Patient Comments: Dyslexia - Personal Experience

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Do you or your child have dyslexia? Please describe what it's like and how you cope. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: MarthaBT, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 20

In 1969, my son was diagnosed with dyslexia. Fortunately, his teacher taught children with learning disabilities. As part of the special learning process, the first thing she had him do was to learn to crawl on the floor. This was to help with coordination. Another exercise was to have the students make as many marks as they could across the blackboard. My son made his marks with both hands. He was ambidextrous but settled on his left hand to write with. He had a very difficult time in school, but he finally graduated from high school.

Comment from: polly S., 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 24

My son has dyslexia, and my husband is treating him with ADD (attention deficit disorder) medicine. I am saddened my son is drugged because of his learning difference.

Comment from: therese90, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I searched for dyslexia and I found this article directed towards children. I am an adult that has lived a life of probably being undiagnosed. So I find this a bit upsetting this really is directed to children. I have a lot to learn and wonder why this illness is not more specific for adults and children.

Comment from: ANNE, 13-18 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 08

My son aged 13 has been diagnosed with dyslexia since he was aged 10. I knew for a long time that he had difficulty as he has great problems with reading writing and math. He also has difficulty with sequencing of events: times, days of the week, and months of the year. He has just started secondary school and is finding the transition very difficult.

Comment from: Katie, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I was in second grade, when they final told me what was wrong with me or at else thats how I felt. I had already been held back. I always felt different. I saw and heard things others didn't but I didn't get what they were talking about. Now my dyslexia affects me in all of the 4 ways hearing, seeing, speech, reading/writing. Now it sounds crazy but we people with dyslexia are some of the smartest people we just have to work harder. Now I didn't always believe that but now I am starting to. Dyslexia doesn't make you dumb. As a parent you can freak out or talk with your child ask how they feel about all of this. And before putting them trough more help or in another program ask them if they want to do it. Help them find something they are really good at and have them do it and praise them for it. Also help them fight for their dreams. DON"T make it all about school and the dyslexia. Make them see how wonderful they are.But talk to them all the time about what they are going through and their feelings. If you have any other questions about dyslexia or how to live throuhgh it or what helped me please ask.

Comment from: JMSM, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 14

My grandson was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was about 6 years old. He has been failing in school, acts out, and behaves as if he doesn't care about anything until recently. My daughter has been told by his teachers that his doctor is the one who should test him, but the doctor said it is his teacher that does the testing. What are we to do to help him?

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