Monday, April 25, 2011


He really loves to spell.
Mostly things that he has seen on movies. Our refrigerator is covered with letter and number magnets. He also likes numbers. He's been able to read and identify his numbers and count things since he was about 2 1/2.

There is a term for the ability to read above the expected age level and to have an intense focus on letters and numbers- all the while having a hard time with comprehension and the ability to communicate. It's called hyperlexia.

Currently, Jayden's teachers are using these hyperlexic qualities to help him. They ask me to write a script for him to say when he is doing Sharing Time at school, and he reads off the script while showing off his toy or item. It's working well, but now he talks like he's reading from a script sometimes.

His favorite books are anything by Dr. Seuss. When his class celebrated Dr. Seuss week a short while back, he had a grand ole time! The only problem was that he hoarded all the Dr. Seuss books to himself and would get upset if anyone wanted to read with him.

Today is his 4 year well-child checkup. I will be talking to his doctor about his development and the possibility of getting some more assessments done. I hope we can get through the appointment okay. He has a tendency not to appreciate doctors very much. I will post an update later!


Shellie Paparazzo said...

Praying for you, Kris. It must be hard, sometimes. I know you love him dearly, but sometimes it probably feels like too much.

Cynthia said...

Yeah! You're blogging again!

I hope the appointment went well today. It's so hard to watch our kids struggle. My preemie boy has disgraphia and his handwriting is nearly illegible- in the 5th Grade! The teachers all said "he'll grow out of it!" which I stupidly believed.

I am so proud of you for being proactive and getting him all the assistance he needs to thrive. Way to go Mom!