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Tip #51: A Mom's Reading Tips for Her Epileptic Son

Kitty Felde

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There are physical reasons that make it difficult for some children to read. But that doesn't mean they can't become book lovers.

Tassany Campbell's son was a good reader. Then he was hit by a car.

Tassany's son survived. He's twelve now. But the accident left him with epilepsy and he lost six years of mental capacity. Reading wasn't fun anymore. It became a chore. Tassany says her child thought he was being punished when someone handed him a book because of his struggles with reading.

So Tassany bought her son a tablet and started downloading audio books.

She reads the book ahead of time so that she can give him a pep talk. Tassany says, "I tell him, 'this book is awesome!' and give him highlights and tell him what I liked about it." She says she picks parts of the book that will peak his interest - topics or jokes or plot points that will make him want to talk. Often, they listen together.

Then they work on audio book reports. Instead of writing out an essay, Tassany interviews her son, asking him about his favorite parts and what was confusing. Those questions develop into a conversation.

Tassany says the most important bit is demonstrating to her son that she's interested in the book - and interested in her son's opinions about the book. If mom is engaged, she says, "He thinks it's cool!"

There are a number of places to find free audio books, starting with your local public library.