Saturday, November 24, 2012

Day 1146 - Dyslexia

Today we are celebrating a milestone.

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As you know Darby has dyslexia.  Up until a few months ago he didn't know that. We didn't want him to be labelled so we told him his eyes weren't as fit as the rest of his body which is why he had trouble learning to read. But then an adult dyslexic told me that knowing WHY she had trouble reading and writing made her feel less stupid. So we told him there was a word for his learning challenge - dyslexia - and now he knows.

Darby had some fairly intense dyslexia therapy a couple of years ago through the Alison Lawson Clinic when we first discovered it.  He had twelve weeks of eye exercises, twenty times a day.  It was exhausting for everyone. It helped correct his "lazy outward eye muscles".

This year we registered him for some tutoring with Kip McGrath to get his reading and writing to a point that helped him feel more confident.  We weren't sure how it would go, because (according to other parents) apparently no matter what we do it will still be an upward battle.  But for the sake of his confidence and giving him the best chance possible, we explored the possibilities.

When Darby started at Kip McGrath in February this year he had a reading and spelling level of a six year old.  He is eight. Yesterday we got a call from the people at Kip McGrath who had assessed him again in the last two weeks and he is now reading and spelling at 9.2.  That means he is now ABOVE HIS AGE.

We told him the results. He punched the air above his head and yelled "yeah!!!!" over and over and over.  He is very proud.

And so are we.

Today I am grateful for being able to give my son confidence, vision and something to celebrate.

For more Saturday gratefuls head on over to Maxabella at Kidspot's Village Voices.

Have a great blue sky day.


  1. Wow, that is amazing! I have never heard of this program, I am off to find out more now. I teach 6 - 8 year old children and quite often have children with dyslexia in my class. Thank you.

  2. We are so proud of Darby! Not only for this most recent achievement but because of his ongoing participation and resiliance. We are also very proud of his mum who never gives up and provides him with so much love and constant support to cope with the many challenges that dyslexia presents.

  3. What a fantastic effort!!! Well done Darby, and more importantly, well done YOU (and the family)!!!

    A friend of mine was told he had dyslexia (years ago) and it was back then a label you didn't want to have... He is now a 'troubled soul', but he never really got the treatment like Darby had either, but he IS getting better...

    Wishing him all the very best into the future!

  4. This is wonderful news. Well done to Darby!!!!! x

  5. Great news. Well done Langdown family.

  6. Bless him, I bet that must have felt great! xx


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