DS teacher told me she thinks he has dyslexia(4 Posts)
He's 10 almost 11. He's very happy, smart and loves reading and reads well, Percy Jackson's, Harry Potters and wants to read my hunger games series next. She says she thinks he has some kind of dyslexia obviously not to the point he can't read or write but he just isn't grasping spellings or improving his handwriting. They use something at school called Lexia where it's used to pick up on where a child is struggling but apparently he did really well on it so he knows all the rules of spelling and grammar but when it comes to putting it down on paper he just gets frustrated and can't understand it. I'm having a meeting with her soon to discuss more as we didn't have a lot of time to talk , they had just got off the coach from a school trip. I'm worried about his hyperactivity too. It isn't all the time it's just every now and again he just has no controlling himself at all and she agreed with me. Whilst on the school trip he was so excited and hyperactive he almost stepped off the curb into the road so she had no choice but to make him hold her hand. It upset him and will have been embarrassing but it was for his own safety which I understand. After that for the next 2 days she says he was absolutely fine, well behaved, mature and enjoyed the trip with no issues. But he does have these moments where he just won't take in that he needs to calm down and I wonder if it's all connected?
Sounds just like mine. Hope you get some posts soon that shed some light! It seems like all judgement of appropriate behavior and impulse control goes out the window when he is a bit stressed/anxious/excited, and something about the demands of the school environment make him feel stressed/anxious/excited. His behaviour outside school is vastly improved over the last year or two. I have read that dyslexia can present very differently from the way you would typically expect, and once identified people have seen improvements in areas they never expected. Whether it is or it isn't, it sounds like he has a great teacher to consider all the possibilities and not label it difficult behaviour.
She is really lovely and so great with the kids he will miss her next year. I do hope we find out and pin point what's wrong as I think him starting high school next year would see him struggling without a proper diagnosis and ways to help him. He's the sweetest little boy I would hate for him to be seen as a troublemaker when he does go up to high school.
Just make sure he gets properly assessed. If it's a state school, then budgets are tight and assessment money is prioritised for children who are really struggling to cope. Also, don't settle for a little in-school assessment - I've found that they don't pick up on children's problems, especially if they are bright with only a problem or two and many coping strategies.
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