Saturday, May 19, 2007

Reading Disorder

The way the boys tear through book after book and audio tape after audio tape in back-to-back reading/listening in the days following a trip to the library-- I almost want to call it binge reading. There's nothing wrong with that, is there?


Matilda said...

I say no, but then I am an enabler as well!

Love2Learn Mom said...

Sounds great to me! :)

Margaret in Minnesota said...

Hmm, let’s see.

Well-read (adj.) having read much; knowing a great deal about books and literature

Interested (adj.) feeling or showing interest, sympathy or curiosity

Smart (adj.) quick at learning; clever and bright

Nope, not a problem!

mel said...

No...I wish we had that problem! My oldest *hates* reading. :( She does like audio books though.

Suzanne Temple said...

Thanks, all, I guess we're in good company.

Mel, your daughter must like stories if she likes audio. I'll bet she outgrows this problem. Don't you think?

Johane said...

Mel, have you considered dyslexia? It's insidious, because it doesn't look like anything else than a dislike of reading. We can easily recognize a blind person, they readily know that they can't see either.... Well at least before they get to school anyhow. Dyslexia cannot be readily recognized, even after those affected have been in school a while.

My eldest dd is dyslexic. Found more often in boys, it is still surprising to find it in girls. Had I not seen my brother suffer and struggle with it, I would never have recognized it in her.

The effects of dyslexia can be devestating to a person's self-esteem. Two of my uncles barely graduated after 14+ years in school. A few of my cousins graduated from high school after the age of 20. My brother barely graduated high school and we were all behind him and supported him and helped him tremendously... All 6 of us, my parents, myself and our younger siblings.

Consider how intelligent these people are though. The memory they rely on to be able to read a page! My brother can only see 3 characters clearly - including spaces and punctuation! Imagine reading this page 3 characters at a time. This paragraph alone! "Con/sid/er /how/ in/tel/lig/ent/ th/ese/ pe/opl/e a/re /tho/ugh/. /The/ me/mor/y t/hey/ re/ly /on /to /be /abl/e t/o r/ead/ a /pag/e! /" My dd has lines that skip on her... Not lines 1 & 2, more like lines 1 & 5 & 3 & 10... My brother and my daughter both felt "stupid" because they couldn't read like the others. They had a strong dislike of reading at all. Never mind reading out loud. These intelligent people, respected and admired for their inovative ideas, sounded like "idiots". It was mortifying to them.

Yet all of these people are great story tellers. They love to hear stories and share stories.

You cannot imagine the joy that I feel now that I see my daughter, who has received special tutoring to deal with her dyslexia, become the top reader in her class. She read all the HP books, some in french and others in english, in about a month...

Binge reading you say? I say bring it on! :D

Suzanne Temple said...

How wonderful, johane, that you discovered the problem and found a soluton. Congratulations, too, to your daughter for pushing on and meeting with such success!

mel said...

Yes, we just had her tested. They said she wasn't dyslexic because her reading was on grade level. I remain unconvinced. Her reading was behind when we began homeschooling in first grade...maybe it is only on grade level now because she has had four years of one on one tutoring? But good luck convincing doctors to look beyond test results. :/ She did test behind in spelling and writing and was diagnosed with an expressive language disability, but they didn't think there was much else we could do for her except keep working with her. Anyway, sorry Suzanne, I didn't mean to hijack your blog. :)

jerseygirlmama said...

After growing up with three younger brothers (one who was profoundly dyslexic and the other 2 who just didn't like reading but loved being read to), there are worse things they could be doing.

When I spent $40 of gift money in a book store as a teen, I apologized to my mom for getting carried away and that was her response, "Honey, I'd rather see you spending your money on books than just about anything else." I hope Shelby and Joey (he's due in September) learn to love reading as much as I do. Their father is in school to teach elementary aged children and took a literature class this year and is now in his 40's and is just being introduced to a lot of kids lit. He hated reading as a kid, but now is loving reading to the babies. Better late than never!

Suzanne Temple said...

Feel free, mel. Glad to host.

Johane said...

Mel, my dd also has a problem with "disorthographie"... She can't spell. She is excelling at everything except spelling and grammar.

There are things that can help. If I recall correctly, the term is "Extra-sensory education". A lot of hands on (handling letter shapes and pronouncing them, writting letters in sand, or giant invisible letters in the air...) and a lot of repetition. Certainly in class the teachers can't do this. I was doing it inadvertently at home which is why my dd was only 1 grade level behind.

My doctor is also recommending that we see a speech pathologist to help with her spelling and some of her speech problems. Maybe your daughter could benefit from such help.

Like I said though, I'm sure your hands on, one-on-one teaching is extremely important to your daughter's education. I hope that you can find the help your daughter could benefit from.

Thanks for hosting Suzanne. :D

Johane said...

PS. Disorthographie is french for.... She can't spell. :/ Gaah! I can't figure what it is in english.

Entropy said...

Isn't that awful that they use a word that's long and complicated to describe someone that can't spell? It's like putting an 's' in lisp.

Mean. ;)