As a fellow mom, I’ve always felt my most important job was to provide whatever help my kids needed. When they were young, that included (and certainly not limited too) taking care of all bumps and bruises, meanies, sick days, being a rescuer of baby birds and roly polies, on top of being Webster’s dictionary and Encyclopedia Britannica rolled into one. Exhausting, right! Worth it? Definitely! What better job description than to be your child’s champion.
When my daughter entered elementary school, everything seemed good. She was bright, made friends, had fun each day, that is until it came to writing. For some reason, the letters and sounds would just not flow onto the page as easily as they came to her when she read. I was fortunate that she had a wonderful kindergarten teacher who was able to stop the daily meltdowns and encouraged her to just “write what you hear.” It was great to have an ally.
Then came my son. He entered kindergarten the next year, and I always knew he was different when it came to reading. While my daughter had always loved books and was reading independently by age 3, I was lucky to get my son to sit down long enough to look at a picture. I finally got him somewhat interested by raiding the space shuttle section of the library. I figured it was just because he was a boy, and boys mature later, even though after 3 years of preschool he still couldn’t remember the letter a.
As his kindergarten year went on however, I started to see that things were not progressing for him. He still couldn’t remember some letters. Sight words – forget it. Sounding out words – only on certain days when the weather was right. And then the notes started coming home from his teacher – “Please work with him on his sight words.” “More review on this concept.” “He’s not able to move up in reading levels.” I know, I know, I remember thinking. What do I do when he gets it one day, and then the next it’s just gone?
As he went into 1st grade, he finally started to make some progress, but not enough to stop me from worrying. One day, he flat out refused to read to his teacher. Something had to be going on that was keeping my otherwise happy, bright little boy from learning to read like it seemed like he should be able to.
I was in my early years of teaching at that time, and ended up with several students, just like my son, that just weren’t picking up the reading skills they needed to keep up with the demands of their classroom. I tried every method I knew, but nothing really helped. I wasn’t ready to give up, thinking there had to be something else, some other teaching method or strategy to help them. I was fortunate to have a great teacher mentor, who introduced me to the Lindamood Bell Lips program. After only a few lessons, I was amazed at how suddenly my students seemed to get concepts they hadn’t picked up in several years of classroom work, by using the structured, multisensory lessons.
From there, I set off on a journey to champion these kids, including my own son, and teach these children to read. I dived into the word of reading differences, learning about dyslexia, multisensory teaching methods, and Orton-Gillingham based structured language therapy. My son became my partner, helping me practice training lessons, and learning the skills he needed to become a successful reader along the way. Today, he is entering high school on the honor roll, and challenging himself with a full load or Pre-AP and AP classes. He’s a genius at technology and building anything with tools and hardware.
If your child is struggling to read, there is help! At the Multisensory Reading Center, we work with you to tailor a plan specifically for your child. Traditional face-to-face dyslexia therapy and tutoring is offered in-house for Dallas TX clients, in a private, caring environment. If you live in a different area of the country, no problem! Through Lexercise, we can connect online, deliver weekly lessons, along with sending fun, engaging daily practice for you and your child to work on throughout the rest of the week. Together, we can partner to become your child’s reading champion.
If your child is struggling to read, or if you think your child may have dyslexia, visit our website at www.multisensoryreadingcenter.com for a free screener. Then call 469-223-8244 for a free consultation.