Being a mom who prided herself on her first daughter reading at age four, imagine my surprise when one of my children really struggled with learning to read. I will never forget the day the dyslexic evaluator told us told us that our child has dyslexia and that it’s one of the most profound cases she had seen in 25 years of evaluating.
God does have a way of humbling us I already suspected this but it is different when you hear those words from someone else. Thoughts run through your mind like what does the future hold for them?? What could I have done differently?? Did I do something during pregnancy that caused this? etc, etc, etc.
Instead of listening to the enemy of doubts, I said “No.” I know God has a future for my child.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
God promises that. I needed to rest in that.
I delved into finding out about as much as I could about dyslexia. In my search I discovered the following.
A brain-based difference associated with specific challenges that affect reading, spelling, and other school skills. Dyslexia is a language-processing disorder that also impacts directionality and the ability to memorize random facts. Dyslexia is inherited. Warning signs of dyslexia start to appear as early as age 1. A child can be accurately tested for dyslexia as early as age 5. Dyslexia-related differences also predispose to certain skills, talents, and remarkable abilities.
– Dyslexia is hereditary.
– It is NOT rare. One in five people have dyslexia. Dyslexia can be mild to profound.
– Children with dyslexia CAN read, BUT they have to use different strategies.
– Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin.
– The reading, spelling, and writing failure caused by dyslexia is preventable and fixable by teaching them using an Orton-Gillingham-based system.
I look forward to sharing my continued journey about dyslexia with you.
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