This week I’ve been reading lots of inspirational stories about dyslexia. And indulging (or enduring?) in my new guilty secret – running.
I am a closet runner. Those that know me are probably giggling at this news. The rest of you are probably wondering what on earth this has got to do with dyslexia. Bear with me.
I am not keen on anyone witnessing my sad shuffle around the block. So I tend to run at 5.30 in the morning, in the pitch dark. An abrupt and unwelcome start to my day, believe me. I certainly don’t want anyone to see me as I shamble past!
So what’s running got to do with dyslexia?
Well, this week is Dyslexia Awareness Week. The theme this year is Positive about Dyslexia. The British Dyslexia Association has been doing a wonderful job helping raise awareness of dyslexia and creating a more dyslexia-friendly world. The key to raising awareness of dyslexia is communication. It’s all about talking about dyslexia so that we no longer stumble around in the dark – like my nocturnal running!
The BDA have featured interviews with lots of people from all walks of life being just that – Positive about Dyslexia. Jamie Oliver, Samantha Fletcher, Richard Branson, Ross Linnett and Josh (aged 10) all have their say. They are talking about dyslexia and how it has shaped their lives in a very positive way.
If your child has dyslexia, talking about it is important.
Who do you need to talk to?
Talk to your child’s teacher
You are a team – so open the lines of communication and keep them open! He or she will want to know what your child likes or dislikes. And what works best for your child. Work with your child’s teacher – not against her. Read more about how to work with your child’s teacher to help your child here.
Talk to other parents
You don’t have to struggle on alone, worrying about your child and his future. Connect with other parents in the same boat. Support groups can offer valuable support and information. Joining a local support group can provide the opportunity to meet and talk to other parents who share and empathise with your experiences. You might find a local support group here. Alternatively, if there isn’t a group near you, join a support group on line. Try the Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and LD Parent Support Group.
Finally, talk to your child
Every child with dyslexia is bound to experience ups and downs in their school career. It takes resilience to seize the opportunities and overcome the setbacks life brings. Let him know he can count on your unconditional support. No matter what. Let him know he has an exceptional brain. And keep the conversation going!