Students Share Their Dyslexia Stories

With the right support dyslexia needn't stop people from achieving the things they want to do in life.

With the right support dyslexia needn’t stop people from achieving the things they want to do in life.

Dyslexia is a common type of learning disability that mainly affects the skills involved in the reading and spelling of words.

Dom wasn’t diagnosed until he was 15.

He said: “Until I was 15, I just thought I was thick and I couldn’t understand why ’cause I was trying so hard.

“Around then it wasn’t recognized as much… you were just considered as not learning as quickly as everyone else, and not being as intelligent as everyone else.”

What made things even more difficult was that his older brothers were A students.

“People at school used to call me thick and they used to say, ‘Your brothers are smart but you’re really not!’ and that used to really, really hurt.”

However, Dom thinks it’s not always a disadvantage being dyslexic.

“I was really creative as a kid… in some ways it’s a really, really positive thing.”

“If it wasn’t for being dyslexic, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

If you think you might have dyslexia, you should tell a parent, guardian or teacher.

There is lots of help available and with the right support dyslexia needn’t stop you achieving the things you want to do in your life.

Does dyslexia affect you?

Do you have dyslexia? How does it affect you and your life?

Perhaps you know someone at school with dyslexia? What help is there for dyslexic kids?

Some Stories:

I have told some of my friends that I am dyslexic but when I ask my friends how to spell a word, they sometimes gasp and it makes me feel sad.

Emma

I am dyslexic. I find my bad memory the hardest thing. I find it hard to remember what has just happened, what I’m supposed to be doing, or where I have put something. It makes me disorganized and muddled.

Tom

My mom has dyslexia, and wasn’t diagnosed until she was an adult. But she didn’t let that stop her. She is now an airline pilot and flies around the world every week!

Alexa

I find it really hard looking at a word, then covering it up and having to spell it. Sometimes I write letters the wrong way round or swap letters around inside a word.

Thomas

I think it is really important that everyone understands what dyslexia is so that it’s easier for children with it to get the support they need.

Millie

I have dyslexia and it is hard to focus in school. When I was in 7th grade I was picked on, but now that I have help from my teacher and my friends I’m doing much better.

Masum

I have dyslexia and it makes things a lot harder. I have a support teacher and a laptop to use in school. The laptop reads back what I have written.

Erin

I have dyslexia. I have colored glasses which help me a little to read and stop words from moving about the page. I don’t think people and teachers understand how hard it is for me and other people with dyslexia to concentrate and keep up with school work.

Liam

Two or three of my friends have dyslexia, but it doesn’t affect our friendship. They just find it harder to read and write than I do.

Natasha

I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was about eight because my writing was really wonky and I was a slow writer. Dyslexia has affected my life in many ways some positive and some negative. I have help with my reading and I have a grip on my pen and I use a laptop for some subjects.

Chelsey

I have dyslexia. I’m like the worst speller in my class. I don’t like having dyslexia but I do, so I’ll have to put up with it. My mom says I’m getting better at writing and reading.

Amily

I’m dyslexic and I go to a dyslexic school. It has helped me with my reading and writing.

Oscar

Dyslexia has made my life hard. I got a tutor which made things a lot easier. But in my class there are others who haven’t had any help which is upsetting. They’ve really struggled with no help.

Josh

Read more at Does dyslexia affect you?

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