I was about to write a little post explaining that The iQ Journals will be on hiatus for the next few weeks, but then some interesting things came my way. It’s true – I am going to be away from my computer long enough that I’ll be taking a break. (If you are a parent of a special needs child, you know all too well that this summer “vacation” is not all it’s cracked up to be; I’ll basically be counting down the days until school starts again – Sept 9 in New York City!)
First, two opportunities for good summer reading:
“Early Reader” – an essay that appeared in the New York Times today, written by Priscilla Gilman, author of The Anti-Romantic Child: A Memoir of Unexpected Joy. This essay kind of floored me, because it made me realize that Quentin might indeed be considered hyperlexic. I have written recently about how his obsession with words and reading seems to be taking over his life at the moment, but looking back, he has always been attracted to books. His first preschool teacher, who had no idea how to handle him, complained to me that “all he wants to do is sit in the book area and flip through books.” I sort of laughed that off, because, quite honestly, wouldn’t you be thrilled if your kid did that? Yes, he’s always loved books. It’s only until recently that he’s been actually decoding words, and in my estimation, he’s reading past grade-level. (This will be assessed when he begins school again.) Yes, he is six years old now – so this diagnosis might not be the right fit as it is not “early” reading. But given the fact that he is developmentally delayed in other areas and is able to decode words so well, I wonder if there is some other kind of term that clarifies the phenomenon I’m withnessing. Anyway, if you are interested in reading more about hyperlexia, I recommend this essay.
- Another thing I came across in the New York Times – a book review for the translated book of The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism, by Naoki Higashida. This book looks really amazing; I’m putting it on my Kindle for my own summer reading! While I have not read it yet, I think it will soon be considered required reading for any parent or teacher/ therapist working with non-verbal children with autism.
Finally, a bit of news: I am happy to announce that I will be conducting an online Q & A session about autism and ipads, hosted by Talk About Autism, a UK-based website. Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 12 at 3pm Easter Standard Time – and tune in! More information about this event here.
Have a great end-of-summer, everyone, and be sure to come back for more posts from The iQ Journals in September!