Posted by S K on 22 March 2013
My daughter had viral meningitis at 9 weeks of age. Now, at 7, we see her performing extraordinarily in math and science, but struggling with reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing to topic (main idea and details). As an elementary teacher myself, I saw early on that she was not progressing in reading and writing as she should when compared to her achievement in the hard sciences. She also has difficulty remembering simple requests ("Pick up your socks") if there is any background noise present, and she seems to have a short-term memory issue (asking the same question 10 times over unless I make her repeat the answer back to me). Her pediatrician has referred her to an audiologist to be evaluated for possible auditory processing disorder. I'm wondering if her bout with meningitis could be directly related to her academic issues now. Thank you.