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Thursday, February 5, 2009
How often do we try to understand our kids?
How often do we acknowledge that they are right?
Kids try to convey things one way or the other but we don't listen. Parents are like that sometimes. When I was in school, there was a cousin of mine notorious to be the naughtiest child around. He used to come home with big zeros in tests and his parents used to fight over him. Cursing him and each other was the order of the day in their home. But what they seemed to ignore was the special talent he had in his hands and ears.

He was very good with music. All the music classes we joined together, he was a topper all the way. But his parents never bothered to groom his talent as for them academics make your life and not so called extra curricular activities. After a while, he was not even allowed to join any extra course other than studies. His all ambitions to make it big in the music industry were nipped in the bud and there he was, still not understanding the gibberish teachers used to teach him at school.

One day a medical drive in school revealed the details to his behavior. He was dyslexic. His parents were called and they were told he was a special child and needs a special school. They couldn't understand. "He was a naughty child with no interest in studies, that's it, there was nothing more to it", they thought. But the problem was deep. The school also didn't understand.

Dyslexia is a disorder that causes learning disabilities. The children often jumble up words, confuse with similar sounding words, wrong spellings every time. This disability is different from any neural problem. These children don't need special schools as they are not physically or mentally challenged. A little extra care and understanding of their problems can make them excel in studies.

As parents, many a times we ignore the activities of our children, not on purpose but by presuming things. Dyslexia demands care and not whipping. If you find your child repeating the same mistakes again and again and a definitive pattern in his study related problems, do consult a doctor. Get him or her analyzed and please don't jump the gun and write off your child by saying he or she is good for nothing. Studies is not the only area of expertise or something your child should excel in. Groom the special talent he or she has and give them the confidence that you understand. And you will see, how your support works wonders for your child.

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Yes dyslexia kid is not dumb just that they have learning disability. Albert Einstein also a dyslexia kids :)

February 6, 2009 at 2:11 PM  

Hi Jaanvi, very true re your this interesting post.
It too happened here many times.

Fortunately there are schools here to cater for such children.

And again, where naughty or mischevious kids are concerned...they might have certain week subjects...but a parent should not apart from his weaknesses, note his or her strong points.
And motivate on that.

My youngest son was very naughty, prefers fishing to homework, never getting good test results.
But I noticed he loves taking things apart...and loves using the tools I have, i.e screwdrivers etc.

I then bought for him Meccanno sets, and other mechanical toys, as well those model planes.

Today he is not only a Robotics Engineer but an Aerospace Engineer too and working for a well know American aircraft company as an Aerospace troubleshooter, solving plane's mechanical and electronic problems.

You have a great weekend and keep well, best regards, Lee.

February 6, 2009 at 5:50 PM  

Uncle Lee

I am glad that you looked into his talents and made him what he is today.. I wish we also turn out as understanding parents and look into my son's talents and groom him accordingly.

February 6, 2009 at 7:59 PM  

Yea, it was shocking to learn that Einstein was dyselxic himself. Will score up the lessons for future :)

February 8, 2009 at 11:00 AM  

I'm all teary when I read this.
cos' of 'such' parents, I've known Dyslexia kids being abandoned... *heart hurts*

February 8, 2009 at 2:52 PM  

I think especially true in our Aisan society when any 'disabilities' we hide or ignore or if we do that, it will all go away.

And academics is like the MOST importatnt thing for a child else they will have no future.

It is a mindset that requires serious changing.

February 11, 2009 at 6:26 AM  

yap, u r right, we as a parents should spend more time to our kids..

February 11, 2009 at 8:30 AM  

Hi Jaanvi, free come over my place. Have something interesting for you.
Best regards, Lee.

February 12, 2009 at 12:15 AM  

yes parents' support is so important to a child's development!

February 15, 2009 at 9:22 PM  

yes parents' support is so important to a child's development!

February 15, 2009 at 9:23 PM  

Indeed, many parents are so "dedicated" to their work these days, so much so that we have a tendency to neglect our little ones.

February 19, 2009 at 8:18 AM  

Nice sharing!~

February 26, 2009 at 3:22 PM  

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