Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Addison reverses several letters. Reading is also challenging for her. It causes me much grief. But I should probably share a little back story that helps explain that. I was a VERY GOOD student in school (until I stopped attending). Education came VERY easy to me. Chris was not a good student. Not even a little bit. He will tell you that he probably should have been held back. He still struggles with reading.

Back at the beginning of the school year, I asked her teacher's opinion of Addison's reversals/less than grade level reading. She said that it is probably developmental and that she would get better as the year went on and naturally correct the reversals. I was not satisfied. So I requested comprehensive testing. I wanted to make sure she didn't have dyslexia. I wanted to make sure we were one step ahead of any diagnosis that may come her way. Coincidence after having a autism diagnosis blow your world apart? I think not.

I happened to be volunteering the day that the school psychologist ran his tests. He asked me to step outside with him and immediately commented on her mad skillz. He also said that he saw where my concerns about reversals came from. She transposed cube drawings on her test. I wondered where this would lead...would she fit into some kind of label?

Results day finally came. I was very anxious to know their findings. They reviewed every test she took and her scores on each one. And then they told me she qualified for services...just not the ones I had been concerned about. Addie's test scores qualified her to be a part of the gifted program. I sat laughing with the Lord about what a crazy mom I am! I laughed at the gift He gave me in confirming that each person has their own strengths and weaknesses. I laughed at the fact that I could go home and tell my daughter that I know for a fact that she is capable of following directions with 4 steps!

Worry never allows you to see hope. I'm so grateful to know that now.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matt 6:25-26


1 comment:

  1. I commented yesterday, but it didn't save, so then I got annoyed and shut off the computer. :)

    Summary: So proud of you for sticking to it; YAY Addy! What great news!