Thursday, March 14, 2019

ADHD and Reading- The "Aha!" Moment






Looking at this picture, you'd think, "What a good brother! He's reading to his brother and sister." When I look at this picture, I see more than just that. I see a miracle. I see a blessing. I see answered prayers and opened doors.


Why does this picture mean so much to me? You might think that I'm overreacting, but there is a different side to this story.

My son has ADHD. Last year, he was in second grade and could barely read. I never even knew he was so far behind, I just thought he hated to read. It wasn't until my daughter was in Kindergarten that I learned she was expected to be able to read what my son was doing in the beginning of second grade at the end of her school year and heading to first grade.

I thought that what my son was doing was normal, after all, I didn't know how to read until I had my "aha!" moment, either. I thought that one day it would just click.

After learning how far behind he was, we got him started on his diagnosis journey. We had gone through many rough patches before we found a good solution that worked well for him. The change was almost immediate. With help from a sight words wall, he was finally picking up on his sight words and then easily learning the rest.

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By the end of the school year, my son had learned three years worth of reading and writing because he suddenly understood. 

He wasn't having tantrums anymore because he wasn't embarrassed to be called on at school. 

He doesn't need me to read captions and titles for him anymore. Because he can do it on his own.

He helps his sister with her homework so I can cook dinner and he enjoys reading to his siblings.

We haven't ventured very far into chapter books without pictures, yet, although we've been trying to read the Box Car Children. It's ok, though, because I know he can do it.





He really likes to read the Dog Man and Captain Underpants comics. They're easy for him and they have pictures. He read this Dog Man book from cover to cover in one day. That was A LOT of practice and it's ok! Because he's doing it!

One day, he wasn't even trying and then the next day it just clicked. He KNEW what he needed to do. It was so awesome!

So yes, when I see him reading to my other kids, it feels so sweet and amazing because he couldn't do it before and now he can. We don't struggle to get him to try it because he just does it. If you knew what it was like before, you'd see that miracle and this blessing.

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Here is a list of his favorite books if you're interested:






Did your child have and "AHA!" moment?
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35 comments:

  1. So awesome. Reading is the best. My son has ADHD so reading can be tricky for him as well. He loved the Captain Underpants series.

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad that he likes to read those, too!

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  2. This is great, very insightful. I am sharing your post across my social network, thanks a lot.

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  3. This is such a great post I am glad you found an aha moment to help lead towards a love of reading.

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    1. He's so creative and likes to draw. Now, he's been making his own little comics.

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  4. So glad you found that "aha" moment! I know the struggle. My older son has ADHD and reading had actually been a struggle for him up through 4th grade. He actually hated it. But I was so happy and tickled that earlier this year (6th grade) he has been picking up books at the library to read. He just finished the Maze Runner series!

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    1. That's wonderful! I'm so glad that your son has picked it up. As parents, it can feel awful to see your children struggle.

      My son has been calling his cousin on Messenger and his cousin loves the Box Car Children, so I hoped that maybe he'd try more of the chapter books with no pictures, but he isn't there yet. Hopefully, with time he will.

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  5. I don't have kiddos with adhd but my girlfriend does and I am totally sharing this with her!

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  6. As a former teacher and a mom, I can sympathize with your struggles. I'm so glad that he found that aha moment - it's special to see!

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  7. I am so happy for your son and your family in whole! I bet it was very hard and nervous to go through. I was a slow learner when it went for reading (I still read slow which doesn't bother me at all).

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    1. Thank you! The hardest thing was that he would read too slow that he forgot what he had already read.

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  8. This is such a great post. I know of a friend who's son is having a problem reading because of ADHD. I'll be sure to pass this post along.

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    1. Thanks! There will be an "Aha" moment someday and that friend's son will just take off!

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  9. In contrast, ADHD affects learning on a whole. ... It will affect the children when they are reading because it affects every cognitive function.” ADHD has a huge impact on the focus of activity of those with the condition. The process u r applying is great.

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    1. The ADHD brain moves too quickly to pay attention so if they are reading slowly, they can't comprehend. Repetition is great for this.

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  10. Reading has helped me so much as a kid. At home, at school, etc. Helps train your focus, grammar, spelling, etc... and it is quite fun reading to others too!

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    1. Reading really helps with creativity and so many other things, too!

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  11. I loved reading about this beautiful story. I struggle with health problems and I've come a long way since I was diagnosed, it's truly a blessing!Didn't think i could make it this far.

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    1. I'm so sorry about your health problems. I don't know your story, but I hope it's something you'll be able to overcome!

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  12. Oh I love this, what a great post and so useful to so many people going through the same. I relate to so much of this.

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    1. Thank you! It hard when it's something that you go through, but it's even harder to see someone you love go through it .

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  13. One of my friend looking for this, her kid is not able to read. I am sharing this blog with her.

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  14. My baby is just an year old but your post is really inspiring. I shall bookmark it for future reference.

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    1. I hope your baby will never have the same problems that my son has, but it he/she ever does, that "aha" moment will be even sweeter!

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  15. Reading is so important! I am glad you have found a way to teach it that works for your son.

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    1. I agree! I know there are people who have made it through all of school without knowing how to read and it baffles me because even math problems have some sort of reading to them.

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  16. My nephew has ADHD and it is too tough to read him story books or any other book. Waiting for that Aha moment

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    1. Awww! I hope it comes soon! It can be really frustrating for all involved and so awesome when the moment does come.

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  17. Did you know Dav Pilkey, the author of Dog Man and Captain Underpants, created CU while he was a kid in school because he had ADHD and hated reading? I'm so glad that your son has had success! That is such an important feeling for kids to help them love reading - if they feel successful, they're going to enjoy it more!

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    1. I didn't know that! I'll have to tell my son, this. He was so upset when he first got diagnosed because he thought there was something wrong with him. I had to tell him that there wasn't and that many people who have ADHD have very creative and successful careers. Thanks for sharing this information with us!

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  18. We love reading books. Sometimes the key is to find that perfect book to get our kids attention

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