She has shared her thoughts and experiences Dyslexia Scotland’s magazine Dyslexia Voice, and this is what she said…
HOW DID ABBY FEEL ABOUT MOVING FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY?
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.”
SOMETIMES PEOPLE WITH DYSLEXIA CAN USE TOOLS IN CLASS TO HELP THEM LEARN. HOW DID ABBY FIND THIS?
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.”