Firstborn: It’s all phonetics!

It was June 2005. My son was still in the process of vision therapy. The children’s desks at school were starting to be emptied out and all their work sent home. I received a writing journal that had been kept in school. I had never seen it before. I started to read each and every entry. The phonetic errors in his journal were rampid. How could they claim my son did not need assistive technology? Did they even understand the purpose of Assistive Technology? Assistive Technology is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. My son was not only in physical pain when he wrote but he was frustrated and his self esteem continued to be damaged.
At school he would give spelling his best shot because it would be embarrassing to ask the teacher in third grade how to spell words such as school or white. At home during homework he’s ask me how to spell almost every other word he attempted to write. I decided I would write a letter. It read:

“Dear Case Manager,”

“The resource teacher sent home my son’s writing journal from his class. This was the first time I had seen his in school journal. As I went through it I saw that he makes repeated spelling errors throughout the entire year. Please notice also that the reversal errors become less as the vision therapy progresses. I have listed the following spelling errors below. Please also notice that my son tends to make a lot of phonetic spelling mistakes. This is something that with assistive technology the Co-Writer program will address. Please explain within five business days of how the Co-Writer computer program will not be beneficial to my son or increase his functional abilities.”

Freind for friend
Raddit for rabbit
stoff for stuff
lik for like
no for know
tp for tee pee
frinds for friends
shcool for school
hamcher for hamster
chesball for cheeseball
red I for red eye
wite for white
fonund for found
herurt for hurt
cherch for church
grate for great
no for know
snaping for snapping
staed for stayed
mibble for middle
fiends for friends
dinosaus for dinosaurs
dop for bop
casld for castle
Chistmas for Christmas
cauht for caught
petty for pretty
cien for kind
Amacan for American
compoter for computer
witer for whiter
coloer for color
caryer for carrier
finsh for finch
floy for flew
pack for peck
becuase for because
vion for vision
terp for therapy
bibn’t for didn’t
eler for earlier
ment for meant
fross for froze
frist for first
freser for freezer
Yestday for yesterday
shofled for shoveled
throu for through
beep for deep
ther for there
dirthday for birthday
no for know
icesing for icing
bithday for birthday
thing for think
thas for that
ontil for until
mels for melts
freind for friend
snaping for snapping
agen for again
sed for said
ezy for easy
harter for harder
weedend for weekend
hart for heart
cot for caught
glofs for gloves
seid for said
weekand for weekend
no for know
shoer for shower
caer for care
shour for shower
cot for caught
ofer for over
wonhered for wondered
finshing for finishing
no for know
Grama for Grandma
freind for friend
mass for mess
Grampa for Grandpa
firer for fire
comter for computer ‘
cacth for catch
cacth for catch
bam for dam
now for know
road for rode
sleept for slept
orber for order
tant for tent
plane for plain
clae for clay
cot for caught
tant for tent
Good for God
babysiter for babysitter
comeing for coming
cot for caught
Nother for Northern
supper for super
cot for caught
cot for caught
cot for caught
cot for caught
sise for size
cot for caught

It ended as most of my letters did.

“Please place a copy of this letter in my son’s educational file.”

Copyrighted 2011: danadogooder and DMT


About danadogooder

Happily married for 20 years except when he is pissing me off! ' Mommy of 3 boys, a yellow female lab named Curious, 2 kitties Trouble and Kornelia, and bird and fish! Yes, we have a Zoo! Love to cook, entertain, and travel. I give new meaning to, "You can't fight city hall" Cause I fought worse, "Yes, The Board of Ed! " I live in a houseful of ADHD, Dyslexia, Auditory Processing, Sensory Integration and Allergies!!! I love being a Mom, to have fun and am always joking around! My job titles are: Wife, Mommy, Advocate, Friend, Maid, Cook, Self Employed Business Owner among many others!
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2 Responses to Firstborn: It’s all phonetics!

  1. Pingback: Firstborn: It’s all phonetics! | Γονείς σε Δράση

  2. shashima says:

    Phonetics: the study of speech sounds

    Phonics: the relationship between the sounds of a language and the letters used to represent those sounds

    Phoneme: basic sound unit of speech

    Phonemic Awareness: the understanding that words are made up of individual sounds.It includes the ability to distinguish rhyme, blend sounds, isolate sounds, segment sounds, and manipulate sounds in words.

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