The Up-side of Dyslexia

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Albert Einstein, Tom Cruise, Richard Branson, Orlando Bloom, Will Smith, Whoopie Goldberg, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg, Kiera Knightly

to name just a few…

‘Famous Dyslexic’ is how they are described.  But, not one let Dyslexia define them…

Actors & Entertainers, Athletes, Artists, Designers & Architects, Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders…

Dyslexia did not keep them from becoming all they wanted to be…

Sometimes a diagnosis of Dyslexia can be devastating for parents.

Sometimes it can be liberating…

No matter how Dyslexia is first perceived at the onset; how Dyslexia is handled from that point forward is crucial for a child’s success.

I can only speak from my knowledge and experience as a Dyslexia Therapist, so here are some of my suggestions for helping your child achieve successes:

  • Celebrate child’s best, not school’s “best”
  • Share the strengths of Dyslexia & focus on finding your child’s strengths
  • Practice the Art of Receiving…
    • receive Grace, as well as giving it
    • be willing to receive help in areas you are not clear about
    • receive your child just the way he was created & celebrate him/her
  • Become your child’s best Advocate
    • become and ‘expert’ about your child’s LD
    • become familiar with the education laws in your state
    • know your child’s rights to a Free and APpropriate Education

I would love to wrap this post up with an inspiring 6 min. video of The Honorable Bill Cassidy speaking at the Dyslexia Hearings, “The Science of Dyslexia” for the House, In D.C. September 18th.  The true emotion he shows is an example of the impact the struggle of Dyslexia has on many families.  He spoke for all of you.  For a better tomorrow for children with Dyslexia.  I love Bill Cassidy’s description of dyslexia to the committee:

Dyslexia robs the ability to read quickly and automatically & to retrieve spoken words easily, but it does not dampen creativity & ingenuity.

Some of best things we can do for our dyslexic children are instill & maintain a love for learning, focus on strengths & build their confidence.

~sherri31 Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

  1. Hi Chris! Wow! I did not know you had a dyslexic son. What a blessing for your son to have received such great instruction and accommodations in high school. There are a lot of resources out there for him to utilize in college and the work place. It is becoming more and more the norm for workplaces to provide accommodations for their employees.
    Thank you for sharing your son’s dyslexia “story” with me, Chris! Appreciate you stopping by my blog today!
    ~sherri

  2. Thanks for this, Sherri. My son, now 20, struggles with Dyslexia. He’s super intelligent, but when it comes to writing and reading, he’s rather chop off his arm. Luckily we had him at a Christian school that allowed him to take his tests verbally through 6th grade and never asked him to read aloud in class. After that, they said he had to adapt to the world, and I totally agreed. Making that allowance for the first half of high school allowed him to keep his confidence.

  3. You are welcome, Lisa! Thank you for stopping by today! Have you looked into Bookshare (free) or Learning Ally? These are great sites with millions of audible books – even text books – both also have apps so your daughter could use with a tablet or phone. Just set up an account with either site and then you can sign into the app. Here are the links to both:

    https://www.bookshare.org/

    https://www.learningally.org/

    Also, a new online community, Understood.org, is a community for parents of learning different children to come and join in conversation with other parents facing similar struggles and frustrations. It is moderated and there are ‘experts’ to help answer questions, if needed. You will find great articles. There are forums to join in on and/or you can start a discussion asking other parents for tips on how to help your daughter discover her strengths and build her self-esteem.

    ~sherri

  4. Thank you so much for this series. My 9 year old daughter was diagnosed this past spring. I want for her to love learning and realize she is capable, but sadly she does not believe either of those things. Living in a print rich world is so frustrating for these children.

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