Behind the News Rookie Report by Eliza - watch and learn about dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a very common learning difference and several other people in your school and maybe even others in your class, or in your family are likely to have dyslexia. In fact, there is likely to be more than 7,500 kids in Tasmania with dyslexia!
There are also many successful and famous people with dyslexia.
Dyslexia is just a big word to explain why some people find it hard to learn to read, write and spell. Everyone is different. It is something that happens – like having fair hair, freckles or blue eyes.
We all have different strengths and weaknesses. You might be good at sport, music, art or have a fantastic imagination and can tell great stories. Perhaps you are great with animals or are generous, funny, loving. What do you love doing? What makes you feel good?
Reading and spelling might be hard, but everyone finds some things harder than others.
You might have to work very hard to succeed when it comes to reading and spelling, but it can be done, with proper help and support. There are also lots of simple things that your teachers can do to help you and make your classroom dyslexia friendly - so don't forget to always ask for help and let your parents and teachers know how you're feeling.
It's also great to make time to focus on your strengths and do the things you enjoy!
It is important to remember that there are positives to thinking differently. Many dyslexic people show strengths in areas such as reasoning and in visual and creative fields.
Is it fair to get help? YES!
There are lots of simple things that you and your teachers can do that will help to make your classroom more dyslexia friendly. It is always fair to get help when you're finding something difficult and everyone needs help sometimes.
Some of the things that might make a difference:
working with a friend
asking your teacher can give you printed notes, instead of copying from the board
use different ways of presenting your information - such as mind maps or movies
more time to think and do your tests
asking if you don't understand
sitting close to the teacher
colour coding information or using visual timetables
clear labelling on your books
bring your own device
Have a think about what works for you and talk to you teacher and parents about how you can use those strategies in your learning.
Check out this cool as video...
Don't forget, you're awesome!
Isley Hermansen wrote to Richard Branson to bring attention to dyslexia and this is her video highlighting all the famous people with dyslexia.
Did you know that James Rallison of the Odd1sOut has dyslexia...he shares some of his experiences in this "My Horibal Spelling" video...
I can do things you cannot and you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things! Mother Teresa
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