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03-16-2002 01:02 AM
Lady Knight Thank you, that gives me some places to start looking
03-15-2002 03:55 PM
HowToTalk Dear Maree: I must apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I will try to help, however, based on what we could do for your sons in the United States. I hope this will also be helpful in your country. I am glad to hear that you are able to understand your sons' speech since they were about 4. I agree that it would be very difficult to spell and write if you are not familiar with letter sounds. I would suggest that you have your boys tested by a school psychologist or learning teacher/consultant to see how they learn best and begin to teach them to read and write using a different approach. In my opinion, being able to spell is a wonderful thing, however, with modern technology (computer and word processors) you may be able to assist them and help them put their wonderful ideas on paper in a way that others can understand them. I might also suggest a wonderful computer program that we use in my primary school, which helps children with phonemic awareness. THe home version is relatively inexpensive. Go to for information about earobics. I hope this is helpful, and please let me know if you have additional questions.
03-07-2002 02:09 PM
Lady Knight HI hope you can help with some suggestions.

TK and Rick have been attending speech/language recovery classes for a year now, but I have not noticed any marked improvement.

They started talking at about 7 mnths, typical ma ma, ba ba, da da stuff, however by about 8 mnths they started 'twin talking'. Now I have no problem with them having their own language, but they wouldn't speak english.

After working with speech therapists from the age of approx 2 they were speaking so we could understand them at about 3.25 and so other ppl could understand them from about 4 on.

All fixed by the time they started school. But they cannot spell, they do not seem to have any idea of what a letter should sound like, and we do practice with them and have done so since they started school.

It is very hard for them to read, and writing is next to impossible, if you cannot spell you cannot reread the work back, We are not talking 'creative but logical' spelling here but total I guessed every single letter and threw in a few more for good luck in just about every word.

Sorry to rave on so much. Want I really want to know is can the parts of speech - we were told they both lack phenemic awareness - they missed ever be 'caught up', or should we start looking for ways to teach them to cope with the problem.

We are getting very frustrated and as the boys get older so are they.


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