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Thread: Can I just wait on spelling? (Dyslexia)

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    Default Can I just wait on spelling? (Dyslexia)

    Hey ladies, my 10yo Mattie is either a classic dyslexic or just a very late bloomer. She is making great strides this year and I'm seeing her brain make progress weekly. I was so pleased this week to see her fluency improvement over the summer while we didn't do a blessed academic thing! That said, her spelling is as phonetic as it gets. We're using All About Reading and All About Spelling. She is applying what she learns in spelling, for the most part, though it's far from being applied 100%. She doesn't have a lot of visual reading experience, for obvious reasons, and is not a visual learner at all.

    Her workload this year is heavy, but appropriate for her. We're doing Notgrass World History that has a good amount of daily work that is very good for her. She's LOVING the creative writing involved and I'm delighted! Add math, science (3x/week) and some grammar (2x/week) and it's just a lot.

    This is my question: Can I just wait on spelling? She just has a lot of stuff in her day and her attention span runs short. (We've stopped piano lessons for this reason.) She's just a mover and I can only get so much brain engagement time. So a big part of me wants to push through all of the AAR levels (1 1/2 levels left before curriculum completion) by March or so and get back to spelling then. When she's writing her work, she knows how to use a dictionary or use Siri on her ipod to help (times have changed!) because she wants to get it right. (I let her use Siri, because otherwise she'd spend more time using the dictionary than writing.)

    Does this sound reasonable?
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    It makes sense to me, especially since she needs to have reached a significant point in her reading before she can apply all those spelling rules!
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    Yes.
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    It's your choice, you know your child best. I opted not to do spelling with our eldest for many of the same reasons, but once we had an official diagnosis we could run with we put him in Sequential Spelling which is designed for children with dyslexia. While it's not what he has it's a programme that works for him. His ability to spell & spell well with it is far better then it was when I tried to get him spelling before we had a diagnosis. Having that diagnosis made the world of difference because it also means you get the information you need to help aide you along. While I'm not sure about in the US, I know a child here with dyslexia would also be urged to get the same visual spectral filters my son uses. It's not all they'd need, but it would greatly help them.
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    I think it sounds like a great plan. My dyslexics don't do spelling at that age. One is still working on reading. Its a lot and its a wonderful thing to have other tools to help with getting words onto paper.
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    Yes. Lay aside the formal spelling for now. She can pick it up later, or she'll simply become very adept as using Siri or whatever works for her to be able to spell correctly. The more she works with words in her own writing, the more those words will stick because they hold meaning for her.

    I didn't do formal spelling with my ds18 who has severe dyslexia until 7th grade. We started with sequential spelling, but what really clicked for him was using the Logic of English. Great program which incorporates all the spelling rules and the reasons behind them, plus it covers grammar and uses dictation methods.
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