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Finding out you or someone else has dyslexia can be a daunting prospect. What is it? How does it affect me in my daily life? What can I do to help myself or the person in my life who has dyslexia? If the truth be told… Dyslexia does not have to be a burden on your life. There are many ways to support yourself or the person who you know is affected.
Symptoms of Dyslexia
The first step towards support is recognising certain traits that are commonly found among people with dyslexia. For Example:
trying to avoid reading and writing whenever possible
when reading black print on a white background finding it difficult to see the letters, some people describe it as if the words are moving around on the page
trying to conceal any difficulties that you have with reading and writing from other people
poor time management and organisational skills
relying on memory and verbal skills rather than reading or writing
Steps towards success with dyslexia
Build up your confidence when attempting to read. Seek advice, for example, some people with dyslexia find that using different coloured filters over a text can help them focus on the writing.
Be tested by a professional who understands dyslexia and can offer tailored advice specifically aimed at your needs. Increasing your understanding of your own needs with your dyslexia can help you realise that you don´t need to feel like you are in some way stupid.
Problems such as poor spelling can be associated with dyslexia and supported by such tools as portable spell checkers, the predictable texter in your mobile or the spell checker in a computer word program. As a teacher I am often expected to write on the whiteboard. When you know you are going to be in this kind of situation it helps to find the spellings of key words before you take the class. These can also be disguised as teaching tools by making them into flashcards “to help the children” and at the same time support you.
Organisation on a general day-to-day basis can be supported by routine. Create a routine (or ask someone to support you in writing this timetable) that effectively includes activities that you need, and make sure you stick to it until it becomes second nature. Use prompt cards to stop you from forgetting your next activity. These could be as small as a credit card and fit inside your wallet for easy concealment if you feel the need.
Time management can be a daily problem especially with many new tasks that need to be adequately prioritised. One way to support this is to set up a list. Try not to keep lists on scrap pieces of paper that can easily be lost. Buy a notebook and pen or an easily portable electronic device such as a mobile phone or palmtop computer where you can keep updating your list and have it with you so it is instantly available. Just as with the timetable keep referring back to your list and get into good habits of keeping it updated.