the walk for dyslexia

You may be wondering why there is yet another dyslexia related event happening over here with us Olsens and that is because October is Dyslexia Awareness month. I know. Who knew? Dyslexia "is a disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words." Basically a disconnect between what letter a dyslexic person sees and what sound accompanies said letter (phonological awareness). I used to think it meant switching letters or seeing a letter backwards, which does happen, but it is so much more than that. It affects processing what a person sees or hears, or coming up with the right word to form an answer to a question, or remembering sequences, or difficulty pronouncing a new word, or spelling, or the time it takes to complete any activity that involves reading or writing.... So basically, a lot. 

If you have been around here for awhile you know that Letty has always been concerning... She had great difficulty as a toddler and even into preschool learning shapes, colors, her letters... She took awhile (long long while) to learn how to spell her name or when her birthday was... She struggles to remember people's names and frequently switches out her friend's names that have the same number of letters and start with the same letter. She constantly says "thing" or "stuff" because she struggles to recall the word she wants to use to describe something. Her reading level is far below grade level and the time it takes for her to read even the simplest of texts is exhausting. She is self-conscious and anxious when she is asked to read something. But she gives maximum effort. She tries so hard and is the very opposite of lazy. She is so smart! She is a creative thinker and loves art. But she also recognizes her difference. This video helped her get a broad understanding of what was going on in a way that didn't make it seem like a bad thing...

She was tested multiple times before public school and we were told she would outgrow it, but once she started first grade it became more and more obvious that something was up. We got to know individuals who knew the ropes and they really encouraged us to have her tested and get her an IEP. Which we did. We got her a tutor and got her on the waiting list for The Children's Dyslexia Center of Lancaster. Which is a non-profit that offers free tutoring to approximately thirty students per year (this year, Letty is one of those students). The cost of this (for the center) is as you can imagine quite a lot and so they do several fundraisers and awareness type events during the year. This walk being one. 


The rain held off a little bit but it was definitely misting... so we walked a few times around the block... Dominic refusing to walk as expected... They had a ton of food for the walkers and different activities around the center for the kids to do afterwards. I wish the turn out had been better, I mean, for obvious reasons. But I'm still so glad we did this as a family!

Thanks to all who support us as we navigate these waters! We appreciate you all! Let me know if you have any questions, I know four years ago I had no real idea of what it meant to be dyslexic. And I just keep on learning!



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  1. Just like you, I thought Dyslexia was seeing a letter backwards. But, it’s so much more than that. Mason’s best friend has Dyslexia and because of that we have learned so much about it. I’m sure it’s so hard on your mama heart to see her struggle (as it is for me with Mason’s ADHD), so I will be keeping you in thought and prayer. One thing is for sure, Letty has an amazing support system. And her Dyslexia does not define her.

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