When I arrived to work with one of my kids today she presented me with a letter/message to other kids with Dyslexia. After our last session I had asked, "What would you tell another child who just found out they are Dyslexic?" I was met with an "I don't know maybe tell them to come see you." I was flattered by her comment of course but I was floored when she gave me her written message to other kids. I wish I had thought to take a picture of it before she and I began organizing the information to give better shape to her ideas. She had so many great things to say she just couldn't get all the thoughts written down and in order as quickly as she was thinking them, which is not uncommon for children with Dyslexia. I was so proud she kept writing because when I assign other writing assignments I am lucky to get 2 sentences! Since I didn't get a picture of what she wrote she did give me permission to type the finished product and share with you. At the top of the page titled DYSLEXIA she had this picture which she said are stairs. Then she added, "Learning to read and write is like going up a staircase, you have to take it one step at a time." I hope you enjoy her story as much as I did.
"I have Dyslexia. If you have Dyslexia that means it is hard to learn to read and write. With Dyslexia you will get your letters and numbers backwards. You need to learn in a different way and write in cursive. Learning to read and write is like going up a staircase, you have to take it one step at a time. you need to say your sounds and write them every day. you will get better at reading and writing."
When she left this evening she said, "I might write some more tonight." I'm not only excited she is FINALLY willing to write but that she is proud to tell her story and KNOWS she is smart. She said, "I may learn differently but I'm not stupid." Greatest part of my work day. I just had to share.