Do you have a child who struggles with reading and writing? Does your child have Dyslexia or a language based learning disability? Terrific Teddy and the bd Mix-Up is an excellent book written by Jim Forgan, PhD, who also wrote Terrific Teddy’s Excessive Energy. I had the pleasure of interviewing him and got some excellent information that can help many other parents who struggle with children with ADHD, language based learning disabilities and other disabilities and differences. To check out the interview, click here.
Terrific Teddy and the bd Mix-Up is about a 7 year old boy named Teddy who struggles with reading and writing difficulties. He is an excellent climber, skateboarder and critter catcher. However, he finds reading and writing hard and get embarrassed when he has to read in front of the class. He feels like everyone can read, but him and gets so frustrated, that one day he throws his worksheet in the trash and says that he feels stupid.
Teddy’s mom tells him that “some people need to learn to read a different way”. Teddy gets evaluated so that he can get the help he needs to improve his reading and writing skills. After these special tests, Teddy starts working with a reading tutor outside of school and gets a special reading teacher at school. I love how the author describes a tutor being “just a teacher who teaches kids one at a time”. The book also discusses what Teddy does with the reading teacher and how he learned the “bed” trick with his thumbs to learn how how to write the b and d in the correct way.
Teddy also works hard to improve his reading by practicing with his dog, Dolly who likes to hear him read. To learn about canine assisted reading, click here.
At the end of the book, Teddy says “I’m still an expert critter catcher and an expert climber. Now I know that one day I’m going to be an expert reader, too!” Dr. Jim Forgan has two optional endings for this story depending on how old your child is and how you want to discuss their reading difficulties with them.
To learn more about the symptoms and myths of Dyslexia, click here. To learn more about Jim Forgan, PhD’s practice and how he evaluates children for Dyslexia and other language based learning disabilities, click here.