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Your Say: Abby on Dyslexia and Changing Schools

Your Say: Abby on Dyslexia and Changing Schools

If this is the case, then you might find it reassuring to hear from Abby. Abby is a pupil who goes to secondary school in Scotland and has dyslexia.

Abby’s Experience

She has shared her thoughts and experiences Dyslexia Scotland’s magazine Dyslexia Voice, and this is what she said…

Abby: “Before I came up to High School I was worried about lots of different things. However, I am very glad that my worries have not become a reality….”

“My first worry was that people might pick on me. I want to tell you that nobody picks on you because you have dyslexia – in fact nobody even knows that you have it.”

Abby: “At first I didn’t feel confident about bringing out my coloured overlay in class [a learning tool I need to help me with my dyslexia]. But nobody mentioned the fact that I was using it and lots of other pupils were using them too. We now have every colour of overlay available in each department across the school.”

What did Abby find difficult about being in class?

Abby:I was very worried about people asking me to read aloud in class. In fact people don’t ask me to do this very often.” 

Is there anything else that worried Abby about school?

Abby:I was also worried about the work that we would have to do. I was afraid that the tasks set might be too hard for me. In fact, the teachers are happy to work with you if you find tasks difficult or give you different sheets to do to help you learn best.”

Key Points

Thanks to Abby for sharing her experience.

In summary, here are some takeaways from what she said:

You don’t need to feel self conscious about your dyslexia

It’s ok if you need to bring special equipment to classes to help you learn

You can tell the teacher if reading aloud in front of the class is hard for you

If your school work worries you, then try talking to your teachers

If you haven’t had the same positive experience as Abby, try talking to someone you trust.

Reach has more information if you are feeling anxious or down about school.

You can also get advice about bullying here.

Where can I find out more?

Finally, a big thank you to Abby and Dyslexia Scotland for letting us feature this interview, which first appeared in Dyslexia Scotland’s magazine Dyslexia Voice.

If you looking for more info and support about dyslexia, then check out Dyslexia Unwrapped, the online hub for young people with dyslexia.

Dyslexia unwrapped a website for young people

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