Free Webinar Replay: Beyond Dyslexia: Overcoming Reading Challenges for Kids with ADHD
In this hour-long webinar-on-demand, learn how to recognize the symptoms of a reading problem like dyslexia with Dr. Robin McEvoy.
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2 Comments: Free Webinar Replay: Beyond Dyslexia: Overcoming Reading Challenges for Kids with ADHD
My 9 Year old dyslexic/adhd-inattentive son is improving his reading significantly with intervention. Spelling is another story. My question is, does it really matter if he never learns to spell? Or, should I focus on spelling once reading is more established?
So sorry for the late reply. I was monitoring the forum questions, but not here. But about spelling . . . we are in a transition stage for spelling. Because we are moving kids to word processing so early (with the gifts of spell check and auto-correct), there is less focus on teaching and maintaining good spelling. There is the expectation that the computers will do it. That being said, I know some bad spellers who can challenge the best spell-checker programs and can have some dramatic or hilarious auto-correct fails. So yes, remediate the reading and then put a little time into spelling. Enough that he has a good basic spelling vocabulary of common words. But don’t expect great spelling. Also, if he is focusing on getting his thoughts on paper, he may not be able to even think to much about spelling without his thoughts getting away (I do recommend some “dictation” strategies where the child dictates key ideas to a parent or adult. Once the key ideas are out onto sticky notes, then organize them. The child can write from those notes. The lets them focus a bit more on spelling, sentence structure and other conventions without their thoughts “getting away.” Spelling concerns are really important issues right now because of the shifting sands of expectation, so I am glad you asked. I think I will do a little blog entry about it today or this weekend. That will be a longer response including 504 accommodations. I will put it up on my blog (www.learningmoxie.com) and link it on Facebook (Robin McEvoy, Ph.D.). Thanks, Robin McEvoy