My talent as a child was making things, I was at my happiest when I had scissors and sellotape in hand. I made birthday cards, presents for my family and my gifts were always greeted with a big smile. I found school hard, being dyslexic I struggled with reading and writing. In those days school gave no extra support, instead labelling me lazy, naughty.
At home I was lucky, my family focused on what I was good at. They encouraged the creative side of me, giving me lots of praise, telling me how clever I was at making things. This followed me through life. I went on to do an art degree and then became an art teacher.
Like me, my little girl struggles at school with reading, writing, yet she excels in art. The teachers give her gold stars for her paintings, a great confidence boost. We talk about her future, that being good at art means she can do jobs such as becoming an architect. This makes her feel happy, that she has a bright future ahead.
Extraordinary Jobs Check-in Card
The Mooki Cards contain a “Extraordinary Jobs” card. To help dyslexic children recognise their skills and talents. Understanding what jobs they would be great at doing. Use the card below on your phone or tablet for free!
Studying creative subjects such as art, design tends to attract more dyslexic children. The dyslexic brain thinks better in pictures, stories, in 3D models. So a dyslexic child may find themselves doing better when learning these subjects.
Struggling to read and write, a dyslexic child may find it easier to ask questions and speak answers. They may need to interact more with their peers, teachers, parents to get the extra help they need. This means they learn to become great talkers and communicators.
Surrounded by a confusing world of rules and order, a dyslexic child may struggle to fit in. Instead they will find ways to make things work for them. Inventing their own games, stories, finding tricks, creative solutions too problems.
Dyslexic children feel emotions more, making more them sensitive to their environment. So they may enjoy music, wanting to dance, sing along, or may prefer moving by playing sports.