We met with the folks at the Luke Waite Center for Dyslexia yesterday morning. Over the course of 45 minutes we found that Hollywood is behind in reading (no surprise, that’s why we were there to begin with), and on grade level, if not a little ahead, in math. Again no surprise.
They confirmed that she is ADHD Innattentive type. A diagnosis that we got from our pediatrician, so confirmation was nice.
The real problem? She’s not dyslexic. So we’re thrown into the difficult place of limbo again. Again.
See, with ADHD Inattentive Executive function is affected. That translates to everything organizational. From being able to organize thoughts in writing to being able to find needed papers. In reading, it affects the ability to organize what they see on the page. They’re consistently inconsistent.
So where does limbo come in?
She might also have a Verbal/Language disorder. Which closely mimics Executive function in how it affects reading and comprehension. Lovely.
Scottish Rite doesn’t test for or treat these issues. So we now have to pursue another avenue of testing and possibly treatment.
On the one hand, I am glad she is not dyslexic. It feels like one more hurdle has been removed in the race for answers. On the other hand, I am disappointed because it feels like at least dyslexia would have been an answer.
Onward and upward right?
The next step
They recommended that we start at the beginning. Again. We are going to a new program – Explode the Code. Thankfully, they have an online option, which I am hoping is set up in much the same way as Teaching Textbooks. Limiting the information in front of her seems to be the best way for her to learn. Eliminate distractions. That’s the motto these days.
We have a contact to call to arrange for further Language testing. So we will pursue that. If it turns out to be a problem we’ll start services. If not, at least we will have eliminated another hurdle.
And that’s the plan. Keep eliminating hurdles in this marathon. Keep eliminating the hurdles until all that’s left is a straight run forward.