Like Mother, like child

January 16, 2008 at 5:13 pm 3 comments

     I love to read. My Mom used to buy me Nancy Drew books at the bookstore, and I’d finish one before we got home. I devour books. Imagine my delight when we discovered, at age 3, that C could read. He barely spoke 10 words, but we realized he could read all of them and more. It’s called “hyperlexia,” and is considered a savant skill relating to autism. Generally it levels out as kids catch up, but in terms of comprehension children with hyperlexia tend to fall behind their peers.

     Tonight I had a joyful moment – we had done lights out and it was very quiet in C’s room. In the past, this has translated to him filling up his bathroom sink with water, putting way too much toilet paper in the toilet, or opening his blinds to look out the window. Tonight, however, I caught him doing something I used to do as a kid – reading with a flashlight. He was sitting cross-legged, flashlight in hand, reading a book. It made my day.

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For better or for worse. Through his eyes.

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. hfamom  |  January 16, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Yeah! J is hyperlexic too… I love reading with him! C sounds like a wonderful kid– you are blessed!

  • 2. Jesch  |  January 16, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Woohoo! This reminds me:
    “Exit. E-x-i-t. Exit.”

  • 3. mykidsdad  |  March 28, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Darcy. I told you I was going to read your old postings! Last week, my wife was out and I had to put the kids to bed, and Shayna, our youngest wanted to be in Avi’s Room (in case you dont remember, Avi is my PDD boy). Anyway, she had had in her hands this “I Can Read” book, you know the ones with big letters and very easy to read. It was The Incredibles. Anyway, I came into the room a few minutes later and Avi was reading the book to her! I cried just like you did when you saw your boy read with the flashlight.


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