Dealing With Dyslexia: ‘It’s Almost Like It’s a Naughty Word’ (Video)

May 30, 2019 by

When Scott Gann learned his son Dustin had dyslexia, he was shocked at the school’s reaction. No one there wanted to use the word.

“We knew Dustin was smart, but we knew something wasn’t right.” That’s how Arkansas dad Scott Gann describes his son’s early years in elementary school. Dustin was struggling, and Gann said teachers kept telling him that his son just “needed to grow up, boys will outgrow this.”

Dustin, now 15 and in high school, remembers that he would just “sit there and stare at a piece of paper for like five minutes, trying to understand.” He worried he wasn’t trying hard enough, and he tried not to draw attention to himself. “I just kind of laid low for most of my school days,” he said.

Finally, in 3rd grade during state-mandated assessment testing in the spring, Dustin told his teacher, “You know, I can’t read.”  Gann says they all knew Dustin had been struggling, he’d even received some extra help at school. But he calls that moment an awakening—for both the teacher and Dustin’s parents.

That summer his parents paid to have Dustin tested, and he was diagnosed with dyslexia, a learning disability that makes it difficult to read and spell. Gann said he was surprised at the school’s reaction. “The school was real standoffish about using the word dyslexia. It was almost like it was a naughty word.”

continue: Dealing With Dyslexia: ‘It’s Almost Like It’s a Naughty Word’ (Video) – On Special Education – Education Week

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