Shea is very intelligent, very funny, very creative, very verbal, very social. He also struggles INCREDIBLY with reading, writing and mathmatics.
He's not "just behind because he got a late start in life". He has connections, decoding, and visual input/output methods that aren't working properly.
I know because of his Spina Bifida, and specifically for Shea some decreased development of his corpus collosum near his occipital lobe he is especially prone to these kinds of challenges. I know it is probably not something that he is going to "just grow out of".
BUT, I know I have high hopes for what his future may hold, and what he can do with the many strengths that he has.
I know I have a long long way to go in regards to learning how to best teach and help shea. After 3 months I still am having trouble even finding a way to get him tested for dyslexia in the rochester area. I know almost all schools have a very long way to go in regards to learning how to best teach children with dyslexia. I know bills in NYS assembly and senate( that would require schools to have a staff person who is certified in dyslexia intervention and recognition) started in 2012 still don't even have a vote scheduled on the calender to date.
I am also learning that having trouble learning to read and write has nothing to do with my son's intelligence. He is very smart, he just has a brain that takes information in and puts information out in a different way.
I hurt when I see how frustrated he becomes with school and homework, and how he doubts himself...
We have another mountain to climb...together... and we are just embarking on the foothills...
Heck a few months ago i hadn't even really known that this mountain was in front of us... but here we go... ready to climb. We will get tired i'm sure... i just hope we don't get lost, and that we don't quit!
This is a long video... but really hits the nail on the head.... if you have time take a look....