My son's future with dyslexia
Organized by: One Determined Mom
Recently, my 7 1/2 year old son showed me a paper and said he'd written down his feelings. But I couldn't read it. Not a word. We had just recieved his diagnosis, and at this moment, it cut me to the core: my son can't read and write.
Earlier this year in first grade, my son's teacher noticed he was not keeping up. So, I took him to a private-practice neuropsychologist who diagnosed him with a reading disorder in the dyslexia spectrum, compounded by sensory processing disorder.
More surprising, insurance does not cover treatment related to dyslexia or reading/learning disorders.
The doctor says my son needs to be taught differently in order to be able to read and write. But at nearly $600 a month, the therapy (a specialized tutoring) is beyond our means. Honestly, I don't know anyone who could afford this. And that's why we need help.
This little boy has big dreams of being a scientist who will cure cancer, which has taken three close relatives and, recently, a family friend. He is bright and has great potential, according to the neuropsychologist. And according to his loving mom.
This summer is our chance to get him started on the path to catching up befor it's too late!
Why is it so hard--there must be "help"? We seem to slip through the cracks and this kind of clinical therapy is not provided by the school or covered by insurance. There has been no magical help--we pull this off or our son does not learn to read.
Why ask for help? We both work full time and my husband does overtime every time it's offered. But we never have a $600 buffer. We have been able to eke out payments for other therapies and tests, but this tutoring is the mountain we just can't climb. Even though we have already given up cable TV and other things to save money.
I keep thinking, "Without being able to read or to write, what will he do for the rest of his life? What will happen to him?"
If it would help, my husband may find himself auctioned-off on ebay. ;)