Dyslexia for one family

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Hunches and gut feelings didn’t count for much in the more rigid world of public education, Ms. Bullock found over six long, frustrating years of watching her daughter flounder and then almost lose hope because of her condition. It was only this fall, at age 11, that Emma finally found a school that could provide the necessary amount of specialized instruction dyslexic kids like her need to learn to read, she said.

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Decoding Dyslexia

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Read the story about the couple who played a major role:

By now, Sally and Bennett Shaywitz might have retired to a life of grandchild-doting and Mediterranean-cruising.

Instead, the Shaywitzes — experts in dyslexia at Yale who have been married to each other for 55 years — remain as focused as ever on a research endeavor they began 35 years ago

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Dyslexia and love

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Singer-actress Cher’s fling with actor Tom Cruise began after they bonded over having dyslexia.

“Then a bunch of people who were dyslexic were invited to the White House, and Tom and I are both dyslexic. We didn’t go out till way later, but there definitely was a connection there,” Cher said.

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Dyslexia as a superpower

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Matt Strawbridge says his early schooling years were tough, and that’s why he’s putting his efforts into making them more bearable for others.

“I’m dyslexic and going through school wasn’t particularly easy. I just don’t want any dyslexic kid to feel like I did growing up.”

Now the 19-year-old is helping kids all over New Zealand turn dyslexia into their “superpower”.

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End of Dyslexia

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Well not really but read the great story by Lisa Wood Shapiro, who was and is dyslectic but has found remarkable ways to get around most issues and works as a writer. She says:

But I’ve never thought of myself as having a disability. Instead, I see it as a glitch, and one I’ve gotten good at masking. I’ve been able to hide my dyslexia for decades simply because I live in an age of technological wonders. Microsoft Word spell-checks most every syllable I write. When my dyslexic mind mangles a word so much that it’s rendered un-spell-checkable, I’ll deploy an arsenal of workarounds. I might reverse-engineer a word by typing an easy synonym into the thesaurus, or I might paste my best attempt into my browser bar and let the search engine offer the correct spelling as a suggested query.

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Tell them they are not stupid.

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Read how backwards the policy in New Zealand seems to be. What a shame!

Our son has never done very well academically. It is incredibly difficult for an intelligent child to perform poorly in school. He has suffered high anxiety, periodically vomits at school and is sent home. He has had sore stomachs for years with no medical answer. It is heartbreaking to hear your child tell you how stupid they are.

We applied for government funding to have our son assessed, but this was declined as a child needs to be at least two years below in all academic areas. How can a child who has only been at school two years be more than two years below?

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