night terrors

Julie - posted on 01/29/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son, who is now 13, has dyslexia. He has had night terrors since he began school. They seem most intense when he is in the process of learning a new skill or under alot of stress. Is this common with dyslexic kids?

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Night terrors are usually brought on by stress, not directly from dyslexia. The stress of learning new things, especially in young children, does bring on night terrors, ticks, and other signs of stress like picking at/biting nails, sleepwalking, and even stomach/eating problems. My daughter had the eating and sleeping problems until we got help through the school. She had to get some special mods at school, but with a reading specialist's help, she is now a freshman in high school with no more special mods!

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Jess - posted on 01/14/2011

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I think that myson might be dyslexic too and he has started having night terrors since school began. He gets into bed with me at least once a week now and I have no idea where it came from. He had never had this problem before he started school.

Deborah - posted on 10/08/2010

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I have a theory that since these kids learn visually and have very advanced visual processes, maybe that translates into more vivid dreaming? Whatever it is, my dyslexic son does seem to have more 'nightmares' and night terrors than the average kid. And probably more school-related stress, too, so it's probably all related.

Amanda - posted on 01/17/2010

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my 8 year old son has just recently been diagnosed with dyslexia. he also has night terrors. sometimes he'll have them 3 times a week or a couple of months will go by before he has one. I never linked this to dyslexia before. I know he is sleeping but his eyes are open and most of the time after the night terror is over, he doesn't realized what has happened or why he is crying. Help! Does anyone have any suggestions on how to come my son down when he is having a night terror? It get fustrating sometimes especially since I don't get much sleep with a newborn now.

Amanda - posted on 11/14/2009

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My son has not been diagnosed yet but my husband does have severe dyslexia and suffered from night terrors most of his schooling years.

Yulina - posted on 05/06/2009

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This happened to my son (11 years old) - he used to peel the skin off his fingers until they bled. I noticed he would come home with raw fingers and caught him doing it at homework times, especially when practising new concepts in lessons. I spoke to his teachers about it and they are aware to look out for this telltale sign of stress. I am happy to report that he has stopped doing it.

User - posted on 04/26/2009

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My daughter is 10 and has dyslexia, she also had night terrors when she was younger, but not in the last few years.

Tina - posted on 02/11/2009

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I have two boys 18 years old and 8 years old that have dyslexia. One has night terrors and ticks, the other had nothing.

Jane - posted on 01/30/2009

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Its not something I have come across but all kids are different and stress can effect evryone in different ways.  I hope he finds a way to cope soon x

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