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  •  Ha! You have articulated my dearest wishes. (3+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, Brecht, Limelite

    On the comprehension front, I am trying methods similar to what you describe. It will be a life-long project, but I'm certainly not going to give up at this point.

    Some of what I have had to do is work to match his interest with any exercise involving comprehension. He once picked up my sister's Kindle and dove right into Steven Tyler's Does the Noise in My Head Bother You. Well, he loves music more than anything but at his age (11 at the time) dirty words were a whole new, exciting and unexplored, world. It took every ounce of my strength to suppress my laughter as I tried desperately to distract him over to a more appropriate book! As a mother and grandmother, you probably can guess how well that worked.

    He was born with a condition referred to as agenesis of the corpus callosum which, combined with his cerebral palsy, sees him on his back foot each morning--although I know that he is up to the challenges ahead. He proves that every day.

    What I am going to do is get him to read your comment and we can figure out which of your suggestions he wants to explore.

    Thanks for the help!

    •  Best Wishes to Both of You (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, P Carey

      Kids -- first we're so proud of them when they learn to walk.  Then one day we turn around and feel that same glow of pride as they make strides.

      The greatest thing about books is that there's a surprise in each one; when it's a special book it has the power to surprise us again, maybe years later, and we comprehend or understand more than the first time we read it.

      I hope your son finds the joy of surprise on first readings and when he 're-reads his favorites.

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      by Limelite on Sat Dec 07, 2013 at 01:02:22 PM PST

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