Raising a 10 year old Dyslexic in this social media drivin world

Rachel - posted on 08/28/2014 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Anyone struggling with their child and them using social media, like instagram? He struggles to write comments correctly, etc. But wants to do as his friends do..

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Chet - posted on 08/28/2014

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Maybe he could make greater use of smilies and emojis. That might help some. Mostly though, I think I would just use this as a motivator, and as an opportunity to help your son learn to accept and cope with his difference.

Explain to your son that everyone has things that come easy, and things that take extra work. This is something that he's just gong to have to work harder at than a lot of other kids. Than remind him of something that comes easy to him.

What's nice about social media is that short texts are very acceptable. It actually seems like it could be a good place for dyslexics to practise reading and writing.

Also, does your school have anyone who works with kids and adaptive technology? Somebody might be able to sit down with your son and alter things like fonts and colours to make things easier for him to read... or set him up to have the device read the message aloud to him.

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Rachel - posted on 08/28/2014

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Chet - this was SO nice to read, thank you! Very good points and suggestions! I need to focus on his positives and yes, things that come easier to him! His self confidence is my biggest issue and what you said gives me some ideas. Again, thank you for the kind words! :)

Rachel - posted on 08/28/2014

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Yes, we took him to a Childrens hospital where he was diagnosed. We hired a tutor who is certified in Wilson, whiches is part of Orton Gillingham. Its very upsetting to see him try to blend in with his siblings and school friends where his social skills are lacking. I am looking for parents in my situation and there thoughts with dealing with this. Where it has affected their own child.

Dove - posted on 08/28/2014

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So then my assumption that you are getting help from the school for his dyslexia is incorrect?

Rachel - posted on 08/28/2014

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I am disregarding your comments. Lol. My issues are not about should he have an account. Its about dyslexia and dealing with a social media account.

Dove - posted on 08/28/2014

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lol You can't control what responses you get when you post on an open forum.

I am 'assuming' that if he is dyslexic he is already receiving tutoring services via the school because if he isn't ... he should be. Therefore writing correctly should be being addressed there. My point was that you do not HAVE to allow social media simply because 'all his friends are doing it.' I'm sorry you don't take that to be helpful advice.

Dove - posted on 08/28/2014

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My children are not dyslexic, so they don't have trouble writing anything... but at 10 years old I do not allow them to have social media accounts. My oldest will be 13 soon and that is when she will be allowed to get a (well supervised) Facebook account. I simply do not believe that young children have any business being on social media... regardless of what their friends' parents may allow.

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