If you’ve got dyslexia and are starting at a new school, you may have some worries about what it will be like and whether you will get the support you need.

If this is you, you might find it reassuring to hear from Abby – a pupil who has dyslexia – writing about moving to high school and the things she found she need not have worried about….

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….

  1. You don’t need to feel self conscious about your dyslexia: “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”. Haven’t had the same positive experience as Abby? Talk to someone you trust if you’re being bullied and remember that there are things you can do that can help….. get advice on bullying here. 
  2. It’s ok if you need to bring special equipment to classes to help you learn: “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 because we worked hard during Dyslexia Awareness Week to buy these”.
  3. You can tell the teacher if reading aloud in front of the class is hard for you: “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.” Keep calm and carry on
  4. You can talk to your teachers if you’re worried about whether you can do the work: “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.”
And finally…. Abby’s top tip on making friends at your new school:

Everyone is looking for new friends when they are in S1….Chat to others and you will find that you have things in common.

A big thank you to Abby for letting us feature this piece, which first appeared in Dyslexia Scotland‘s magazine Dyslexia Voice.

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