Having Dyslexia | Problems and advice

What is dyslexia?



Dyslexia is a really common thing and in the UK alone 1 in 10 people have some form of it and in the world 1 in 5 have it. Whether it's mild or strong it affects people in different ways. Dyslexia is a term for disorders that involve difficulty learning to read, interpret words, letters and other symbols. This does not effect general intelligence.
Being that it affects people in different ways at different times in a person's life it can make it harder for a person to learn and it can put barriers in the way of progress. Those barriers however can be over come with the right kind of help and support it makes it easy to do so. It is more common for a person struggling with Dyslexia to have difficulty spelling. Although most of the time people think it's reading. On top of that it can make it hard for the person to come up with a specific name or date when under pressure of time or remembering a list or sequence of spoken words such as a phone number.
If you have Dyslexia you are born with it but it might not start to show until you're in your teens just because it's a lot harder to diagnose when younger. This might be due to still learning to read and write.

My experiences with Dyslexia
For me I had struggled with Dyslexia until I was in year 10 so starting my GCSE's. Which was pretty hard for me as I always felt like English was a subject that I wasn't very good at. On top of that I struggled a lot at school. It made it look like I was being lazy or something like that. It was far from it. Not knowing what is wrong with you can be very hard for you and those around you. Well that's what I found anyway.

After years of struggling and then finding out what I had I thought that now I know things would get easier for me. Little did I know it would take longer than I was expecting. I was super embarrassed at first. I didn't want anymore to know, even though my teachers had to know. With this I got extra time in exams and someone to read the questions out for me if needed. I felt so embarrassed that I just wanted to keep it to myself. When I eventually told me close friends, I felt that a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Even though I still felt embarrassed. For me I felt like my school didn't really help me and kind of pushed me to the side.

With my GCSE's and my Diploma being over and just scrapping by. I had gotten the grades that was considered 'passing'; which in my eye's it wasn't at all similar. This is when I started blogging. Oh my it has helped a lot. My spelling and grammar has improved so much, got to mention as well my confidence in writing and reading out-loud. I honestly didn't think it would help at all, but it has it's help massively. I even think that if I didn't publish a single post I would still been in the same boat. I'm so glad I did though as it's like I have gone on this journey with you guys.

My own advice when dealing with Dyslexia

My own advice when dealing with Dyslexia is to be patient with it. I know it's tricky and it makes simple things a lot harder for you. In time it will get easier.It's good for you to put simple and smart strategies in place to help you. There are all different kinds of ways to help, so if you stuck then have a look online.
For me I use blogging as a tool for helping me and spell checker to help me know if I have made any mistakes. With this I write down the spelling I have got wrong and then I write down the correct why of spelling it. By doing this it helps me to remember the words as I have written it down. Some words take more tries than others but it is a useful thing for to do.

Reading is a bit tricky for some people with Dyslexia so a good tip is to use 21st century Internet. Read things on social media. It's an addicting thing that most of us do, I am one of those people. With this you are reading all the time without feeling the pressure of reading such big texts all at once. As well as that when talking to people try not to speak in 'text' speak. So use full words, for example instead of saying 'u' say 'you' and instead of saying 'wuu2?' say 'What are you up to?'. This is a simple and good way of helping. In time this will come part of your day to day language.

The biggest advice I can give you is to not get angry at yourself if you are being slow or getting things wrong. This dose not mean that you are a failure or will never get anywhere, this just means it will take time and you need to understand that if someone is disabled they can't just walk so it works the same when having Dyslexia. You can't be 'cured' by it; it's all about adapting and doing things that will make it far for you.
To summarize, Dyslexia is a complicated thing and takes time to get used to. If you are dealing with someone with it then be patient with them. If you do some research into ways to help them to show that you're not going to push them aside because of it, this will help them feel more comfortable around you and within themselves.

See you next time for another.

Meg!

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