Diagnosing Dyslexia

I don’t very often do personal posts, I am always afraid they might put people off reading my blog, but I wanted to write
about this in the hopes that it may help someone else if they are going through the same
thing.


When I was at school, I had never even heard of dyslexia. I
just thought I was thick. I was put into the bottom sets for Maths and English because I struggled, in particular with numbers and things like putting essays (and also now blog posts) into a
logical order to make sense. (Haha – yeah like this one!). 
As a result I struggled through school and left with only 3 GCSEs. I then worked so hard to try to “fix” that. It wasn’t until I got to University and
post-graduate that it was mentioned that I maybe should be screened for dyslexia. I was just so afraid of the unknown and about what dyslexia might mean in terms of a career. On reflection not dealing with it caused more of a problem. 
I am currently studying Teacher Training, specialising in
Special Educational Needs. The course highlighted once again that I
struggle and it started to affect my self-esteem. I also started to ask myself how on
earth could I help children if I’m struggling myself?  
Times have changed so much since I was at school and special needs like dyslexia and dyscalculia are now recognised and supported, so most of the stigma thankfully has now gone.
Now that I have finally sought help and been screened, I can hopefully get the support I need once I have seen the Educational Psychologist. I wish it had been picked up
years ago. However, as I have left it so late in the year, I have missed out on getting support since September. 
The only advice I can give if you feel the same, is just ask for help. As I have
been told it has nothing at all to do with intelligence, it is just our brains
work differently in processing information that’s all.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? Or how did you find the support you received if you are dyslexic?
  
Lots of love, 
Helen xoxo
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1 Comment

  1. 30th May 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Oh Helen! I think you should be really proud of yourself! 3 GCSEs & moving onto university isn't anything to be sniffed at! You've done amazing & will be a better teacher & role model because of it! xx

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