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Dyslexia

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Dyslexia

This page has been written with Meg, who is one of the Inclusion Ambassadors 🙂

If you have dyslexia, you may find it challenging to read and write.

Here, we explain what dyslexia is, how it can affect your learning and share what help is available.

Meg, who is a member of the Inclusion Ambassadors, also shares her experience of having dyslexia and the things that have helped her.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that can affect your ability to read, write and spell.

Lots of people with dyslexia find that it can help with other things like music, art, making or building things and physical activity.

If you have dyslexia, you might:

  • Find it tricky to match letters with their sounds
  • See words moving or jumbling up when you are reading
  • Confuse words that look similar, like ‘was’ and ‘saw’
  • Confuse words that sound the same but mean something different, like ‘to’ and ‘two’
  • Have trouble knowing left from right
  • Need more time to read and remember words
  • Find it difficult to follow instructions.

It’s important to know that having dyslexia doesn’t mean that a person isn’t smart or intelligent.

In fact, dyslexia can give people incredible strengths like creativity, problem-solving, and a unique perspective.

Many successful individuals, including authors, actors, and scientists, have dyslexia.

Dyslexia and learning

Sometimes dyslexia can be challenging in the classroom.

Meg shared that if she doesn’t understand what she’s doing and the class has been told not to speak, she’ll end up sitting doing nothing.

“The teacher might say ‘it’s written on the board’, but I can’t understand it.”

Meg also said that she can feel nervous if asked to read aloud in class. She told us:

“I feel better reading in my head than having to read out loud.”

Meg also said that even when some teachers knew about her dyslexia, they didn’t fully understand it. She said:

One time a teacher told us to read through dictionary to find a word we found interesting and explain why. I was sobbing as I was worried going to get into trouble. I just found simplest word I could and did my best to explain it.

How can my school help?

If you have dyslexia one of the ways you can get help in school is through Additional Support for Learning (ASL).

Meg told us that her English teacher is really good at understanding her dyslexia. She said:

“Teachers can help by talking, listening and including you in how best to learn.”

Talking is really important, Meg said. She told us how frustrating it can feel if the teacher draws a line under her writing when she has used the wrong word or spelled something incorrectly. She said:

“I much prefer when the teacher asks me about it and then I can explain what I meant.”

Meg also talked to us about how her friends in class are a great support.

“My friends that sit next to me are phenomenal readers. I can ask them ‘what does this say?’ and they’ll help me out.”

Meg says that her one piece of advice to anyone else with dyslexia would be:

“Find somebody you know you can trust to talk about it with.”

My Rights My Say logo

If you are 12-15 and are having difficulty speaking to your school about support, an organisation called My Rights, My Say can help.

You can contact them by hitting the button below.

Want to find out more about dyslexia when you’re changing school?

Find out what Abby’s experience was like and what helped her 🙂

who else can help?

There are organisations in Scotland that provide support for people who have dyslexia. You can find out more below.

If you looking for more info and support about dyslexia, then check out Dyslexia Unwrapped. This is Dyslexia Scotland’s online hub for young people with dyslexia.

They have lots of ideas, inspiration and tips!

As well as their Dyslexia Unwrapped online hub, Dyslexia Scotland can offer lots of information and support.

Find out more by clicking the button below:

British Dyslexia Association also offer lots of advice about dyslexia.

This video has a great explanation of what dyslexia is and how all of our different brains can do amazing things.

There are also more great tips on the Salveson Mindroom Centre website.

Here’s a great video about a boy called Dan who has dyslexia.

Thank you to Meg for sharing her experience of having dyslexia with us. It’s important to remember that every person is different and that your support should reflect that.

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