Jill is featured in this week’s Meet a Mom Monday. Her son Rowan has a learning disability and Jill shared some information that I was unaware of about it. I am so grateful that she was able to share a new perspective with my readers.
- Tell me about your family. I have been married to Jeff for 14 years. Our son, Ian, is 22 and has just moved back home after four years in the Air force and is now going to college on the GI Bill. Our son Rowan is 11 and is in his first year of middle school, 6th grade.
- What is your child or children’s best quality? Rowan is creative, friendly, curious and kind. He has several little cousins and is such a good caregiver and playmate to them. One of the things that makes me most proud is how hard Rowan works on things that challenge him.
- What is your child’s biggest challenge? Rowan has dyslexia. A common misconception is that people with dyslexia see letters backwards. It is actually much more challenging than that. Rowan has trouble reading, which of course makes all his school work difficult. It often takes lots of lots of repetition to learn concepts. Because dyslexia is a language based learning disability, it also interferes with Rowan’s ability to retrieve and use some words while speaking. This causes him to sometimes substitute words that sound similar, but don’t make sense. For example, he might say Pacific when he knows he wants to say specific.
- What does the world not understand about your child? Rowan is an average kid with academic strengths and weaknesses. Children with dyslexia are often assumed to be unintelligent, which is not true. In many cases, there are children with very high IQs that struggle with dyslexia.
- Would you prefer curious people come up to you or your child and ask questions or mind their own business? Although his dyslexia won’t catch the attention of passersby, I am more than willing to share everything I’m learning about dyslexia with anyone who asks!
- What is your biggest hope for your child’s the future? I want him to continue to learn as much as possible, continue to advocate for his needs in and out of school and be happy!
- What do you wish you could tell yourself at the beginning of your special needs journey? It’s going to be okay!!
- Do you have any words of encouragement for other special needs moms? Don’t worry so much about what other people think.