I want to share with you that reading is not easy for a dyslexic kid. The word ‘ dyslexia ‘ itself means difficulty in reading and writing. You will wonder what is wrong with your child. It is not at all something you can compare with a normal child.
Ruby had difficulty in writing from the board and complained of letters disappearing and blinking on the black board. His copied notes were full of spelling mistakes and he would strain his eyes while reading as if he can’t see. I took him to the ophthalmologist almost three times. And the results were the same. 6/6 vision. No problem with the eyes.
Even now it is difficult for him to read . When he was in first and second levels , I thought he would never be able to read by himself.
He cannot connect the phonics and spellings as we do ( almost automatically ), unless he is familiar with that word. No matter however he wants to. No matter how much he knows. Our only option is to improve his vocabulary and make him familiar with the words . And that means almost every word in English literature.
But thankfully now he has taken up reading as his hobby. It took a lot of effort from our side. It was a slow process. Now almost always you can see him with a book in his hand. He has finished with the first book of Harry Potter all by himself. And he literally sleeps with books. Every time we see him poring over a book our heart swell with pride.
My eyes fill up with tears when I hear him reading aloud. It will be full of jargon . And I look away so that he doesn’t see me. Now with great difficulty, we have learned to overlook it , as reading is something he really enjoys and is proud of.
A stranger who listens to him reading and who doesn’t know him close may think he is a dumb child. And I have to alert them before they make some off hand comments.
I have to give him confidence and support . It is a tricky game to keep the balance .