Azam is a dyslexic student. Google it, there are lots of information. The link I have given is good, for it lists down the symptoms of a dyslecix child. Many , often, not realising the problem always blames a child of being slow or stupid and not give them the due attention and help. Trust me, a dyslexic person is way smarter than us in many ways :) Einstein is one of them yo !
Azam scored 4As and 4Bs for his PMR. One big giant leap and a boost of confidence for him. He did not get here easily and I am so proud of him. Watching him in the room with the teachers and the surprise followed by awed look on his face that said, wow I did it ! was priceless.
This was the boy that took two years to finally hold his pencil the correct way. This was the boy who couldnt read and write properly till year 3 in school. This was the boy who had only copied only one line from the blackboard and the teacher was already erasing the rest away. This was a boy who when overwhelmed with confusion , cant even compute a simple 1 + 1 !! Till today he wont be able to tell you just like that what comes after K or before R without reciting the whole alphabet and telling time is still confusing. But try he will.
And he persevered. On his own, quietly and slowly he trudged on. My heart goes out to see him struggle at times but I never interfere and only help when he asked for it. Like my two girls I never push them for As, giving it their best was all we ever asked and so far they are doing fine. And they know I am there if they needed me.
He once asked me if he was stupid. My heart broke. And I explained to him that the only difference between him and others was that he needed a different way to approach the subjects and he studied differently. Takes longer for him to understand some things but I also pointed out in some things he simply excelled at them.
Our short stint in Japan helped him tremendously, the school had really good support for students like him and he could progress in a normal class but doing things more to his level. And his school here provided me with teachers who understood his problems and helped him along the way.
Dyslexic students need more attention, and a lot of patience to deal with them. With support, guidance and again, patience, they will overcome it. Its different from child to child but there is hope.
Azam still has many of the symptoms in the list but he is also slowly improving in many and grew out of some.
And I know , he now knows without a doubt that he will make it. This was the break that he needed to affirm his confidence and he made the big giant leap.
From zero to hero, this is for you Azam.
Sigh, I am just one happy mom :)