If you read anything about Hyperlexia, one of the first things you will learn is that children who are hyperlexic start out with reading skills that are far, far more advanced than their comprehension skills.
While Ben's decoding-to-comprehension ratio has been gradually evening out, I'm noticing something in the last few weeks that tells me that he is actively trying to comprehend.
He's constantly asking me what words mean.
I'm used to him just reading and reading and reading, knowing that he can't possibly UNDERSTAND what "Resource and Sagacity" means (heck, I don't) even though he can sound out the words.
And he never seemed to mind that he was saying the words without understanding the meaning. The exercise of reading aloud seemed to be, in part, about enjoying the sound of the words and the process of putting the sounds together to make words, like playing music rather than communicating.
Now he'll stop and ask me, for example, in the middle of reading his Star Wars book, "What is proton?" "What are torpedoes?"
He'll also just ask me the meaning of words out of the blue, as if he's been reciting a story in his head and suddenly realizes he wants to know the meaning of this word he's been saying for months.
Sometimes I know what story he's thinking of and sometimes I have no idea.
Here are a few random examples just from the last few days:
What's a shrub?
What's a meerkat?
What is orbiting?
What is berserk?
and, my favorite:
"Mommy, what's obe-live-VEE-on?"
"Obe-live-VEE-on." (points to song lyrics)
"Oh - that's oblivion. It means...it's like...um...disappearing up into the sky."
And thus, slowly go the characteristics of Hyperlexia, fading into oblivion.