As a mother to a dyslexic child one of the most frequent problem I faced was my son’s difficulty in reading .
But somewhere in between he developed a passion for reading . It would be easier to say his quest for knowledge eventually took better off his difficulty to read . One fine day we realised that he has become a voracious reader . Now when I look back I cannot point out exactly when the transition occured . But I can tell you it happened after I stopped dragging him to read something and after I stopped correcting and checking on him .
Since then we find every silly reason to buy books . We buy books for our weekend shopping , holidays , birthdays , trips.. in short for almost anything . In addition to this, we officially add on books to our library once or twice a month .
I have a network of old book shops in the town from where kids select their books. And some other trendy book shops like Paico , H&C , Reliance , DC books . The categories include their current interests . It could be a movie , cartoon , science , fiction , stories I tell them , their class topics , skits or anything .
A couple of years back, before I knew anything about dyslexia once Ruby had to sing a prayer for a function . So that he would not forget the verses I wrote it down for him . Actually he knew the poem by heart . But was not able to read it out and made a mess . When I think about it now , my heart goes out for him .
From there we have come a long way . As
hyperactive energietic kids it was very difficult to manage them when we go out . When I go for shopping or for some thing important they carry their favourite books along with them .
My heart swelled with pride when I saw him reading the Flag salutation at a ceremony without any mistake . It was his first attempt at reading in Public. And that it was to salute the national flag just doubled my joy . When they asked him to read it I didn’t want to put him in pressure once more . But he took it as a challenge and proved himself . I am so proud of him.
Now wherever we go every body asks me about Ruby’s reading habit . Because it is impossible to spot him without a book in his hand . Earlier I used to stop and explain to them in detail about the difficulty he has and how we are trying to overcome it or how he has improved . I needed assurance that he is doing well or that he would improve . But now I accept it with a smile . I learned from my experience that the most important thing to do is to believe in your child . Give them the freedom to do what they like to do . Follow them instead of making them follow you . Then they will excel.
He claims himself as a silent reader . Even now it is difficult for him to read names and unseen words . If you ask him to read aloud you will hear a lot of jargon . But then , he understands the content superbly and that is what matters .
Yes, I know …..miles to go ….