BrianC asks:

How do we help our son who has Auditory Dyslexia be successful at school?

Our son had been diagnosed with dyslexia (visual & auditory) as a freshman in HS

As with many public school kids who go years without being dianosed, he maintained an A average through middle school. It wasn't until he attended a private high school that we were alerted to his disability and they were quick to respond with support at all levels.

Now back in public high school, he is able to overcome most visual dyslexia problems with the help of books on CD thru RFBD and just reading things twice. However the auditory dyslexia is creating a communication disconnect.

Many public high school teachers bounce and skate through the class material and this can lead to information not being processed correctly and eventual problems with grades and self esteem. We understand the schools lack resources to deal with individual students and this seems like an issue that is ongoing. The bigger concern is the teachers who are not willing to take time to deal with students who do have needs--this after numerous meetings with the teachers and administration.

We are open to suggestions on how to best deal with the school administration.
In Topics: Working with my child's teacher(s), Dyslexia
> 60 days ago

rkaiulani writes:
Hi Brian,<br />
Although it sounds like you are doing everything you can to work with your son's school's administration, a quick fix that I would suggest is to buy your son a tape recored of some sort. If he owns an iPod, there are tiny microphones that you can plug in and just record straight onto the iPod. That way, he can listen to what went on in class a second time, at his own pace. I knew several people in college with learning disabilities who recorded lectures and then listened to them again as a way to study, and it seemed to work great!<br />
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eshinn writes:
Hi Brian,

Dealing with school administration can be challenging!  Here are a few suggestions I often give parents and students.

Be proactive!  Talk to your son's counselor before class assignments are made.  Ask for teachers that are more open to making accommodations and avoid the sticklers.  

Consider requesting a waiver for foreign language or taking sign language at a community college.

Enroll in a study skills class as a part of the school day.  This can offer additional time for clarification of concepts and the opportunity to ask questions in a smaller setting.

Request a copy of teacher lecture notes.  Your son should have these BEFORE the lecture.  He can follow along and preview the information ahead of time.

Remind administrators and teachers that what helps one student often helps many.  By helping your son, they are likely supporting several other students as well.

On the bright side, learning to make things work on your own is good practice for  college.  

Hope this helps and good luck.

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