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Mandy ~ I am a stay at home mom who has been on a medical roller coaster ride going from doctor to doctor trying to figure out what is wrong with me. All of the doctors agreed that there is something medically wrong with me, they just don't know what... Basically, just about every time that I go to the doctor, I wind up with a new diagnosis. It is very frustrating. I hope that some of these links will maybe help you or lead you in the right direction.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Autism Reading Program

We have a son with Autism; he was in school here in Texas for 5 years. He is high functioning and is verbal. Yet, the school's (he attended 9 schools here) here in Texas could not do anything with him. When he was 10 years old we sent him to live with family in New Mexico. At the time my husband had found out about a program in New Mexico for children with Autism and with us getting not being able to get him the services that he needed here, we felt that sending him to NM was the best thing. He was not reading at all, he could recognize words but could not "read" them. The school's and the local ISD "professional's" told me that he would never read at best he would sight read.

Well, after he started school in NM we found out about the Wilson Reading Method through a family member who is a Special Education teacher. He started the program at school and a home with a tutor. WOW, viola!!! He began to read, I mean really read and understand. He is now 15 and reading almost at a 4th grade level. Hopefully, some day he will be reading at the level that he should be at for his age. But, even a 4th grade level is a lot better than nothing at all.

Here are some links that I have found for the Wilson Reading Method. I just learned that it is used for dyslexia, poor spellers, ESL (English as Second Language) students among others.

I will add more links as I find them. Hope this is helpful =)

Here are some new links:

A great idea that I received from one of my eBay friends

When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following: 
A Recovering American Soldier 
c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW 
Washington, D.C.  20307-5001 
If you approve of the idea, please pass it on to your friends.

Before you send your Christmas cards, read this soldiers blog first.