dyslexia awareness month

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I am really happy to share with you that October is Dyslexia awareness month. If you read some of my previous post about why we chose to homeschool ( here, here & here) then you know that dyslexia is a part of our lives. Both me and my son are dyslexic and it is something that has presented some true challenges over the years. I grew up in a time when children with learning and reading issues were assumed to be “late bloomers” or were defiant and didn’t read because of a lack of paying attention. Fortunately for my son, we know so much more now.

It’s not been easy to teach him to read (he is profoundly dyslexic) but I am proud to say that he is reading pretty fluently and on a first grade level. I remind my son often that despite my being dyslexic, I earned a PhD and have been a successful college professor for 20+ years so dyslexia doesn’t mean you aren’t smart or that you will not be successful, it means you learn to read differently and we have to find what approach works for you. (And we have been successful with this, there are some excellent options available!)

If you are concerned that you child may have ADHD, ADD, or any other attention related problem, I encourage you to explore the possibility that they may be dyslexic. Dyslexia can give the appearance of not being focused or an inability to maintain their attention on a task. Dyslexia is an oft overlooked problem that if neglected can have profound negative consequences on their lives.

Being dyslexic does not mean that you have an impaired IQ, in fact you may be surprised to learn that Albert Einstein was dyslexic! Here is a list of famous people who are dyslexic.

If you ever have questions about dyslexia, how to help a dyslexic child learn to read, or if you are looking for resources I’m happy to answer any of your questions. You can contact me here. I also maintain a Pinterest board with information for both dyslexia and dysgraphia here!

Happy Wordless Wednesday!