Dyslexia Diagnosis and the Five Stages of Grief

Who can relate to this? My parents were nodding their heads quite a bit while reading this article!
“Dealing with my son’s diagnosis of dyslexia was like going through the five stages of grief. It took four years of sleepless nights and buckets of tears for both of us. There were so many days when I thought I’d never stop feeling broken-hearted for him, worrying that he would never learn to read or fail out of school by grade five and that it was all my fault…
Then came stage two—that’s when my temples began to pulse. My patience evaporated and I wanted to punch everyone in the throat…
Fed up and desperate, I began to negotiate in my head. Enter stage three: bargaining. I went on all the field trips, volunteered and fundraised for the school. If I did more for the school and eased the teacher’s stress, surely they would help him read…
Cut to stage four: depression. I cried for two weeks. I was crushed and felt like I was carrying around 150 pounds of darkness. I had failed my son. Suddenly, it felt like everyone else’s kids were reading…
Crying didn’t seem to help him learn to read any faster. There was nothing left to do but come to terms with the reality and finally enter stage five: acceptance. Armed with a diagnosis of dyslexia, I went back to his teachers with newfound hope. Sadly, I discovered that they weren’t able to teach kids with dyslexia, refused to admit it as a reality and carefully made sure that they weren’t violating his human rights to access educational resources…
I’m hoping that the final stage of having a child with dyslexia is love. I love having a child with dyslexia. Now that I’ve done my research and spent time with an entire school full of kids who have dyslexia, I understand how amazing these kids really are…”

Happy Read Across America Day!

Happy Read Across America Day! Parents and teachers – please take the time to read a book with a young person today!

Looking for some fun activities to celebrate? Pinterest is loaded with great ideas, as is the official Read Across America Day website:


College for homeschooled dyslexics

Many parents who have children with dyslexia choose to homeschool. It was ideal for us (Scott and Alex). Rather than take classes in lockstep fashion according to our weakest subject, we were able to outpace our peers in areas such as science and math while working to overcome our difficulties with spelling and writing. Unsurprisingly, working on projects like scientific research papers allowed us to better understand the many ways we could overcome the symptoms of dyslexia. By our junior year of high school, we were both able to score in the top 2% on the ACT and SAT without accommodations, and we were both able to secure full ride scholarship offers from multiple engineering colleges. Neither of us found the college application process difficult, perhaps because we were very active in objectively measured projects that allowed us to receive awards and recommendation letters: several community service organizations; competing 10 years at the state level in 4-H; competing in worldwide computer programming competitions; belonging to groups such as scouts and sports teams; active in the visual and performing arts; worked as NASA interns in high school; and we took the AP tests and dual credit courses at local colleges so that we had objective transcripts and letters of recommendation from college professors and our bosses at NASA. Not everyone can do all of that, of course, due to lack of access, time constraints, and other factors. However, if you can do only one thing, this is what we would recommend: take dual credit courses on college campuses. Many colleges are skeptical about dual credit courses taught by high schools, but homeschoolers have the unique ability to attend classes on college campuses during the day. The grades you earn in those classes carry a lot of weight, they prove you can handle rigorous college-level courses, they allow you to get recommendation letters from professors and counselors, and they allow you to complete some “gen ed” requirements before you enroll full time.

New speech recognition for kids

“SoapBox Labs is creating more accurate and accessible speech technology for children that supports reading and language development. It is based on the premise that speech recognition is built for adults, and it doesn’t work as well as it could for kids. That’s because children have higher pitched voices and different speech patterns. Crucially, unlike adults, younger children don’t tend to adapt their speech to suit machines, either.” https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/13/soapbox-labs/amp/?__twitter_impression=true