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#1 BecD

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 09:12 PM

Does anyone have any experience of diagnosing dyslexia or having a child diagnosed? How did it happen? And at what age? What were the main indicators which led to the diagnosis?
My 5 year old has stopped reading and writing and is struggling with words which she previously knew/could sound out, and I'm just trying to work out how best to help her and encourage her without pushing her too much. Her dad is dyslexic so there is a chance she is too...
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Posted 09 May 2017 - 09:27 PM

My ds2 is dyslexic. I mentioned it to the school when he was in reception/year 1 but they put down the fact that he was struggling to him having time off with persistent tonsillitis. He struggled with reading and writing from the beginning and struggled to learn phonics. I knew it wasn't that and when he had his tonsils out in year 2 aged 7 and continued to fall behind he was screened but the test came back showing some signs of dyslexia. It wasn't until he was 10 at the beginning of year 5 that he was properly tested and diagnosed with severe dyslexia. No surprise as dh is also dyslexic ( which I didn't realise at the time) I'm not sure that they screen for it as early as 5? Maybe some one else will know.

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Posted 09 May 2017 - 09:28 PM

It's a long time ago but our DS1 was 11 before we managed to get him assessed.   His first primary school said he was just lazy but the second admitted there was a problem and gave him extra help.   When he was assessed he understood that he was bright with a problem rather than dim - it was so liberating!!

 

Talk to the school and just check how they feel, it could be that or could be a totally different problem.


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Posted 10 May 2017 - 06:29 PM

Both my boys are dyslexic. The younger one diagnosed at age 8 but only after coming to Canada, the school in England missed it. We got him a full psych report and I would strongly recommend doing the same, even if you have to do it privately, then you know what you are dealing with. We used an Orton Gillingham tutor and his reading came on in leaps and bounds. School was always a struggle for him, but he graduated college last year with a music diploma and is doing well making a career for himself in music. The eldest was diagnosed at about age 14 and I regretted not getting him tested earlier. He is very bright, but dropped out of uni, however, he is now carving out a career for himself in film and photography. It is not an easy ride parenting very smart kids with learning disabilities, but worth fighting for them.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 07:33 AM

DD2 is severely dyslexic, diagnosed in year 4 with 'sequencing difficulties' (which actually has more to do with ASD which wasn't diagnosed until year 8!), she only received a definitive diagnosis much later. We had known she had 'issues' with handwriting for about a year.

 

She has had all sorts of assessments, but at 17 we paid privately for a Psych assessment towards her Uni 'needs assessment', and only then realised how severe her difficulties are, being in the top 1% of the population for cognition and the bottom 1% for writing and spelling skills (surprisingly she is only slightly below average for reading). Our assessor, who specialises in dyslexia and ASD (what a find - he only lives around the corner), had never seen such a discrepancy in 35 years experience. 

 

I'm only saying all this because you need to be aware that you have to keep fighting - a diagnosis won't be the end of your difficulties.  ((((BecD))))


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 08:47 AM

Sadly agreeing with Hep here I am still fighting for ds2 now.


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Posted 11 May 2017 - 02:43 PM

We had to pay for a private ed psych assessment for DD as school weren't interested as she wasn't falling behind. She had stopped gaining ground though. They were obsessed with her reading ability being fine and so she couldn't be dyslexic. In fact the biggest manifestation of her issues is in spelling. Her spelling is utterly chaotic!  Looking back her issues began with phonics - she never really mastered it at all.

We used dyslexia action but they won't test until age 7> I believe that's fairly common.

And yes, diagnosis is only the beginning of the journey.



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Posted 11 May 2017 - 02:54 PM

Yes, but once you have the assessment done you should receive a detailed report with recommendations. There will be things that can be done and it is worth following through with them until you find what works. I would say that given your child is only 5yrs old then they have a good chance if you move on it now. If they have reading difficulties and it is not caught early then they get behind in all their other subjects because they need to have reading skills to keep up (and/or accommodations in place to help them keep on track).

Hang on in there. It is good that you are being proactive.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 08:53 PM

Thank you all!!

I'm not going to push for anything at the moment but will closely monitor and use some of the techniques which help dyslexics to see if they help her. I suspect that she's just tired of learning and has plateaued. But school are aware and I've registered my concern so early steps...

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 04:07 PM

A couple of mine can read just fine, but are majorly struggling with spelling. Can anyone recommend any resources for helping with spelling? 


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 07:16 PM

DH devised mnemonics for the significant words like 'because' and other confusing words, which helped a lot. She's now doing a degree in Genetics, so is a bit beyond our help now!


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Posted 14 May 2017 - 06:06 AM

I'm astounded at T's skills in maths. I think it's all down to numberblocks!
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