When Your Bright Child Struggles with Reading
by Fabiana Meredith
I write this letter to bring awareness to a commonly overlooked, yet profound struggle that affects nearly 20% of the population. The struggle relates to a person’s ability to communicate through written and spoken language. Since reading and writing always came super-easy to me, I had no idea this struggle existed, nor that it affected 1-in-5 people, until I became the mother of a child with dyslexia.
Early on I knew something was “not clicking,” but I did not know what, nor how to “fix it.” I saw the struggle in my child. As a youngster, it was easy for her to hide the struggle, and to get by in school. My attempts to find help through the school system lead to dead-ends, with some eluding to the idea I was fabricating her struggle. “She needs to read more,” they’d say, but reading more resulted in a greater dislike for reading. I felt time was running out as my daughter began to hit a wall in school while her younger sister by four years was reading at a higher level. Going out to eat or being in social settings that required reading was extremely intimidating for a young quiet girl. The struggle began to tear at my daughter’s self-esteem, her confidence dropped as more and more of her surroundings depended on being able to read. As her mother, it broke my heart.
Feeling frustrated, I was compelled to uncover “the mystery” of what was creating this struggle in my daughter. I was not going to give up, nor buy into the doubters’ claims. The exhausting journey eventually lead us to trying an alternative method of learning to read championed by industry expert Susan Barton and Bright Solutions. Reading immediately began to click and was not dreadful anymore! At the time, the idea that my daughter might have dyslexia or not have dyslexia was not as big of a concern as the fact that the Barton method was working! Over-night, my daughter’s self-esteem and confidence increased! Reading became enjoyable! There was no more discomfort at the thought of going out to eat and having to read from a menu. Discovering that my daughter’s reading struggle was dyslexia — a simple, common reading difference that affects 1-in-5 people — brought a great feeling of relief that the mystery was solved!
Whether you struggle with reading or are a champion reader, whether you are a school teacher, a sports coach, a police officer, a business owner, or hold public office, please learn about dyslexia.
If you have a bright child that struggles with reading, realize it may be dyslexia, and that the remedy most likely requires a different teaching approach than what is traditionally taught in most school settings. Connect into your local parent-lead Decoding Dyslexia chapter where people with dyslexia and parents of kids with dyslexia collaborate, spread awareness, provide resources, and help each other. Decoding Dyslexia is online. Local chapters exist in every State.
Dyslexia is common and we have the ability to turn each struggle into success!
Susan Barton; Bright Solutions — www.BrightSolutions.us
Karin Merkle; Rapid City Dyslexia Care — www.rcDyslexiaCare.com
Decoding Dyslexia — www.DecodingDyslexia.net