Dyslexia Advocate Moms
I am a baseball mom.(And a dyslexia advocate mom!) My son—who has dyslexia—has found great success on the baseball field, and I have supported him from the stands for years. During all that time, I’ve become friends with a lot of other baseball moms—you know how we all sit and chat for hours about anything and everything.
So they all know about my work in dyslexia, and every once in a while it becomes a topic of discussion. Over last weekend, it went one step beyond: A mom named Jill asked me if I could help her sister, Jennifer, whose second-grade son is having trouble in school. Of course, I’d be happy to, I replied, handing her my business card.
Modern technology, being what it is these days, intervened. Jill texted a photo of my business card to Jennifer, and we started quite a texting back-and-forth. Finally, we decided to have a nice little chat on the phone.
Turns out that Jennifer’s little boy was tested, identified with Specific Learning Disability, and—as so often happens—the school says, no, he doesn’t have dyslexia, despite the fact he struggles to read, write and spell.
But mom knows better.
This motivated mom ended up having her son tested at the Dyslexia Training Institute in San Diego, moving her family from the Pacific Northwest to Southern California so her son could get Lindamood-Bell services, and she is now using the Susan Barton method to improve his reading skills. Another dyslexia advocate mom!
She’s learning everything she can about assistive technology in order to help her son keep up in General Education classes without having to use Special Education services. She regularly meets with teachers at her son’s school, and with community members in Decoding Dyslexia meets to share what she’s learned, and participates regularly in online support groups for parents of dyslexia.
Jennifer knows it’s a long road ahead, but she’s as upbeat and optimistic as can be, recognizing her son’s strengths and weaknesses—and doing something about them!
She’s a superstar dyslexia advocate and an inspiration for other parents of children with dyslexia—someone who has stepped up to the plate and become a real champion, for her children and all the others team dyslexia.