So today I am going to be talking about quite a sensitive subject, in my opinion. A few of my close friends & family members struggle with dyslexia every day, so I thought that I’d let them share their opinion on what it is like being dyslexic, and how dyslexia helps & hinders them on a daily basis.
This post has been hard to write, from both their perspectives and from mine, so please do be kind, supportive & commend these people for sharing their voice on a topic close to their hearts.
Without further ado, let’s let the questions begin!
What is it like being dyslexic? (Thomas)
- What does it feel like to be dyslexic?
‘For me, you don’t feel like you are dyslexic until you enter the classroom. I feel like a normal person at home. It can get really frustrating in the classroom sometimes when the teacher doesn’t explain the task much, and everyone else is sailing ahead.’
- What is the hardest part about being dyslexic?
‘Dyslexic people are normally really behind in reading, and I struggle to keep up with my reading as it can get very hard. It’s really upsetting when you are reading a book and someone says to you that they read that when they were 7, and you’re reading it now at age 13. Due to this, I prefer to read on a kindle or especially, listen to books.’
- What is reading in class like?
‘It’s really hard when you have to read in class, and then you come across a really big word that everyone else knows. I find this really embarrassing. Luckily, most of the people in my set know that I have dyslexia and so they understand why I’m struggling, but I think that if I read to another set then I would be laughed at.’
How does dyslexia help you? (Liv)
- Some of the cleverest people in the world are dyslexic, how does this make you feel?
‘This makes me feel so much more resilient. If people are teasing me about my dyslexia then I normally ask them ‘What about to Albert Einstein?’ or any other successful dyslexic people. It helps drive me on, and my mentality is that I can do it rather than I can’t’
- How do you think your dyslexia helps you?
‘It helps me in a creative way, it makes me feel more creative. I can imagine stuff that normal people can’t do, dyslexic people think out of the box more. This helps me in subjects such as art, DT, music & computing/ IT.’
How does dyslexia ‘hinder’ you & advice? (Ian)
- Do you feel that your dyslexia stops you from doing stuff?
‘I don’t think it stops you doing stuff, the only real disadvantages you get are that your processing speed is slow. You can help your ability to read & write through hard work, so dyslexia just slows down the pace at which you do tasks in class. I haven’t not done anything because of my dyslexia, at one point I even got 100% in an exam.’
- Do you have any advice for anyone else with dyslexia?
‘My advice for dyslexic people is to always do everything, never say you can’t, because you can do it, even if it takes more time and effort than other people. Don’t worry too much about people teasing you, it shouldn’t stop you from doing anything. Never give up, it will be worth every second and will help you later in life.’
I must say a massive thank-you to Tom, Liv & Ian for patiently answering my questions and talking about their experiences – it was really brave of them. They are open to answering any more questions from you all, so if think I’ve missed anything, please comment below and I’ll pass your questions onto them.
Do you have dyslexia? What are your tips & advice to other people with dyslexia? How has it/ does it affect you in your daily life?
Hope you enjoyed this post, once again lots of thanks to all my friends/ family for helping me with this post! You have to agree that they did themselves proud! 👍
Lots of love,