HOW DOES IT FEEL?
Most Dyslexics have problems with reading, writing and short-term memory; a combination of all or some and in varying degrees. Until recently children who struggled with these conditions were often labelled slow, lazy or disruptive. Many suffer from lack of self esteem, confidence and become humiliated and frustrated because they are normally bright, quick and gifted individuals who cannot seem to work in the written and reading world at the same pace as their other classmates. We need to support them, to build their confidence & self esteem.
“It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no-one can see or understand, you exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and worst of all you know that you are not just stupid.”
Susan Hampshire Past President The Dyslexia Institute.
Examples of how Dyslexics describe how it feels:
- ‘I see things from a different perspective.’
- ‘I can come up with solutions no one else has thought of and I think fast on my feet.’
- ‘When I am reading, occasionally a passage will get all jumbled up, but when it happens I have to read and re-read the passage over again.
- ‘I know what I want to say, but I can never find the right words.’
- ‘In formal situations, although I know what I want to say, I struggle, lose focus and then my mind goes blank and I panic.’
- ‘I have the right ideas, but I can’t get them down on paper.’
- ‘It’s like my computer crashing with too much information!’
- ‘Sometimes when I am being told what to do, the words I hear get all jumbled up in my mind and I just can’t take in what is being said to me.’
- ‘In general conversation with family, friends and colleagues they usually accept that I tend to ramble, forget and repeat,…. because that’s part of me’.
Thank you. Excerpt taken from www.bdadyslexia.org