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Name: Jennifer Farler
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If someone could give me more information on the symptoms of dyslexia I would sooo appreciate it. I have contacted the school, but they keep trying to dismiss my claims. He has the hardest time with reading and reading comprehension. I dont know who else to contact for help. They just keep telling me he has a language based learning disability. Isn't that what dyslexia is?
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Name: sandra | Date: Mar 3rd, 2006 1:06 PM
Try asking the school to test him for dyslexia. They do it when they are in year reception. I am in the same boat at you my seven year old took ten minites to read two pages with two small sentences this morning. he seems relly trying to read it but just can,t its words like was for and this that he can,t read.

let me know how you get on and maybe we can share some tips


Name: Pamela | Date: Mar 5th, 2006 1:12 AM
If you use colored paper like pastels it will assist the child in reading and writing better...Also minamize background noise 

Name: Lynn | Date: Mar 18th, 2006 4:26 AM
HI Jennifer,
I also think my son has dyslexia. You should research Susan Barton of Bright Solutions (brightsolutions.com). She has wonderful VHS tapes about the symptoms of dyslexia, testing, and classroom modifications. Most schools will not test for dyslexia specifically, only a "learning disability." The problem with this is that it is impossible for the school to develop the right modifications for your son without a specific diagnosis. If they tell you there are not test for dyslexia, th ey're wrong. There isn't ONE specific test, but a series of test will be given to determine if it is dyslexia. If he does have severe dyslexia, he will not be able to read beyond the 4th grade level without the proper reading instruction. You might consider looking into the Orton-Gillingham method. It is a method which uses a mulit-sensory method to teach. The earlier you intervene-the faster he will catch up and can even surpass his peers.
There is a free online test call the DORE which is often advertised on this site.
I wish you the best of luck. Stay strong and get a specific diagnosis for him. Once you have the diagnosis-demand the proper modifications be listed on his IEP and followed through by each classroom teacher he has and will have. 

Name: Lynn | Date: Mar 18th, 2006 4:34 AM
Some symptoms of dyslexia:
(I am sure you can find many more on the internet, but here are some that come to mind)
difficulty learing how to tell time using hands on a clock,
difficulty learing the days of the week and the months of the year on order,
difficulty learning multiplication facts
difficulty learing how to tie shoes,
took longer to determine a dominant hand
often writes with big spaces or letters all smashed together
writes in an awkward manner-usually keeping the thumb on the outside of the hand,
late to speak,
difficulty reading, writing, spelling
may study hard and learn all spelling words, but forgets right after test 

Name: Lynn | Date: Mar 18th, 2006 4:43 AM
I had the website wrong. It isn't bright solutions.com....it is

Name: Joyce | Date: Apr 4th, 2006 12:12 AM
Come on girl - it's not a label you need, it's practical help! I don't want to throw the cat among the pigeons by discussing the pros and cons of 'dyslexia' but while you wait for that label your poor child continues to fall behind!

Let me help you. I have been fighting the system for nearly 4 years to get my son some reading help. Eventually, I bit the bullet and had him both assessed and tutored privately. All a waste of money!

Every poor reader needs a little red book called Toe by Toe by Keda Cowling, coupled with someone who cares enough to spend 10-20 minutes a day sounding out little exercises with them. 2 months of using this book and my son is now a star! He's 9, and started off 20 months behind with his reading and is now 20 AHEAD - and he is still only 2/3 of the way through.

He was never labelled as stupid as verbally his IQ was just fine. I only wish that someone had steered me towards that little book 4 years ago it would have saved me up to 3 hours every night trying to do homeworks, and millions of tears.

Please try it. Good luck to you and your precious son. 

Name: amy | Date: May 8th, 2006 2:43 PM
yes that is you want to have the school test him and then ask for it to be put in his information so when he goes to high school for if he leaves that school he can get help 

Name: oLD BOARD COMMENTS | Date: May 14th, 2006 2:10 AM
Name: marie23 Date: 06/21/2005 16:49:54

I can only recommend that you read up on the disorder as much as you possibly can. You can help your son by knowing as much as there is to know on the subject.
Name: Penny Date: 07/03/2005 15:33:27

One of my best friends has a very high IQ. Because of this she the school didn't pick up on he dyslexia until she was in 10th grade. She knew all the material but would fail tests or get low test grades. The change in test modifications- oral exams- made a huge difference. Suddenly her scores began to show her knowledge.

In my school district there is SEPTA- special ed. parent teacher association. It has speakers on different dissabilities and has information for families so they can help their children. Check with your district.
Name: Jennifer Date: 07/25/2005 02:46:45

I have dyslexia, I have found over the years that I do better if I take the oral. what happen is that you eyes,brain, and hands do not work at the same time. So you can get some at point a the eyes but it dose not get to point b the brain and so point c is left just out there. I have also found that sign language help me. There is also a book I hear of call the art of dyslexia just find the way he learn better, I'm not sure what grade he in but try to get a study time at school where he can get so more help and more time for him to work the things he need.
Name: angie Date: 08/18/2005 09:50:05

I have found a program called the davis dyslexia correction program that is reported to help dyslexics.I have enrolled my son into the program that uses the wilson orton-gillingham multisensory program. With the Davis program I can be trained to help my son correct or use his dyslexia gift to his benefit. The other program does not offer a certification program .Has anyoneexperienced either program and can give me any feed back as to the effectiveness.thankyou
Name: Mom of 3 Date: 08/22/2005 23:56:00

I am dyslexic and have had a very productive life and have a post graduate doctoral degree. Is the problem with reading? If it is, I would have him use his finger to follow the reading. Sometimes it would help me to read aloud and also take notes in the margin as I got older. I was not formally diagnosed until the age of 40, I was often labeled lazy. My test scores would run beteen the 20's on areas I was affected and then in the mid to upper 90's in others. No one figured it out, I'd be greatful to know if I were him. It is likely that he is intelligent and has other gifts. Encourage his strenghs. To this day, I cannot spell well, somethiing not to good for a person in my positon, thank God for spell checker!!
Name: anonymous Date: 08/31/2005 21:24:14

my friends daughter has it and it is really frusterating for her. remember to always tell your son that he is NOT dumb.
Name: notts county Date: 09/14/2005 16:03:37

i have got dislaexita and i am becuz i am been tested of it
Name: belinda edwards Date: 09/24/2005 20:17:59

im dyslexic and they picked it up in the 2nd grade. I had ld classes all my life and at the end of it all i was told by my high school counselor that all i would be good for is to work for Mc Donalds . The only support Ive had sll my live was my parents and now im 40 years old and took many classes to help my reading and spelling and still only read at a 5th grade level and a shift manager for Dollar General
Name: james Date: 09/29/2005 08:09:20

Name: Heledd Chaloner Date: 10/18/2005 15:47:47

heya! im 15 and Dyslexic. My concentration and learning abilities were small although i have a high IQ. These all improved when i picked up Taekwon do. Martial arts help hugely towards concentration mainly. Also i had a touter every saturday morning to teach me different learning techniques and although i dont go to her any longer i still use her meathods in all my lessons be it pe, drama, or maths.
Name: okok Date: 10/25/2005 13:42:50

my sister has that and when my mom and dad helped thay got her a computter orr what ever she need do not force him to read because he cant so let him do what he can
Name: Kevin J Barry Date: 01/16/2006 19:31:54

Hello I am 42 adult dyslexic looking for a chat room to tock in
Name: Barbara Date: 01/22/2006 13:47:48

The best book on Dyslexia is "Overcoming Dyslexia". It is on tape, if reading it is too difficult.
Name: justin Date: 02/18/2006 19:59:51

hello!!!!!!!! SUE
Name: Serina Date: 03/30/2006 22:43:33

I am Dyslexic for many years now I have learned that the more I read the better i can read. i use a book marker to keep my place I also heard they have found that colored reading glassed have helped many people. They test you and find out what color is most helpful to you. They also have eye exersizes that might help... they did not help me but everyone is diffrent.
Best of luck
Name: Joyce Date: 04/03/2006 19:07:21

My son was labelled as dyslexic at 7 years old with a reading age 20 months behind his chronological age. I had him tutored and he managed to keep up. Then I found a book on Amazon called Toe by Toe which taught him how to break down words into syllables. It has been a godsend and in 2 months my son went from being 20 months behind with his reading to being 20 months ahead for his age. A total increase of 40 months!!

Thank you Keda Cowling (the author) who put her 25 years of teaching dyslexics into print. Hope this helps even one frustrated parent.
Name: Collin Corkum Date: 04/10/2006 15:19:30

Taught self to read age 5. Dyslexia finally destroyed med. school 5th year. Later wrote university thesis on reading and dyslexia. Cured 1000's of dyslexics over 30 years. Complete papers for ages 5 to late adult. e-mail: [email protected] 

Name: Tara | Date: Jul 13th, 2006 6:52 AM
I was diagnosed with dyslexia at a very young age. You'll probably be able to tell by my miss spelled words and poor grammer. : ) I still find spelling a difficult thing. When I was younger I did write my letters backwards. Had problems with mutiplcation tables. I had problems remembering things I had read because I never recieved the info properly. Unlike a lot of people with dyslexia I could read in my head and out load very well. I loved public speaking and I never had a problem with my cursive writing it was always legable. I still find today I have a hard time putting my thoughts onto paper. This paragraph has taken me ten minutes to write..... By the way most dyslexic people are very artistic. I am really skilled with my hands. I love choir music. I could hear each part in my head and divide it into colors. Any way I don't know if this helped you at all. Keep at it and help him get what ever help he needs. Good luck. 

Name: Joan R | Date: Jul 16th, 2006 7:38 PM
I would recommend going to the International Dyslexia Association Website
This website is very useful. It discusses isues related to dyslexia and they have a tutoring referal list of Orton-Gillingham trained tutors and evaluators in your area.
I work with students who have dyslexia. If you have concerns I would recommend having your son tested to rule it in or out. Typically school districts know very little about dyslexia and the characteristics. I have had to educate the teachers and special education personal on the best ways to teach students with dyslexia. In Minnesota and Wisconsin it not learning concern that gets services. If after checking out the International Dyslexia Association Website you still have questions feel free to contact me.
Best Wishes,

Name: kgarrison2005 | Date: Aug 21st, 2006 4:29 AM
hello, i think we are going through the same thing.i found this site on the web it is called familyeducation learning disabilities. he has alot of information on it email me at [email protected] good luck it is hard i no how you feel and i feel the same as you!!!!! we all want our kids to learn and suceed and do good and it is really hard when you jhaev a child that has so much trouble in school 

Name: kgarrison2005 | Date: Aug 21st, 2006 5:04 AM
my child has dyslexia i no he does even though the teachers have said at the arc meeting that he dont have it i found a web site and he has all the sighns of it . we live in fla and the school says they cant check for dyslexia he has a hard time in school with reading writing math all of this and still nothing can be done ...... do you all have any ideas pls let me no what to do .. she is a good kid never in trouble she dont back talk and all that stuff so im totally lost about what else can i do 

Name: jodi s | Date: Sep 18th, 2006 4:13 PM
A great book that has all the info you might want is THE EVERYTHING PARENTS GUIDE TO DYSLEXIA. The book helped me a great deal. My daughter has dyslexia I know this it runs in my family. The school and I still do not agree on what needs to be done. I am looking for someone who can tell me where I can get her tested for dyslexia. for math try touch math it helps alot. If they can touch it they remember it. I write out her spelling words and her trace the letters while saying them and she usually remembers them. That is just something I came up with myself by trying several different methods. 

Name: jonathanrose | Date: Oct 9th, 2006 12:23 AM
I am dyslexic and went through the brain make over program which retrained away all the symptoms!!! 

Name: mtrower | Date: Dec 13th, 2006 3:07 PM
Hi Jennifer,
I am a learning disabilities specialist and more significantly I have learning disabilities myself. I have devised a method to teach reading and for more information on the program go to www.abcofreading.com. If you wish to speak with me, send me your phone number and I'll contact you. If you wish to call me instead, let me know and I'll give you my number. My email address is: [email protected]. There's a chance I might be too busy to get back to you until after the holidays. Have a nice day. Minna 

Name: Carol | Date: Jul 29th, 2007 11:48 PM
My son had/has learning difficulties. Lack of concentration, not completing work and having trouble reading. He has been on the DORE program for over 12 months. There he was diagnosed as dyslexic. But they say they do not label children as dyslexic. Dore looks after children with dyslexia, dysbraxcia, add and adhd. Hre has improved amazingly over that time. The hard part is they have to do an exercise program every morning and night. It is a dedication required by all. Even when we are on holidays we take his medicine ball and wobble board with us. We have seen a great improvement in his work and reading is no longer a problem. The downside is the program is expensive. But what price do you put on your child's wellbeing. They do have a payment plan. Do the online assessment and they will call you and make an appointment. Before you start paying they will access your child by a specialist. They will tell you if your child will benefit from the program or not. They are not after the money. Thanks Carol 

Name: Dean | Date: Aug 14th, 2007 10:48 AM
hello iam haveing trubel reading and wrire and spelling and also my gammer. has you can see iam not that good but i want to do better if there is a program that i can use on my computer i would love it if you could tell me. my email address is [email protected] 

Name: Jackie Gray | Date: Jan 24th, 2008 5:52 PM
I've had my son tested and they said he had auditory processing delay, which they said is a form of dyslexia. He now gets tudored twice a week ( in Orton Gillingham), for an hour each time. I haven't seen a real improvement yet, ( it's only been 5 months, and holiday's off). But reading what everyone is saying on this board, concerns me, because my son is excellent in science and math, (adding, subtrating, multiplying and division). He is in fourth grade and still getting all A's and B's. Which isn't saying much for the school. Since I know he has great difficulty in reading and spelling. Any comments?

Name: Kim | Date: Jan 31st, 2008 8:22 PM
what exactly is dyslexia 

Name: crofty | Date: Feb 11th, 2008 1:46 PM
Why dont you keep your nasty mouth shut oilybabyman!
The people on these forums are looking for caring responses not hateful idiotic comments.
Don't bother bad mouthing me back i will not be wasting my time reading anything you submit. 

Name: playmatex3x | Date: Feb 12th, 2008 6:45 AM
thank you crofty. oilybabyman gets on my nerves. this isnt the first time they have done that. 

Name: malvi | Date: Mar 10th, 2008 7:54 PM
read the book the gift of dyslexia it helped me alot 

Name: Carla | Date: Mar 13th, 2008 4:06 AM
Check these two sites out for someone with Dyslexic I found it very helpful even through I am adult dyslexia. 1st www.avko.org and 2nd www.spelling.org

If you need the symptoms of Dyslexia just go to ask.com or Google you will find all the information that you need.

Also get your son tested its called Neurophyologia test. If dyslexic and your son is still in school system take the test every three years (Important). If you live in the state of Maryland I can give you two name. That can give your child this test. Take the test as soon as posible so he can be placed in the correct classes or regular class with a tutal for each class or find a dyslexia school is best. 

Name: melonie | Date: Apr 8th, 2008 2:43 PM
I have the same problem my son is in 1st grade they keep telling he has a learning disability I believe it is dyslexia the school doesn't do anything. I don't know where too get him help I live by viriginia mn any ideas anyone 

Name: kim | Date: Apr 17th, 2008 7:56 AM
You can check and get information on dyslexia from the dyslexia association, they can give you information. I found out a lot of information from the learning disability association's website. Under IDEA you have the right to have your son tested. Your pediatrician should have a generic letter to send to the school. The LDA will walk you through all the parts of IDEA and how to advocate, as they have a 100 page document. Call the Dyslexia Association, or the LDA, they can refer you to advocacy groups as well. There is help out there, I got a ton of information by simply typing in dyslexia and my state mn.

Good Luck.... knowledge really in this case is power. You can also petition what the school say's by talking with your department of education, but you have to request a special education evaluation first. It's all on the LDA website 

Name: haley | Date: May 15th, 2008 6:38 PM
my 11 year old sister was just tested for Dyslexia, the results were possitive, she has it. Do you think that colored paper will help? I had some blue, pink, orange, yellow, and white. I wrote somtheing diffrent on each of them. white she couldn't read it. pink she kind of could same for orange. YELLOW and BLUE she could almost read all of it with out messing up...we told her teachers since kindergarden that we thought she was and they thought we were weren't telling the truth...well know they know that she os but it took till 4th grade to get her tested she was on the waiting list for almost a year...she was tested 2 days ago...does anyone know were to get HIGHLIGHTER YELLOW and BRIGHT BLUE PAPER... it would help so much... thanks. 

Name: Gillian | Date: Jun 11th, 2008 5:42 PM
My son cannot spell very well. He is 9 years old and has received support all his school years. He reads well but just cannot remember consistently how to spell. Is this a form of dyslexia? Any information would be great! 

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Name: GINA GILFORD | Date: Jul 8th, 2008 8:37 AM
Hi i also think my son has dyslexia, he is also seven, i have just had a very negative report from his school. i really don't know where to go next. I know i could pay for a test to be done but the school have said that he would not get any other help than what he was getting now. i just want the best for him. 

Name: Debbie | Date: Nov 4th, 2008 2:49 PM
I have trouble with my seven year old boy also. I think he has dyslexia i am not sure where to turn to get him tested. He tries so hard to get the words when he is reading but he just get mad and stops reading. 

Name: Briana | Date: Jan 8th, 2009 9:31 PM
Hey. My name's Briana. I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was thirteen. A few symptoms are : leaving out words when reading, reversing numbers, seeing a word as a different word when reading, difficulty putting thoughts into words, difficulty understanding and comprehending reading even if the person knows all of the words, accidental mispronounciation of words, very emotional, and strong sense of justice. There are many other symptoms, but these are the most common. Take a free screening quiz online. They're all over the internet. If the screening test comes out positive, find a formal test for him to take. I suggest Mind Works. They diagnosed my dyslexia. As for the screening test, I suggest the Davis dyslexia test. That test started me off. It's pretty easy and it's about fifty questions. It takes 20 minutes, 25 tops. It does not compare the child's intelligence with other children as many screening tests do. It asks about their every day behavior and compares it to the usual symptoms of dyslexia. I hope this was helpful. 

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