Review: Is My Kid Stupid? by Nzingha West

Title: Is My Kid Stupid?? Avoiding an Educational Disaster
Author: Nzingha West
Read for: Pump Up Your Book tour

The blurb from the back:

Is My Kid Stupid reveals the unmitigated truth about special education, and parental involvement. Is My Kid Stupid is a must read for any parent, or friend of a parent, or relative of a parent. Is My Kid Stupid teaches parents how to:

  • Choose the best practitioner for their child
  • Approach the school when you want something done
  • Receive a free private school education for your child courtesy of the state
  • Choose extracurricular activities for your child
  • Choose an advocate for your child, or be your own child’s advocate
  • Choose the therapies that will benefit your child the most

My Thoughts

Okay, so I have to open this with a couple of facts:

FACT: My boyfriend has dyslexia.

FACT: We do not say the word “stupid” in our house, because he was called “stupid” so often growing up.

That said, I was incredibly grateful to read something that not only says these children with learning disorders aren’t stupid, and that they may need a little more help than other children in learning. I was also glad to see that Ms. West differentiated between being lazy and having an actual disorder. I was also really glad that she mentions that it is important to have your child early if you are concerned about a learning disorder. The longer you wait, the harder it is for a child to catch up to his or her peers.

The book is filled with little tidbits on how to make sure your child is receiving the best possible education he or she can have. Not only in grade school, but also in college, should your child choose to go to college. It’s filled with little scenarios, and each chapter ends with a short Q&A session, along with blank areas for your answers, as well as a page or so for you to write any notes that you may want later.

I think this is a book that all parents of special needs kids should read. It offers a lot of insight into the educational system in general, as well as what to do if the school system isn’t working well for your child. There are even some tips that I didn’t know about (particularly about testing out of courses in college). Wish I had known that 7 years ago!

A copy of this book was received from the author as part of the Pump Up Your Book tour. For more information or to participate in a tour, go to Pump Up Your Book.

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