Reading & Comprehension

Those were always my lowest scores on those standardized tests in grade school. I remember that by the time I was in high school I was very aware of this deficit (being the over high achiever that I am) and would concentrate so hard on the passage trying to figure out exactly what questions they would ask on the next page and I'd scanned the paragraphs in an attempt to memorize the whole thing. I still got low scores because the older I got, the harder and more complex the questions. I've been overanalyzing myself these days in light of The Elder's diagnosis and then the recent suggestion by The Super Doc in our last three sessions that I am classic ADHD. I'm not exactly sure what about me is so classic, but as much as I hate to admit it, the more I talked (just being myself - finally to that point with her), the more she pointed out my traits. Dang it. Just what I needed, another lightbulb moment to explain the madness I call daily life. Now I have to follow the a-ha! trail back to my childhood (that's the OCD in me, which I've always owned up to! Ha!). Reminds me of this post by Kristina. I always wondered why both my siblings have a passion for reading and I rarely ever finish a book (though I did finish Look Me in the Eye). I like to read. I love to learn. But I have to concentrate so hard to focus that sometimes I have to read out loud to myself. And I might get really excited about something that I learned in the first chapter that I'll go make life applications based on that and never finish the book! I know I'm not alone so I'm not ashamed. I just always wondered how my brother could read The Hobbit in 2 days when he was in the 6th grade and I can barely get past reading the title as an adult. The Super Doc doesn't push medication but strongly suggested it with each time I put my foot in my mouth and showed my adhd colors. Well, see my last Success Sunday quote. The good news is that I'm already on the gluten-free-casein-free reduced diet. If I see no significant change then I'll stop the meds. I'm specifically looking for consistent executive functioning skills. I tend to be one extreme or the other. The scenario that really gets me is when I spend all day on my agenda, that by the time I'm done, it's bedtime and the day is over. I think that is why I do well flying by the seat of my pants. The no-reading thing I can live with.

So this post wasn't really about MY reading and comprehension skills, but The Elder's. As you recall I have witnessed him read an entire book by himself. Well, The AP takes them to the library every Friday while I'm at a church group meeting and they check out books and videos (that has actually been great for shaking up his routine. "Sorry we returned that book to the library already, pick a different book."). Well, today after doing some great pretending (The Elder was the bus driver, I was his little girlfriend on the bus, and The Younger was The Elder on the bus - it was hilarious. We also pretended to be in the classroom, but once I told him that the bus driver doesn't go to class, maybe he should be The Teacher, he decided he wanted to be himself so that he could pick a (PECS) card and play games. Then he told me what to say..."Now you say, 'You may now go to your centers.' Say it, just like that."), we decided to read some library books because we hadn't cracked into them over the weekend and he pulls out a sequel.

"Are you going to read it to me?"
"No, you read it."
"Let's take turns."
"OK, you first."
"It was Easter morning...your turn."
"The Easter Bunny hid ten hot-paynk (TN twang for pink) marshmallow...I like marshmallows...chickens, um, chicks. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall over the house."

We continued like this until I smelled The Younger. So I leave The Elder on the couch with the book to go change a diaper (Yay! It was solid). As I was cleaning him up and spraying off the diaper (we tend to always forget to use a liner when he poops), I could hear The Elder continue to read aloud. It was so cute! He was using proper story-telling inflections in his voice. He read the rest of the book by himself! You can tell when looking over his shoulder that he doesn't sound words out as much as he tries to recognize the word first. Like saying chicken first, then correcting himself to say chick. In the past, he has said "away" instead of "always"; "engine" instead of "english"; "violin" instead of "vitamin"; etc etc.

Well, I thought I would test his comprehension level and skimmed the book and started asking questions about the the story and he got all of the questions right!

"What color were Ruby's chicks?"
"Paynk"
"What color were Max's chicks?"
"Lellow...and they go pop pop pop pop through the mail pop."
"Mail pop?"
"I mean mail slot."
"How many chicks did he get?"
"Just ten."

I verified with The AP that she hadn't read the book to him before, so it was his first time reading that book. Gushing with pride. Watch out standardized tests! We got a genius on our hands!

10 Responses to "Reading & Comprehension"

Jen (visit their site)

First appointment with Ky's psychologist - "and do YOU have ADHD?" *sigh* - any suggestion of anything sends me researching... it's what I do. And yes - I'm classic *girl* ADHD. They hyperfocus, overacheiver. Yup, that's me. I didn't need to know ;o)

Yay on the reading! I *so* wish I could get Kyle interested. He's a math guy.

tulipmom (visit their site)

Yay for the Elder and his super comprehension skills!! Whenever I try to sneak in a comprehension question or two, SB wastes no time moaning "Just READ, Mom" (ie.. stop bothering me with the questions).

I've always chuckled when specialists have asked the "So, does anyone in your family have ADD/ADHD/OCD/etc.? Um, yeah, every single female on SB's mother's side has classic OCD (including yours truly!). Too bad no one realized this until I was 20years old, but I guess it's never too late to get help, right?

Kara Lovett (visit their site)

When I had Eric a year ago he was already starting to read. And remember, at Joshua's birthday party last year was the first time Eric had written a word that wasn't his own name- it was Joshua's! Which isn't an easy word to write.

I will pray for God to show you the signs that you need to make smart decisions about medication for yourself.

If we don't see you before Christmas- Merry Christmas! When are you leaving on your trip and when are you coming back?

Marla (visit their site)

I think it must just be my computer, I don't know? Whenever I open this blog the left side bar is running through most of the type and I can't read the post. I want to read it because it seems like a good one!

Jen P (visit their site)

Is anyone else having problems with the format? I've been tinkering with it and would like some feedback.

Marla, I'll switch back to the non-pop up comment window so that you can click on "See original post" to be able to read it. Did you see where Blogger ate my comments on your blog??

inthenet (visit their site)

Hey, Sis! Congrats to you as a Mom for all of Eric's accomplishments! He is a very bright kid indeed!

As for you... I always thought that you were the over-analyzer(hullo, Mom), but that has always been part of your nature... call it genes.

I'm going to say something that I might regret later, but here goes:
"You, my dear are absolutely, and completely normal."

All of us have our quirks and our abilities and inabilities. Now we just have labels for them all.

For instance, Am I ADHD because I cannot concentrate on any single project that I have at work and my deadlines are fast approaching? Well what about being able to read entire trilogies in one sitting? (BTW, I can re-read The Hobbit in less than a day now *bragging*)

Am I OCD because I cant stand the for the dishwasher not to be loaded in a particular way? Well, what about my Home-office? It's a pig-sty!
I hope I'm getting my point across... this may become a blog post in the near future. I Love you!!!

Jen P (visit their site)

David, honestly I'm not knowledgeable enough about ADHD to answer your questions or to dispute why I am or am not ADHD - I haven't formulated an opinion about myself, The Super Doc just got me thinking, that's all. But what I do know about most chemical imbalances or processing disorders is that they are extreme, you either are hypo or hyper or the most confusing one which is both and at different times for different scenarios.

Jen P (visit their site)

PS. Re-read a book?? Why would anyone want to do that? Ha! Ha!

Even my favorite books (the ones I've finished - all 2 of them) I couldn't imagine re-reading them - I'd get bored. That is so OCD! Ha!

Marla (visit their site)

Thanks! I will do this in the future. I had another person tell me Blogger at their comment today too! Argh! So frustrating. Enjoyed the post! I am an obsessive reader. Maizie loves to read when she is in the mood.

I will be interested to see how your gluten free diet goes.

Anonymous (visit their site)

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