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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Once she was lost but now she has found herself

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Then on February 12 this year, I decided to seek help and my first stop was online, where I started looking for information about my condition. I knew that there was an inconsistency about my “stupidity”. I was good with numbers but poor in language and self-expression. I googled my insecurities and dyslexia came up. Finally, I could put a name to what was ailing me.

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Dyscalculia in a dance

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A dancer incorporates his dyslexia in an epic dance. Voices of stage need to help him through his dance steps:

Throwing the book aside, he repeats the steps, as if trying to get them right before stopping and asking the audience how long it takes to correct a mistake.

The dancer’s inability to perfect the footwork is a metaphor for his struggles with reading and the way letters jumble together for dyslexic people.

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Hiding Dyslexia for more than 50 years!

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A Wigan woman captured the hearts of the nation when she pledged on TV that she would learn to read in a year so she could tell her grandchildren bedtime stories.

Denise Gallagher, a gran-of-two from Winstanley, appeared alongside Davina McCall on the primetime ITV tear-jerker “This time next year”, a show which helps its guests to achieve their dreams in just 12 months.

The 57-year-old catering assistant who works at St John Rigby College, had hidden her dyslexia from people for more than 50 years.

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The magic spell from Mr. Fox’ dyslexia

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“Having dyslexia was a huge challenge in my life for most of my childhood. The form of it that I have prevented my mind from processing the information in the same way most people do. So if I read a page from top to bottom, by the time I finished reading I could not tell you what I had read. However, listening and reading at the same time was what made the difference. Today I spend my self-investing and learning time either with podcasts or video tutorials,” he explains.

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Piano playing and Dyslexia

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A DYSLEXIC man has invented a system for teaching the piano to people with learning difficulties.

Emoji-Go is based on standard musical notation but assigns the colours of the rainbow to each of the seven notes from A (red) to G (violet).

These are illustrated with emojis, the smiley-faced characters used in text messages and on social media.

Inventor Kevin Thomson, 67, from Peppard Common, came up with the idea as he had struggled to learn to play the piano as a child.

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Film festival for dyslectic film makers

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It is thought that the learning difficulty lends itself to greater creativity and the ability to think in pictures. Celebrating “unique storytelling prowess” of dyslexic and “neurodivergent” filmmakers, the world’s first dyslexic film festival, the DYSPLA International Moving Image Festival, held its 12th annual event in Camden this month.

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A book about how to deal with dyslexia

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“Once Upon a Time a Sparrow” is a fictional representation of the author’s experiences, as a young girl with reading challenges, and as an adult learning to accept a condition she kept well-hidden. The result is a stunning narrative that will touch your heart and leave a lasting imprint. It certainly made an impression on the judges in the Reader Views Literary Awards, taking home first place overall for Best General Fiction Novel and the Jewel Kats Special Needs Award.

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Going to Harvard with Dyslexia

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This is what Caitlin Iles’ father told her after she told him she had dyslexia:

 “I’m proud of you for being honest, you’re going to have to work harder than anyone else to get what you want but … if Richard Branson can do it, so can you”.

That one sentence has shaped each day of my life since. It’s played quietly on a loop, somewhere in the back of my mind on a daily basis. Without a doubt, it was the most valuable lesson and the best advice I have received.

It’s what got me to Harvard.

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