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Advice on "good" reader with very poor phonics/handwriting - glue ear issues and possible dyslexia or dysgraphia?

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incywincyspideragain Sat 26-Jan-13 21:33:48

I'm dsylexic and a 'good reader' (although I can struggle to read quickly) I read by the shape of words, phonics didn't work for me I learnt to read by 'look and say' so I would guess (no expert) that it is possible to be a good reader and dsylexic.

ds1 has poor handwriting and some reversing - he has eye tracking issues - also can't catch a ball and presents a bit like dsypraxia but we think its the eye tracking as he has, dsypraxia 'traits'. School have said his reading is good so he's not dsylexic, I think he's struggling with positioning of his writing on the page, its messy, he can't read it and he's frustrated.
He's also hypermobile so tires easily (thats also what makes him have dsypraxia traits)

ds1 also had chronic glue ear (hearing 50db in reception) so he couldn't access all the phonic sounds - finished reception unable to read. He had grommets at the end of reception and caught up although (now yr2) has just been referred by school to SALT for receptive language and slow processing.

Its worth noting for your ds (because we've looked into it) that APD can only be disgnosed where hearing is 'normal' (0-20db) ds1's hearing is now in normal levels and APD can be caused by prolonged glue ear - does your ds have impaired hearing? this will have a huge affect on phonics, understanding and learning.

Are school suggesting anything? ds's has been seen many times by ed psych - she's fairly clueless in a lot of ways because ds doesn't fit neatly in a 'box' but at least I know school are trying stuff and helping him.

noncomprehende Wed 23-Jan-13 17:49:12

Thank you - this is really helpful. Sorry to hear of your daughter's trouble. I will read up on auditory processing disorder as it sounds like a possible for my DS.

Can I ask whether they are giving you exercises to help, or is it more a question of being aware?

happynewmind Mon 21-Jan-13 13:46:11

I have recently been told that it is possible for children who are good readers to be Dyslexic because they find a different method of reading the words after being told by old school that because she could read so well it couldn't be dyslexia.

My dd1 is in year 5. she is exactly as above, she does not get phonics, her handwriting is awful, spelling is really bad, they have just assessed her in school and they came back with Auditory processing disorder and Receptive language disorder. She is also waiting for Dyslexia assessment.

I always thought her speech was very good compared to previous SAL issues but she tends to only speak about what she knows solidly.

schmee Mon 21-Jan-13 13:36:56

Sorry this is so long.

My son is in year one and confidently reads at least a year above his age but seems to have no phonic ability at all. He guesses words from context, recognises whole words or guesses from the first letter, but can't decode. His spelling is really bad unless he learns the word and then he will still write the word as an anagram or rough approximation. He regularly reverses letters (b/d j/t).

His handwriting is also really bad, which didn't worry me too much because of his age, until I realised he had problems with his phonics.

He has had glue ear in the past and still suffers mildly. Has he missed out on developing awareness of sounds? He hit his speech milestones and his vocabulary has always been very very good for his age, but he used to miss out consonants and some people found him difficult to understand at 4/5. He still mispronounces some words or uses the wrong word.

I have started to wonder if he has dyslexia, partly because of the reversal of letters etc. Am I completely off track and he has just somehow "not got" the whole phonics thing?

How could I help him?

He is very resourceful in compensating for his glue ear, and I wondered if the same might be happening with his reading (i.e. finding his own way to do it because he doesn't understand the way it is taught).

His cousin has processing problems (dyspraxia) and dysgraphia.

School feel that there is a problem with his handwriting and that he shouldn't still be reversing letters, but have told me not to worry about dyslexia (because of his reading I think).

Any suggestions gratefully received.

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