The Dyslexia Scare
The boy and I sat down to write his name one night recently. He did pretty well. His A looked like an H but hey it was close! I noticed his E’s were all backwards. At the time I didn’t think too much about it. It seemed pretty normal and I know that Claire did the same when she started writing. My “scare” came when we did numbers. With the exception of “0” and “1” he wrote everything backwards. I tried not to make a big deal about it, just held his hand as I helped him get it right. But no matter what he kept doing it backwards. Now, I have dyslexia. Moreso with my hearing, I totally hear things backwards and have to constantly re-affirm with people that what they said is what I heard. I do it sometimes when writing/typing/speaking. Moreso with numbers than letters. I do tend to check my writing alot before handing something in because I am anal about people not really knowing that I have this flaw. Egotistical, I know. My recently passed bro-in-law was also dyslexic, much more with reading and writing. It got to a point where he refused to read. I hate to sound cliche but I think it was Harry Potter that got him back into it. So knowing that there were two of us close in the bloodlines to the boy, I got scared. I know how difficult it can be and how frustrating it is. I don’t consider it suffering though. It’s just part of my life and has been for years.
This morning I spoke with the pre-k teachers on how he was doing with numbers and letters. I am now fairly certain the boy was just being a goofball and looking for some attention. All of their little tests he gives them he has passed with flying colors. I mean ALL. He is showing signs already of being beyond his peers (but I will wait for confirmation when he goes to K where they do more standardized testing). So WHEW! So far so good. I need to stop being such a nervous nelly with him. I have let too many people get to me with “Boys don’t excel academically like girls do, so don’t hold him up to high standards”. I say BS, he can be held to high standards…..why treat him different because he is a boy?