By Fellissa Richard
A few years ago, I noticed my 15-year-old son was struggling with spelling, writing, and remembering words. After reading up on the subject, I began to suspect Buddy might have dyslexia. I talked to his teachers about my concerns, and, shortly after that, the school tested him. The results showed he had a learning disability (LD) in written language.
After his LD was identified, Buddy questioned his abilities even more. He said he felt more "stupid" than ever. He wanted to give up, and I started to panic. I worried about how I was going to build and maintain his self-esteem and motivate him to do well in school. How could I help him overcome his misperceptions about his LD?
Throughout the past three years, I've tried to figure out what works and what doesn't. I've learned that what may work one year doesn't necessarily work the next. This hasn't been easy, but I know what I need to do to support Buddy, even on those days that don't go smoothly for either of us.
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