Tutors for Asperger’s Interpretations, Mears Irlen and Dyslexia

Asperger’s, Mears-Irlen and Dyslexia are a heady combination for students on the Spectrum, and it is a combination frequently found together too. So we’re trying out a tutor to specifically teach “what they mean when they ask this” skills.


My almost off the charts with measured I.Q. kid is often frustrated beyond tolerance because of the holy trinity of

  1. Asperger’s making interpretation of what the examiner wanted to hear very difficult, frequently the questions are ambiguously worded in favour of NeuroTypical students or there is insufficient data to accurately formulate a response.  Often, students with Asperger’s minds go off on a tangent and spiral of “What If’s” and “What does that mean precisely”‘s where a NT would grasp the ambiguity without problem.
  2. Dyslexia gets in the way of moving data from her intellect to the paper in front of her without dropping points for using the wrong spelling or even having the courage to try writing, knowing it will be marked down and criticized.
  3. Mears Irlen is a cousin of Dyslexia in a round about way, but affects words wobbling on the page and sometimes floating or flipping back to front.

It’s been 30 years since I was in Secondary School, or High School for our friends overseas.  During that time the syllabus changed, and the exam criteria changed and all this bountiful head full of knowledge accrued through study and application is of almost no use whatsoever to my teenager. 

So at the teenagers request and suggestion, we scouted for a good tutor, we have visited him, the teen has taken a class with him and learned more in an hour about interpretation of exam questions – if it’s phrased this way, the examiner wants to know what you know about blah blah – than I have been able to do in a couple of years.

In steps the new tutor, a fully qualified teacher, and I’m excited to see if it is helpful in the long run.  The teen has 1.25 years before the big, scary exams are due so a little diligence now will hopefully help kiddo translate all of that good stuff into written stuff on the page.  I’d rather invest in education than something which would not last as long.

Author: Pollyanna Whyte

Single LDS Mormon Mum/Mom living in England. This is my blog on emotional health, fun, parenting, life, divorce, starting over, friends, family, church things, and budgeting. Stop by, tell us what you think, feel free to share (but credit the source please).

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