- Esther G. Friedman M.Ed.
My take on the charming personality traits of a child with Dyslexia
a. Bright and Appealing
b. High Vocabulary/Early talker who accelerated quickly
c. Creativity on the loose
d. Mixes up words or names that cross paths in his brain like lunch and supper or the uncle and friend that he met the same day, and who both wear their sunglasses in their shirts, or what about both of his sister's friends who come together to his house? He'll say one name, while really picturing the other.
e. Has trouble remembering names
SAMPLE 1: "Hi mommy, Assuming my friend wants it, you know that friend who came over on the day before yesterday, is it possible that he can have that brown thingie treat, the one that we bought yesterday with icing on the top?"
f. Very solicitous and chivalrous
SAMPLE 2: " Daddy, you're too late for lunch (means supper). We ate already. It's whole wheat. But the soup is not whole wheat. Does that go with your diet? We goed to the playground and saw JOSH (meant to say his uncle but said the other tall guy who visits your house instead). Should we order you something else next time so it will work out better?"
g. May mix up words that go together at times, even thought it will come out another time.
SAMPLE 3: "Which recipes should we use to make that cake?" (means ingredients) but later on uses that word just fine, so it's present but just didn't come out at the right time.
h. Surprises you with the most on the mark line ever noted at the exact right time when you're not looking for it.
SAMPLE 4: MOM walks into the room. "Wow", You look so..."oh, mom, were you looking for the word "lovely", well actually I was, and my daughter helped me out, and if you say to her that she looks snazzy, and ask her what it means, a synonym may just come out of your little sharp-shooter..."shtoty"
I. May be left handed
j. Likes to feel in control since so much is out of her control, so giving her choices is the best route like "how many are you willing to share with me when you are in the mood of sharing?"
k. May "bench" just like you...umifirnais. mumble mumble umaichin mazon...mumble, emphasizing the words she hears you say out loud
I. Thinks he said something that he didn't say because he actually said it in thinking, it or will self correct himself as he tries to remember a name...when he's busy with a lot of thoughts at one time
SAMPLE 5: "but mommy/grandma...that's what I said...I meant.."
m. Has really fancy vocabulary which she may use both at the right and wrong time. You might get...
SAMPLE 6: Are you available? um...not such available OR words like I didn't realize that you said or remember what you said, intermixed.
n. Possesses the "sayings" as young as 3 years old looking like she has it all together
SAMPLE 7: "I'm not sure" or "it might not be a good idea" or "calm down, it's okay", "it wasn't necessary","scoop it up"
o. May use some awkward language at times when trying to say it quick or mix up syllabes SAMPLE 8: "I knowed it already." "She was eating breafkast."
p. May have trouble expressing the intensity of her emotions...
SAMPLE 9: "I just....looove you"
AND I love you too, little representations of these little developers with brains full of words all coming out at the right times to make 1 PERFECT picture. Let's keep the picture perfect through giving them what they need to become effective readers so they feel the SWEET taste of success before any fight occurs. It WILL seems strange but READING will not come as readily and charmingly as language unless you take ACTION.