The Art of the Stall

Dyslexia manifests in many ways. Some signs of dyslexia are obvious: difficulty reading, writing, and spelling. Other signs are more subtle: disliking school, difficulty following spoken instructions, and frequently interrupting others. Often, parents and teachers mistake these signs of dyslexia as intentional stubbornness, defiance, or laziness. During the Kansas Dyslexia Task Force Pop-Up Conference held in Wichita, Kansas in June 2019, Dr. David P. Hurford, Chair, Department of Psychology and Counseling and Director, Center for Research, Evaluation and Awareness of Dyslexia at Pittsburg State University, said that one of the most easily overlooked traits of a student with dyslexia is t

Dyslexia: A Grandparent's Perspective

“Boys will be boys” is how I explained it to myself and to others. My precious, brown-eyed, rambunctious, always-moving, LOUD grandson who roared into every room (and into my heart) from the moment he was born. I explained away his tendency to knock over furniture and interrupt every conversation with an eye roll and a smile. After all, as the mother of a girl, what did I know about boys? Aren’t they just different? As my grandson grew older I watched my daughter struggle with discipline. It seemed that no matter how many times she gave instructions they were not followed. He constantly asked “why?” to every answer and never seemed to be interested in doing “normal” kid things. I reme

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