As Dyslexia Awareness Week is ending, the dialog about much needed changes for dyslexics is continuing.
How did you deal with your daughter’s dyslexia?
“After comparing my daughter’s work and my own when I was in school, I was certain that I also had dyslexia. I am self-educated, I read a lot, and I established my own business. I know they say that dyslexia makes reading difficult but based on my own experience, I know you can learn it, you just learn it differently. I did. When you have your own innovative business, reading and math are the two most important things. Since I was able to do it, I knew my daughter could do the same.”
How did you deal with your daughter’s school?
“I took my daughter out of public school and enrolled her in a private school that focused on the abilities of my daughter and not the disabilities. The school used the 'Help' method to teach dyslexic children to read and she had an assistant who spent time with her to enjoy reading. The school really focused on the abilities of dyslexia. Knowing that my daughter was in the best school possible was important for me so that I could focus on my own business.”
Not every parent can afford a private school, what alternative would you have chosen?
“That’s a tough question. I know I didn’t want her to be in special education because I’d be afraid of what it would have done to her self-esteem. Now that I know about the “Help” method of how to teach dyslexic kids to read, I would have hired a tutor to help her with her school work and communicate with her teachers as much as possible to give her extra time or whatever would be possible in the regular classroom. To support her creativity, I would have looked for any kind of activities that were available after school that she could join; any activity that didn’t focus on reading, writing, and math, but about being active and creative.”
What does your daughter do now?
“Well, she is about to graduate from the same school with a GPA of 3.8. She is a fluent reader, loves creative writing, and hopes to continue working with horses professionally. She is considering becoming a veterinarian but isn’t sure yet. She still doesn’t like math but graduating with a B in Math, I am not going to complain. She has her passion, is innovative, self-confident, respectful, and happy. What more can parents wish for?”