all readers. From what I've read it takes a multi-sensory approach to teaching spelling, reading and writing. That might be better for him since he is an auditory learner. I think there are schools in which the teachers have gone through special orton gillingham training. I was trying to find any kind of books on it to read more. I'm sure there are also other books out there on different approaches.
Have you guys ever been through this with any of your kids? Do any of his symptoms sound familiar? Did you have to send your kids to one of the special schools for learning disabilities? If so, did it help?
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