February 10, 2011

Day 5: My Little Strugglers: When Dyslexia Reared its Ugly Head


Explode the Code has done wonders for Xander. He is finally reading fantastic chapter books like Nate the Great and Amelia Bedelia. Amelia Bedelia has been two-fold because he has Autism and is very "literal" in discussion and thought. Amelia Bedelia is also literal. She looks at the list left for her and sees "dust the furniture" and she uses (face) dusting powder to make sure they are good and dusty. When it gets to the part where the Mr. & Mrs. come home and find all of the things Amelia has done and they go through what should have happened it makes him laugh and he "gets" it.

My dear Milan has been a bit more tricky. Letters are not pleasant and I could not figure out why the Explode the Code primers were not working for her until...

She read the book "My Five Senses" by Aliki. She struggles through most of it but we're taking our time. It was then I started making notes on the two and three letter words she was having trouble with. See if you see what I saw:

In her mind to and of were the same. to = of, and if it she was corrected she did not understand why!

This was the same as one and out and own. This was especially noted with one and out.

There was the trouble with both letters and numbers. After all, you would expect issues with early readers when it came to letters and numbers such as 6 and 9,-- b and d, --m and n, --p, q, and g. However, we're upside-down and backwards with much more than the standard mistakes.

The solution? She has to look at the letters and tell me what she sees. I have her write it down so I can see it the way she does. The reading must go line to line, individually without any other sentences around them. You can take a piece of paper, cut out a strip the size of each sentence and work through the page that way. It lessens the confusion. When she writes down what she sees I can then explain the pattern of her letters to her.

We'll be working on this for a while I suspect.

Tell me, what methods have worked for you and your struggler(s)?


Barb said...

I read the book, The Gift of Dyslexia by Ron Davis. Changed our whole outlook and my sons reading. I don't use the clay for everything. I use alot of hands on though. Because Dyslexics see in pictures our spelling has a picture for every word. Anyway made me a believer in his methods!!

No Ordinary Me said...

This is my first time here. I have enjoyed reading some these posts. I am in a similar boat. I wish I had tips to share.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever checked out AVKO? It has worked wonders with my dyslexic son. When he was in 4th grade he was reading at a first grade level. We tried 4 different reading programs and he never progressed. Until we did AVKO spelling in three months he was reading at a forth grade level.

He's now in 8th grade and always is reading, but he is not excited about reading novels. His passion is history. Some great books are the eyewitness and DK books lots of info in small chunks and great pictures. If I feel that he needs to "read" a novel. We listen to a recording.

He is also has dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and auditory dyslexia.

Dysgraphia was improved by cursive writing.

Auditory dyslexia is still a work in progress short lists and have him repeat back.

Dyscalculia (math)- We are still working on this his brain just works differently.

He's great at puzzles, models, carving, lego structures, computer games, and remembering historical and scientific facts among many other things.

The wonderful thing about homeschool is that he doesn't realize that he has a "learning disorder". It happened to be mentioned a few month ago that a boy had dyslexia and he asked what it was. I explained to him that he sees letters different and can't read--just like you. He was offended because he reads just fine! We never gave him the label so he had no idea. He pointed out that everyone in our family learns different (all 5 kids) and he's right.