“My child’s school report is frankly scary. I know he is bright, creative and imaginative but his report card says he is disinterested, unfocused, disruptive and dropping way behind his peers in literacy. His reading seems to be getting a bit better, after lots of hard work and repetition but his spelling and handwriting is really atrocious. At parents evening there was talk about Dyslexia and that rung real alarm bells, because that is what happened to his dad in school”.
Does this all sound familiar and what do you do next? You may have suspected something like this but now it is black and white panic is setting in.
At Empowering Learning we have a very different perspective, so just park all the deficits for a moment to read the following paragraphs.
What is your child good at? And think how is he so good at that and so poor at other things? Ask him about what he is good at and how he does it. For example:
- In sport is he a great goal scorer
- Can he build lego, ikea furniture or other construction toys without looking at the instructions?
- Does he have an amazing recall of past events or places you have visited?
- Are you the parent of one of our gifted and talented children who find literacy hard (apparently 50% share this challenge).
All of these require him to have good mental images, those pictures you hold in your mind. You can even watch Richard Branson on youtube (#made by dyslexia) clearly looking up when talking about an idea, business opportunities etc and seeing them in his mind’s eye.
So you can discover whether your child has great mental images, by just asking him about something that interests him and you will probably see him look up picturing it as he is telling you about it.
The only problem your child has is that he hasn’t developed the skills to convert this strengths into picturing words and numbers for literacy and numeracy. These are just skills to learn not brain defects and they can be taught in just a couple of hours, through our jumpstartingliteracy and numeracy process.
In addition if you are bewildered as to why your child can read better than he can spell, that’s great news he are almost half way there. He can recognize words and now just needs the neural pathways to use these same words for spelling.
Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information about this amazingly quick process.
(apologies – this is just as appropriate to boys as girls, but difficult to write)