When I first learned of our daughter’s dyslexia and then began to discover the early intervention programs we would need to employ to support her reading and academic skills, I was overwhelmed (to say the least)! My husband and I were, and continue to be, fully committed to our Tiny Dancer’s capacity to learn. But despite our conviction, there is a hard truth that comes with our early intervention efforts: exhaustion. Early intervention requires a lot of energy. I spend time finding and scheduling tutors. And then there is the time to take our daughter to the tutor, wait during the session, and then hours at home reading with her. We spend our money investing in this kind of additional help and devote our attention to honoring our daughter’s full life and giving her many opportunities to enjoy childhood away from classrooms and tutors. Keeping this kind of schedule is hard work!
On the days when I feel depleted – or even, defeated – the way I stay energized is to revisit the bigger picture of why we keep the schedule we keep. Early intervention is essential to our daughter’s scholastic success, but it’s essential to something bigger: lifelong learning! When our daughter begins to master decoding word blends, we also see her swinging from the monkey bars with more confidence, turning a cartwheel with straighter legs and singing in front of her friends. All of those extended school days and long tutoring hours help her to master reading skills and master life skills. With early intervention, she grows more competent, more confident, and most importantly, more courageous. In the short run, it can be exhausting. In the long run, it is worth every single ounce of our energy and more!