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NORTHERN CAPE  - Ontiretse Jacqui Mereyotlhe, a 33-year-old single mother,  remembers the frustration of doing homework with her 9-year-old son at the  beginning of the year.

“It was the worst. I would scream and shout and he would cry and cry. He  would tell me the words keeping moving. I was not happy because I was  impatient and became angry,” she said.

Mereyotlhe took her son to an educational psychologist to find out why he was  “too stubborn to read or spell correctly”.  The educational psychologist told her
that her son had dyslexia - a learning difficulty that affects a person’s ability to  read and spell.

“Children who have it are often smart and hardworking but they have trouble  connecting the letters they see to the sound those letters make,” said  Mereyotlhe, who started doing research about dyslexia and how best to help  her son. 

She decided to enrol him in a home schooling programme.

“I almost fainted when I was told the fees were double his mainstream school  fees, but the progress he has made is worth every cent,” she said.

According to Mereyotlhe, the sooner a child is diagnosed the better.

“Many children who have dyslexia go through school without it being  diagnosed and drop out in the long run.”

Her message to parents going through this challenge is to be patient with their  children and take them to an educational psychologist for an assessment. 

- ANA-Health-e News