My granddaughter is a happy little girl when not in reading situations. She is almost 8, in the 2nd grade at a public school.
She has a reading disability the private testing psychologist called dyslexia, ADD inattentive type, and a processing deficit. Her language IQ is low-average, her processing speed is slow. She cannot read on grade level and in math she uses a number line.
We feel helpless and desperate with no help in sight. We are being forced to find a private school for her. Next year she will never be able to pass the FCAT test and would automatically repeat 3rd grade.
We have grandchildren too. We understand your concern.
And, you’ve just described Pete Wright. Very similar symptoms except Pete had ADHD.
When he was a child in the 1950s, there was no special education. His parents were starting a family and careers. Pete’s teachers said he was borderline mentally retarded and emotionally disturbed. His parents didn’t agree.
His mother learned all she could about dyslexia and what could be done about it.
She searched for and found a tutor who was trained in the Orton Gillingham method, Diana Hanbury King. Pete received 1:1 tutoring for an hour a day with Ms. King for one year, then went to a summer program, then had 1:1 tutoring with Diana King for another year. By the time the tutoring ended, he was reading well above grade level, his spelling, math, and writing were fine.
Today, his ADHD remains full strength. 🙂
I will include links to two articles about Pete and what had to be done. The first article was published in the New York Times in 2003. It explains what Pete’s parents did to make sure his dyslexia was not a problem later (since the public school teachers didn’t know what to do), and how little things have changed in 50+ years:
Pete wrote “Three Generations at the U.S. Supreme Court” after he successfully represented Shannon Carter, a young lady with dyslexia, before the U.S. Supreme Court.
“On October 6, 1993, Shannon Carter and Roger Saunders traveled to Washington, DC to hear Pete’s oral argument before the U. S. Supreme Court. In this article, Pete discusses the impact that Orton Dyslexia Society members had on his life, with thanks to Helene Dubrow, Diana Hanbury King, Roger Saunders, and Linda Summer.”
Bottom line: the public school teachers don’t know how to teach youngsters with dyslexia so you are wasting precious time if you continue to try to work with them. The sooner you get your granddaughter help, the sooner she will learn to read and won’t need the specialized teaching.