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Hey Teacher, My Child Can't Read! Get Answers about Learning Disabilities Here...

Updated on November 17, 2009

1. Is your child having trouble in school because he or she can't read, write or spell as well as classmates?

2. Do you feel like you are the only person who thinks there is a problem?

3. Have you attended a school conference to discuss your child's "progress"?

4. Have you attended more than one of these meetings?

5. Are you on a first name basis (yet) with the teacher, principal, assistant principal, school nurse, after school tutor, school district psychologist and other professionals because you have had so many conversations with them?

6. Do you get a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach that there may not be an answer?

You are not alone...

The mission of this Squidoo lens is to give parents hope that their child can have a chance to excel in school and show the world just how intelligent they really are. That's all we ever wanted for Hannah and that is how the story has turned out. Read on for more insights into Auditory Processing Disorder.

Details About Our Daughter's Learning Disability

Auditory Processing Disorder

At the time we went through this we could not find any answers that made sense to us. Hannah loved to be read to, had an unusually large vocabulary for her age, very imaginative, she was artistically creative and while being shy, she did have close friends at school.

To us, Hannah did not appear to be dyslexic, hyperactive or autistic. But, those were the possibilities presented to us by many people in the medical and academic worlds.

The reality was that Hannah was not failing any of her subjects in K or 1st grades despite the fact that she could not pass a simple 5 word spelling test, write legibly or read any written word.

Hannah appeared to be a typical 1st grader to most people. But Hannah is anything but typical...she has a learning disability called "auditory processing disorder" aka "central auditory processing disorder". About 5% of all school age children suffer with this disability.

It took two years (through Kindergarten and 1st grade) for us to get to the point that our daughter was placed with the reading specialist that she needed.

It's an amazing story with a happy ending just 5 years later...Most of the credit goes to Hannah. It was her desire to read that made her successful.

The rest of the credit goes to her Reading Specialist, Kay McFadden. Many of the tools and techniques that Kay used to help Hannah were from the Reading Assist Institute of Delaware. I have information about RAI included on this site. Be sure and check it out.

You can hear Hannah tell her own story and find out what you can do to get your child the help they need by scrolling down to the Podcast recording box below.

2009 UPDATE ON HANNAH

Hannah is now in the 9th grade. She attends a Technical High School in our county and is interested in Environmental Science or Computer Graphics as her Vocational Study. She is also taking Academic Courses to prepare for College in four years. It has been a truly amazing transformation in just 8 quick years.

To recap Hannah's education: 2nd grade through 5th grade with a reading specialist each day for at least one period, team taught in 6th and 7th grades and mainstreamed into regular classrooms in 8th grade.

Hannah was Kay McFadden's last success story in the Milford School District as she retired the same year that Hannah graduated from elementary school. We will always be thankful that she was there for Hannah.

As for me, I am currently being trained by the Reading Assist Institute to help other young kids like Hannah learn to read in the Milford School District. It is a 48 hour training that is stretched out over 8 weeks till November.

Click the Box below to hear Hannah's story and Learn more.

Listen on your computer or download the podcast...

A 30 minute recording of Dean Geyer and his daughter Hannah talking about how she overcame her learning disability. With the help of a reading specialist, she was able to catch up with the reading abilities of her classmates and become an honor student in 5 years. She will be entering the 8th grade in 2008 and will be in "mainstream classes" for the first time. This is the introduction to a series of interviews with experts to help parents find help for their kids.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My nine year old sister finds reading and spelling very difficult, im looking for information that will assist her in gaing her full potental

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      [in reply to Dean_Geyer] . Just wanted to say I'm so thankful I ran across this site.I have a 8 year old son who still can not read. the school is doing what they think is right,but just too slow,He is on tier one, and they say he will be on tier two by December,well then x-mas break will roll around and he will fail 2cd. grade. He is very smart,gets the compression part,is up to grade in math,handwriting and everything else except he can NOT read..So please tell me if this is how your daughter was,and that i do have hope in finding out what is going on with my son..Many thanks..Melissa Boney.. my e-mail is nymph1269@yahoo.com

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      LearningRxKennesaw 8 years ago

      As a passionate advocate for children with learning struggles, I am aware of how frustrating getting the right help can be. Have you checked out LearningRx? We provide cognitive skills training for children and adults like you daughter. We work closely with pediatricians, speech pathologists, and pshychologists to help target the specific needs of our students. Check us out at www.learningrx.com/kennesaw for more information.

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      Donnette Davis 8 years ago from South Africa

      What an inspiring story. I have linked to this lens on http://www.squidoo.com/autism-explained Thank you so much for sharing.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hello my 11yr old son needs help he can't read

      and he is just so lost. when you read a story to him he

      may or maynot get the concept. where can I get help for him?

      I live in NY

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hello my 11yr old son needs help he can't read

      and he is just so lost. when you read a story to him he

      may or maynot get the concept. where can I get help for him?

      I live in NY

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Wonderful success story! I honor your persistence and determination to find a good solution! Lensrolling to Kids with Special Needs.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Wonderful success story! I honor your persistence and determination to find a good solution! Lensrolling to Kids with Special Needs.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you for sharing your story. This is a wonderful lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi,

      The lens is furnished in a good way and it can help many parents about their children facing problems. A big 5 stars for your lens.

      Check out my the janitorialseek blog

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      DeanGeyer1 8 years ago

      To Shawn and anyone else who needs to contact me: please send an email to freechocolate@comcast.net with Attn: Dean in the subject line. I will get back to you very quickly.

      PS...Shawn, I will gladly give you access to the complete interview.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi Dean. Thanks for this information. It's a breath of fresh air because we believe our 1st grader has APD as well and didn't have any real answers until now. I listened to the replay of the call but it only played the first 15 minutes. Is there any way to hear the rest of the call. We would really like to know what steps to take, etc. Thanks.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi Dean - I came across this lens entirely by accident while trawling through the Squidoo Directory. We have a lot in common as my daughter has APD as well.

      All the best to you and Hannah and I hope she is getting the support she needs from her school.

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      cleansweeping 9 years ago

      As a teacher, I am so glad you helped your daughter as much as you did. No one person has all of the answers! Thanks for sharing your story on this lens! (www.squidoo.com/stlouisfamilyfun)

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      funwithtrains lm 9 years ago

      Nice Lens! 5 stars and a favorite from me! Please visit my Auto Social Poster for Automatic Bookmarking lens.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi Dean, very inspiring, and your lens is absolutely beautiful-mind if a copy, and how did you do that podcast box

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      The-Coffee-Guy 9 years ago

      Thanks Dean. My son had a similar challenge. He now has a masters in library science and a job as a librarian in a University.

      Good luck Hannah

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Hi Hannah,

      What is your favorite book?

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks Dean. I have little ones, and of course I look for every little problem, but your example of courage and perseverance is very memorable. Thanks. Mike Logan

    READING ASSIST INSTITUTE of DELAWARE

    VIRGINIA (GINGER) LANIER BIASOTTO is a native of Delaware. She is the founder of Reading Assist Institute.

    Parents Need to Check Out http://educatingandrew.com!

    educatingandrew.com is dedicated to the story of Andrew Biassoto. His mother, Ginger, is the founder of Reading Assist Institute which continues the work that she began with Andrew. The website has a terrific resource page for parents of kids having trouble reading.

    Reading Specialist Gives Parents Advice Online

    Listen and Ask Questions on Wednesday May 28 at 7 pm (EST)

    I will be interviewing Reading Specialist, Kaye McFadden on Wednesday night about learning disabilities, how she helped my daughter in elementary school and what parents can do to help their child. The call should last about one hour. Recorded replay will be available.

    You can listen for free on your computer or dial in

    I will have more specific info available here soon.

    Until then be sure and listen to my conversation with my daughter Hannah which is below.

    Handout and Notes for the Reading Specialist Call

    Click the Link to get your info for the call

    I have prepared a Study Guide for the call...you will find a list of the questions my daughter's Reading Specialist, Kaye McFadden answered on the call, space for your notes from the call and a list of online resources that Kaye and I find useful...

    Get Your Cheatsheet for the Call Here

    Good Books About Reading Problems...

    Benefits of Bedtime Reading

    James Randerson, science correspondent for Guardian

    Dean's comments on the article:

    Like most families, we have a tradition of reading at least one book to our children before bed. Some people might argue that for a child with a learning disability that this would be a waste of time. I personally feel that while bedtime reading did nothing to help Hannah with her learning disability(which we weren't even aware of until she was 6), it did inspire and motivate her to want to read.

    Benefits of Bedtime Reading by James Randerson

    Reading to young children stimulates their development and gives them a head start when they reach school, according to researchers who have reviewed studies on the effects of reading. Apart from helping their reading, sharing a bedtime story with a child promotes their motor skills, through learning to turn the pages, and their memory. It also improves their emotional and social development.

    "You can imagine if someone technologically came up with a widget that would stimulate all aspects of a two-year-old's development, everyone would want to buy it," said Professor Barry Zuckerman, of the department of paediatrics at Boston University school of medicine, who led the study.

    Studies show that children who are read to from an earlier age have better language development and tend to have better language scores later in life. Getting children to grip pages with their thumb and forefinger improves their motor skills.

    Most important, though, said Zuckerman, is that reading aloud is a period of shared attention and emotion between parent and child. This reinforces reading as a pleasurable activity.

    "Children ultimately learn to love books because they are sharing it with someone they love," he said. The research is published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.

    guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2008

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        we came to england recently with my 7 rears old daugter.she is year 3 but dosenot understand english.i am worried for her

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        Ive recently tried this program with my 2 year old son. You can Teach Your Child to read with free video guide.

        Firststepreading.com.

        It's a fun program , my son is really enjoying the videos and the characters in them. i spend 15- 20 minutes a day showing the videos to my son and follow the phonic sounds throughout our daily chores so he gets the hang of the phonics and can identify and read the letters.

        You must check out this site, and the videos are FREE for all:

        firststepreading.com

        Teach Your Child to read with free video guides

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        mary lighthouse15 5 years ago

        Hi Dean, your lens is great. I have a lens about children with special needs, would you mind if I put your lens in my Featured Lenses? Pls hit my bio page for your reply. Thanks!

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        hi Dean i have two boys aged 11&9 i have been told by their school they have speech and languge difficulties,the youngest can't read or write but i feel there is more to this, that the school has let them down.the school has a unit to help kids with difficulties an i knew my oldest was struggling in pre school,the school finally said in 5th year of primary school he was unteachable in class that he needs to be in the unit but he was refused a place so don't know whos educating my son and i don't nowhere to turn im so lost x

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        bonchic 7 years ago

        A note to all parents. Emmy winning documentary filmmakers working on a Major Cable Television Network project on children with learning differences.

        Our goals are to debunk myths as well as to clarify what lds are; to empower those children who participate both with the knowledge they are helping others, but also to give them a voice. They are not alone.

        We are looking for a child with dyscalculia, age 7-12 who is self-aware enough to understand that he or she has dyscalculia and expressive enough to be able to describe how it impacts them, daily. (ie that they can't do schedules, tell time, count change, tell the difference between coins, do sequential things (brush teeth, take bath, get into pjs etc) without help.

        We would be delighted to provide you with more information if you feel your child might be what we're looking for-please contact us at LDFILM@aol.com

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        Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

        Hi Dean,

        You certainly know how to advocate for your child. What an inspiring lens! 5 stars and favored!

        The Purple Gallinules just flew over to check out your lens. For such a great lens we’re sending you a virtual Fairy Tale Wolf to celebrate Hannah's new reading abilities. We can hardly wait to read the rest of your lenses.

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        DeanGeyer1 9 years ago

        Who would you like us to interview next?