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Wahts it liek growing up wtih dislexia?

Submitted by solomon on Tue, 07/17/2018 - 17:17
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What was it like to accept, overcome and change my perspective on dyslexia?

Well, my English has improved because I can now use a laptop in class and in tests, but still, I sometimes don’t KNOW HOW TO SPELL dyslexia. Growing up I had lots of help in class, mainly from my school’s SEN department, my mum, tutor, and my English and Science teachers.


Dyslexia does have some positives as I can use a computer in my tests and I can get a disabled pass at Thorpe Park.


I was often given detentions for the poor quality of my work, so I would do it again and I would hand it in and it would be exactly the same. When I did it again teachers didn’t realise that I had tried, because no matter what, my work would be unacceptable to their eyes. My grammar isn’t as strong as it could be and tests are swinging out of my reach because 12 marks are now awarded for grammar.

Despite how hard I try, I don’t think I will get those 12 marks.

Public reading was one of the most difficult challenges, it was like I ran for a bus but everyone was able to run and I was alone on crutches. I was always reluctant to read out loud and sometimes was given detentions for not doing so. This was really upsetting because it knocked my confidence, it almost made me not want to get answers right.

Present challenges

Life is still sometimes difficult, I still spell 'because' by saying: “Big Elephants Can Always Use Small Elevators.”  It sounds weird when you’re in the exam hall and saying that out loud! When I work out Maths equations I often jot down random numbers, most of the time it is right, but I don’t know what the numbers mean and how I worked it out… Despite my coursework being the only thing stopping me from failing my exams, it was recently taken away from the GCSE syllabus, so I fear my microscopic chance of passing may be even smaller.

Successful people with dyslexia

Everyone says that there are lots of successful people with dyslexia, but I’m not sure, to be honest. I would rather be Barack Obama or Drake than Ann Bradcoft and Tom Soothers - these are some of the most famous people with dyslexia. I’d never heard of them until my English teacher told me about them.

Yet, dyslexia has made me stronger. I knew my grades would not change but that hasn’t stopped me from having 3 jobs at the age of 13, one was a paper round and the other two were acting in theatres in London. In spite of my dyslexia, these experiences have given me confidence.

I think besides this learning difficulty, dyslexics have made it big in the world. Richard Branson says that he struggled in school and kept quiet in class, just like most people with dyslexia, but, he has built a name for himself and an amazing business empire!

Can you read this?

One cool ticrk is taht raed tihs I hvae grwon up wtih deslxyqa it has been challegening but i can see sfutf taht ohters cnat if the frsit and lsat letteres are in the rgiht pacle and it cotainns the lstteres in any oredr i can raed it no mttear the lngeth if you hvae dlyexsia u can raed tihs wtih esae.

One cool trick is that I can see stuff that others can’t. If the first and last letters of a word are in the right place and it contains the letters in any order, I can read it no matter the length. If you have dyslexia you can read this with ease!

I think that although I am dyslexic I can do what most can, it might just be a bit harder.

By Gabriel