You might be feeling worried, overwhelmed, unsure about what a dyslexia identification means. I remember the feeling clearly. But I'm here to tell you that it's going to be OK! In fact, it's better than OK. A dyslexia identification opens your eyes to seeing the world in a whole new way. An exquisite, beautiful, dyslexic way. And helps you understand, appreciate and connect with your child, too.
Our son was identified as dyslexic about 5 years after he was identified profoundly gifted. Just as I did when we learned he was PG, I dug in and started learning all I could about dyslexia and twice-exceptionality (or 2E, being gifted with a learning difference). This time around, though, I had just started a full-time corporate gig, and the task seemed particularly overwhelming. There were many late, late nights researching websites, reading books and parent forums, talking with experts, calling tutor after tutor, looking for an opening, wondering if we should switch schools. It was all. So. Hard. Again, I reinvented the wheel. And felt alone. After all, how can your child be gifted AND dyslexic? The dyslexia stigma was telling us (incorrectly!) that dyslexics aren't as intelligent as the rest, so we couldn't really talk about this at our independent school for the gifted.
Again, here's the good news. It doesn't have to be so hard. I've already spent hours and hours of my time learning all I can so you don't have to, and I'm happy to pass what I've learned along to you. And importantly, you're not alone. There's a whole community out here waiting for you and your family--nearly 1 in 5 people are dyslexic. And they are some of our most talented, creative and brilliant thinkers.
So my nutshell advice for NOW WHAT?
Start here: The Dyslexic Advantage by Drs. Brock & Fernette Eide.
And let's schedule some time together.