Lynn - posted on 06/16/2009 ( 1 mom has responded )
Hello all. I am starting this community to help those mother's out there who are dealing with children with learning disabilites. My oldest daughter and I have been down a long bumpy road. She is 11 now(will be 12 in August) with alot more issues to over come.
The last 4 yrs have been very stressful and continue to be but we have made alot of progress. At age 8(2nd grade) my daughter and I had a life changing experience.
My daughter started pulling her eyelashes out and her whole personality changed. We thought maybe something was wrong with her eyesight. We had vision tested and spent lots of money for vision therapy. Needless to say it didn't help. She started pulling her eyebrows out as well. She was struggling in school. I decided to take her to Sylvan for some tutoring (2yrs worth). More money wasted and it didn't help.
My daughter started having other issues. She started having social issues, autisic signs,anxiety,depression,OCD,trichotillomania(hair pulling) (took her to a phycologist for these diagnosis and put on medication). I felt as if no matter what I tried nothing helped. I felt like I was failing my daughter.
Then finally a light shined down on me. Last summer I was online and came across a website:Barton System by Susan Barton. She was sent from god. She specializes is Dyslexia. There was a list of symptoms and my daughter had everyone of them. I sent off for more information about having my daughter tested for dyslexia. I did some research and found a very loving,dedicated lady in Columbus who tested my daughter. It was a 4 hour test!! We'll as I kind of already felt in my heart, my daughter was moderate to severely dyslexic.
This wonderful woman went above and beyond her job to tell me what to do to help my daughter and how to make the public school system give my daughter the accomodations she needed. So as of the beginning of this school year we have been doing some of the things my daughter needs(which included driving to Richmond,IN twice a week) and it has helped. She actually is doing better. We still have a long road ahead of us,but at least we are seeing results. The thing with dyslexia is that it'll never go away.
I have decided to take classes on the program(LiPS) that my daughter is currently on so that I can tutor her. I will then become certified to tutor the Barton System which is the next program that my daughter needs. I want to help my daughter and other children with dyslexia. I feel that God has sent me down this road.
My daughter will be in the 6th grade this next school year and I am so proud of all her hard work.