Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  Denise Richardson, iPeggy Schmuldt, iG M (Jerry) Roberts, iRichard Mason, iJackie Miller, iLois Santalo, iShervin Hojat, Ph.D., i

  Home > Parenting > Stories
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Sponsor Me!
· Success story
· Books
· Articles
· Poetry
· News
· Stories
· Blog
· 7,838 Titles
· 41,508 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
Member Since: Before 2003

Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

Featured Book
King Obama: America's Greatest Danger
by Will Clark

Now available in paperback and Kindle. also available in Nook...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Featured Book
Night of the Foal: The New Riders of the Purple Sage
by Sage Sweetwater

Adapted to screen by Sage Sweetwater for Jett Durango Feature Film and Television Spin-Off Series Jett Durango...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Share    Print  Save   Become a Fan

Hidden Handicaps: Special Needs Parenting 101.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, March 01, 2008

Rated "G" by the Author.

Share this with your friends on FaceBook

A father writes about his son's struggles in school and the teasing he must endure because of this.

My son, Oscar Wilde, is twelve years old, just entering that most vulnerable period in a kid's life. Being twelve years old is difficult enough without attaching the stigma of having disabilities that are beyond his control.

At the age of twelve, Oscar cannot read anything higher than first- or second- grade books. His spelling is atrocious, and no matter how hard we try to help him, his school work doesn't seem to improve. His grades are terrible; for him a C is good.

My son has dyslexia, which makes it hard for him to read; this also affects his ability to write well. In addition, he has trouble with math.

His disabilities are hidden: people can't see them; however, they're there, and they're most evident in his poor grades at school, in his inability to learn.

As a result of his problems, Oscar is often ostracized by the other kids in his class. Right now he's in regular classes; however, he's way behind the other kids. The kids call him "Stupid", "Retard", and other less-than-desirable names, names that hurt deep within his soul.

Oscar doesn't have any friends; he's often the one who's picked last for a game of baseball during recess, or the one who's tripped while carrying his lunch to the table in the cafeteria, only to have all the kids laugh at him.

Every day, our son comes home from school in tears.

It's frustrating because we've often told him to try his best. Well, he does try his best, and nothing seems to be getting any better for him.

It's getting to the point to where we are going to pull him out of regular classes, have him tested, to see if he qualifies for special needs education. This may be the very thing he needs because right now Oscar is on the brink of failing every subject.

We've tried to be patient, help our son through his struggles; he'd rather have us leave him alone, try to do his work himself (but often ends up calling for us anyway, as he's stuck).

Oscar is a very sad young boy. To see him hurting makes us,  his parents, sad, because he can't help the way he is.

He takes after one of my cousins, who also had dyslexia as a child (back then, they dismissed it as "being lazy, not applying himself"). Now my cousin is grown; however he can't work because he can't read, and nobody will hire him. He gets disability for his severe learning problems.

When he's not in school, that's when Oscar is happiest. Then he's outside, playing with the dog ("Freckles", our Dalmation), playing a round of basketball, or learning new tricks on his skateboard or inline skates. He's a typical little boy when not in a school environment; in school, he's a totally different child: lost, forlorn, totally without hope.

What's weird about this whole situation is he looks like a typical kid; however he does have a legitimate disability, and so he's going to get the help he needs if I see to it. Nobody is going to deny my son the right to a proper education; if anyone tries to stand in his way (or in mine), I'm contacting the ADA without fail.

I will let you know down the road if Oscar gets placed in special needs classes or if he gets the help, or if his grades improve. They can't get much worse than where they're at now! Take care, I'll see you down the road!

~Written by Wil Preston, Oscar's dad.


Want to review or comment on this short story?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Reviewed by Cryssa C 3/4/2008
I know these feelings well... You could have written this story about one of my sons. The saddest thing is that many teachers and school professionals don't believe in dyslexia and the devastation it can wreak in a person's life. It affects all areas...
When our son was tested for eye problems, we discovered that not only was it affecting his school work, but also his ability to see a ball coming towards him and things like that...

Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/2/2008
Will, for your consolation, Olav, the late King of Norway had it and our own Jay Leno have it, dyslexia among other's notables and no so notables.
But it is not the cure that man should be aiming, but at that lack of understanding. Teasing the sufferer is a kind of fear reaction.
Teach your son to be strong!!!

Reviewed by Carole Mathys 3/1/2008
It is indeed sad and I hope they find the answers to help him...
love, Carole~
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/1/2008
This is very sad, indeed - kids can be so cruel - judge not, lest ye be judged - I, too, hope Oscar can find the help he needs. Sylvan?? Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

LOVE Oscar's name - gave me a chuckle. :)
Reviewed by Art Sun 3/1/2008
This is sad...I hope his parents find the source to help them and their son...
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/1/2008
Oscar is a very sad young boy. To see him hurting makes us, his parents, sad, because he can't help the way he is.

This story will sadden all who read it. And I hope Oscar can get some happiness in his life soon.

Books by
Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado

with a little help

Fighting CPS: Guilty Until Proven Innocent of Child Protective Service by Deborah Frontiera

An adult, non-fiction book, Fighting CPS describes the ordeal of the Frontiera and Bonilla families when young James Bonilla was wrongfully removed from his parents by Child Pr..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Father knows best Phil In His Words. by Tuchy (Carl) Palmieri

“Phil In His Words” Is an interactive workbook to record the timeless words of one’s Father. Who can dispute the words of wisdom giving by a loving father? Phil Palmieri was Bor..  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.