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Embracing Our Child’s Dyslexia

Not too very long ago, I was worried if I was failing my children. If you’re a homeschool parent, then you can appreciate my self-doubt. Will they ever learn to read? Will they read for entertainment, or merely to gain information they need in their daily lives?

I remember when I was a little girl, my Daddy wouldn’t ever read to me. I didn’t see him reading books or the newspaper. It wasn’t until I became a young adult that I realized that my daddy was illiterate. He only had a 6th-grade education. He was an incredibly loving man and worked as hard as he could to provide for my momma and me. He was an auto body repairman, even owning his own shop. Yet, he couldn’t read.

I didn’t want that to be MY children, ever.


We were working on copy work one day, and our sweet oldest son had an absolute meltdown. It took him nearly an hour to write TWO sentences. He was in ugly tears, and I was at my breaking point. It was a truly a come to Jesus moment in our homeschool. Something NEEDED to change, but what. I was petrified that I was making the same mistake with my children, as the public school system made with my daddy all those years ago.

On another day, we were watching a show on Disney when Bella Thorne was doing a “commercial” about dyslexia. Our then 7-year-old son came running to me, full speed, into the other room. “MOMMIE, MOMMIE!!!!! THIS IS IT, THIS IS ME!!!!!!”

DyslexiaI had a friend at that time whose son also has dyslexia. She gave me the name and number of an educational psychologist. After contacting the educational psychologist, it was confirmed that our son is, in fact, dyslexic.

“So now what do we do?”, I thought.

I read many online articles and books regarding dyslexia. I wanted to know how to help him understand how his brain processes his world.

Dyslexia is not a reading or learning disorder, rather, it’s the way his brain processes information. It’s not just seeing or writing letters backward, it goes much deeper than that. Every person with dyslexia may display different symptoms. For our son, dyslexia affects his comprehension and his handwriting, as well as the way he sees words. We’ve learned that this happens more often when he is fatigued.

We listen to a LOT of audiobooks. I have been told so many times by seasoned homeschoolers, it’s not HOW they get the information, just that they GET it. Of course, he has books that he reads, magazine subscriptions that he enjoys and he reads his Bible every day. It just takes him a little longer because of the way he is processing the information and we’re okay with that.

Most folks with dyslexia have above average intelligence. We’ve noticed this, very early on with our son. He’s incredibly smart and very creative. He’s a great photographer and an excellent knife smith. History is easily his favorite subject. He’s compassionate, empathetic, kind, and responsible. We don’t see dyslexia as anything other than an amazing gift.Dyslexia

Famous Folks with Dyslexia:

Stephen Spielberg
Albert Einstein
Henry Winkler
Magic Johnson
Pablo Picasso
Tim Tebow
Jamie Oliver
Erin Brockovich
Steve Jobs

Just to name a few.

**If you suspect that your child has dyslexia, there is help available. You don’t have to navigate this journey alone. There are resources available to help you give your child the best possible chance at learning how to successfully navigate dyslexia. **

*Resources:
If you’re local to me, you may want to try Tutor Eau Claire.

The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
Informative website for parents and educators.

DyslexiaBright Solutions for 
Developed by Susan Barton, an international expert on dyslexia.

 




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