My son is starting his junior year of high school and has dyslexia (mom-diagnosed, I haven't had him tested). I first suspected dyslexia when he was around 10 years old because a friend of mine showed me the dyslexia testing report from her daughter and I was shocked to see many of the results/traits were very comparable to those of my son. I have done a lot of research on dyslexia and most recently watched Susan Barton's free videos on dyslexia and my son has many of the traits that she discusses.
I am now looking back over the history of my son's homeschooling and trying to decide what, if any, "last minute" remediation or specialized instruction he needs.
Teaching him to read took awhile -- we used OPGTR and little did I realize that it would not be a good fit for him, but between that and the I See Sam books he learned to read and is above grade level now (over 80th percentile on standardized testing). We also used the Rewards program once his reading was more advanced. Although he was slow to learn to read, once he learned he has always tested above grade level.
Spelling scores were always very low when he was in early/mid elementary, but after starting All About Spelling his scores improved to slightly above grade level. We completed the entire program.
Writing continues to be an issue from several angles. I think that he is generally a "good" writer from a content standpoint but punctuation and capitalization can be somewhat nonexistent. Also, it is challenging for him to organize his thoughts on paper. I think that he also has dysgraphia because he has always struggled with handwriting, so he mostly types everything at this point. Regarding writing curriculums, we used Writing with Skill off and on but it was always a struggle. Later, he worked with a private tutor (not an O-G tutor, but a certified English teacher) who used IEW techniques. On standardized testing he is above grade level in 'writing and language". It is the essay writing that is trickier for him.
Anyway, I am wondering where to go from here with the last two years of high school left. Although he is technically above grade level, I can see that he especially needs support and additional instruction in his writing. I also wonder (and am feeling guilty) about whether he would be in a better position if I had used the full O-G program. At the time his decent reading made me think that he didn't need to remediate that with the All About Reading program or the Barton program.
Sorry that this is such a long post. I would appreciate any thoughts that you have regarding these last two years of high school.
Edited by Legomom, 11 August 2017 - 10:28 AM.