Listen to your inner voice . . .
You know that little voice that speaks to you and causes you to worry around the edges? The one you try to ignore because it probably means there is trouble in “paradise?”
Consider these statements I’ve heard parents make:
I know in my heart that my daughter is struggling with reading, but all of her teachers say that she’s so smart they know she’ll catch up in no time . . .
My son is having a hard time reading, but he’s probably just a late bloomer . . .
I know my son is bright, but I hear him crying at night after he’s gone to bed because he feels dumb . . .
I’m suspicious that my daughter’s many ailments are just an excuse to avoid school. She says she’s really sick, but she often talks about how hard school is for her compared to her friends . . .
Have you ever had thoughts like these? Wondered whether your child really would catch up? Had a feeling that school was really tougher for your child than you realized?
You’re not alone. Many parents who have sent their children to our school for dyslexic children have tried to ignore thoughts like these. I know I did. My son had such strong verbal skills that I thought the psychologist was wrong about his learning difference. I didn’t believe the expert! Talk about denial!
But you know that there is good reason to listen to that inner voice. I suspect that it has never failed you before. If you have that nagging sense that you need to do something about your fears for your child, now is the time to act. As Sally Shaywitz says, “Dyslexia robs our children of time.” Without proper intervention, dyslexic children will never catch up to their peers.
Follow that instinct and have your child tested. The information you will receive is not scary. Rather, it will provide a roadmap for you to follow as you plan the next steps for your child’s education. You will feel much better once you put those action steps into place, and your child will flourish because of it.