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Dyslexia. If you were me, what would you do now?

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EyeoftheStorm Tue 14-Jun-16 15:12:13

DS2 is almost 7. He was premature and had bleeds on the brain. Because of this, he had a neuropsychologist report done when he was 6 that pointed to dyslexia.

At that point, his reading was coming along, so we did nothing on top of school reading and bedtime reading.

Suddenly, his reading has gone backwards and there are a couple of things I don't understand. He can learn his spellings (8 spellings a week based around the same sound) without much input and retain them.

He can also spell when he writes his own stories - this is infrequent as he finds writing difficult as well - but if it catches his imagination, it's almost as if he can overcome all his other difficulties.

But he can't read words which have been in every other book since reception eg little, they etc. He also will never attempt to sound out a word himself but can do it when prompted. He gets lost if the word is too long.

I have left out a lot but I was wondering if anyone has any experience of this and if so, would you be trying to see a dyslexia specialist or wait a bit longer as everyone learns to read at different stages? His verbal skills are great - better than my older two who have had a smooth ride through school.

CodyKing Tue 14-Jun-16 15:15:11

Dies he have a coloured ruler thing? White back ground doesn't help

Tricky words such as little can't be sounded out and have to be learnt by sight

Look on letters and sounds or phonics play -
Ask your teacher about precision teaching

EyeoftheStorm Tue 14-Jun-16 15:17:34

Thank you Cody. The coloured ruler is something we can do at home as well. I know someone who works at a school where they print worksheets on different coloured paper.

Believeitornot Tue 14-Jun-16 15:18:47

Little can be sounded out - you can ask your ds to try and sound out the first part of words and it might trigger his memory.

My ds is six and needs a bit of reminding even though he can read. He gets very tired at the end of the day so his reading isn't as good

I would talk to the teacher and see how he is getting on at school.

CodyKing Tue 14-Jun-16 15:26:25

These are the tricky words -

Also look at the games and printable games like bingo or snakes and letters - lots to make and put up on the wall at home

EyeoftheStorm Tue 14-Jun-16 15:26:57

I think what it is is that having read with my older two, I know Ds2 is doing it differently and I'd like to unpick why. We have held him back a year which has been a huge success emotionally, with behaviour and with his learning.

Because of the report he had done, I know he has attention problems and his ability is spiky. His teacher agrees that his reading isn't where it should be, but I don't understand why he can learn spellings and spell his own words correctly, but not be able to read.

CodyKing Tue 14-Jun-16 16:40:48

It's unusual because most can read 'said' but will spell it "Sed'

Have you checked his vision?

Toffeelatteplease Tue 14-Jun-16 16:45:08

Coordinate between school and gp. Definitely dyslexia specialist but I'd want ed psych too.

Or possibly better Phone call into neuropsychologist who did original report

Balletblue Tue 14-Jun-16 16:45:12

Maybe have the words he can't read as a spelling list? Then when he is confident with those put them in to sentences to read?

zzzzz Tue 14-Jun-16 16:45:29

try the irlens colour things because they can really help if he is one of the few dyslexics that need them.

Manyshadesofblack Tue 14-Jun-16 16:58:47

I saw a dyslexia specialist recently and I thought it was worth the money. I found out my ds has dysgraphia and very slow processing speed. I didn't know he has these issues I was only focused on the reading and spelling. He does have dyslexia and I got lots of advice on how to help him.

EyeoftheStorm Tue 14-Jun-16 19:51:22

Thank you all - sounds like I do need more help to get to the bottom of it

Lacystacie Fri 01-Jul-16 15:51:13

Try using red pens I couldn't read black numbers on white paper all the numbers blurred together but as soon as I changed ink colour there was immidate improvement sometimes its the little things that make a big difference !

loopygoose Mon 04-Jul-16 09:48:22

An educational psychologist is the best person to assess your DC. It was worth every penny (they're not cheap!)
Take a look at my blog for what has worked with my child.

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