Everyone with dyslexia is different. No two people have the same learning style.

Having dyslexia means that you may need support with things like reading, writing or remembering at school. If you’re struggling at school because of having dyslexia, then Rachel – a Young Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland – knows just how you might be feeling. Rachel shares some things that teachers may have said to you that can be just SO not what you need to hear. She’s also got great tips to help you understand ways that your teachers CAN help you.

Rachel is on a mission to help change people’s thoughts about what it means to be dyslexic – check out this film and you’ll start seeing dyslexia differently. Rachel wants you to know that with the right support and hard work, you can achieve anything.

Things that teachers sometimes say that aren’t helpful:

  • Listen more carefully
  • Read more carefully….the answer is in the passage
  • Hurry up
  • You need to be more careful
  • You haven’t written much
  • You just need to try a wee bit harder

1 in every 10 people has dyslexia. It often runs in families.

8 ways that teachers can help you:

  1. Listen to you – ask you what is working well for you at school and what support helps.
  2. Talk with your parents about how they can help support your learning.
  3. Break down instructions.
  4. Praise your strengths and boost your confidence.
  5. Sit you with another pupil who can help support you.
  6. Give you more time to do your work and more time in exams.
  7. Encourage you to use technology, like an iPad for spell checking.
  8. Allow your work to be presented in different ways

Dyslexia has nothing to do with how clever you are. Some of the most successful and smartest people in the world are dyslexic.

 

Need more info and support? Check out Dyslexia Unwrapped, the online hub for young people with dyslexia.