I have just returned from the psychologist with my youngest’s diagnosis. Now she was diagnosed 6 years ago with Autism but they are now pretty sure she also has dyslexia and attention deficit disorder.
Good news? Well we know now and there are things that can be done about it. She’s even smarter than we thought, 99th Percentile for Visual Spatial (!/5 of the IQ type test).
Bad news? She is so impaired the amount of energy and concentration it takes for her to read a single letter is mind boggling. No wonder she is always so exhausted.1st percentile for Phonological memory.
The other tests were all over the place. I can’t even imagine what kind of effort it takes for someone who can’t properly recognize letters to maintain a B/C average which she does. But who cares about grades she is using all her energy and time on basic reading so has none left for creativity or higher analysis. She is demoralized every time she thinks of something brilliant and she looks on the page she wrote and sees a simplified mess.
And there are no quick fixes, this is so unfair. It is going to take her an incredible effort and a long time to learn new skills to try and compensate putting her even further behind at school.
I so wish my girls were dumb and uncreative. If they didn’t know what they were missing, if there were no glimpses of the greatness they could achieve. I wish I didn’t feel so overwhelmed & helpless. This news makes my head hurt and my mind fuzzy. I have problems processing things using auditory methods, I do best with visual stuff, how on Earth can I help her. Stress makes me sleep, oh I’m going to be so much use. I know what you’re thinking, I just need to put more effort in. But Autism doesn’t work that way. Effort, concentration leads to stress, brain fuzziness and sleep, not I am going to go to bed and have a nap sleep, why am I on the floor, what was I doing kind of sleep.
Sleepy now, Tash & sisters are with Grandma, if I can get hubby to get a pillow I will wake up with a less sore neck. Bye Bye