My childhood was hard, I struggled at primary school and was very unhappy. Teacher gave me labels like lazy, stupid and rather then giving me extra help to learn. I was punished, shouted at in class and made to stand in the corridor during lessons. Other children in my class did not want to play with me, I was seen as a trouble maker and they wanted to stay away from me.
Dyslexia was unheard about in working class 1980's schools, like the one I attended. I had no idea that maybe I was not the problem. That instead I had a learning difficulty and the teachers needed to teach me in a different way. I feel if someone had told me I was dyslexic it would have helped me understand and feel better about myself. My little girl is now dyslexic, I try to be as open and honest about dyslexia with her, so she does not feel the way I did.
We want to protect our children more than anything. To give them a happy childhood, filled with joy and wonderful experiences. Yet real life is not like that, it can sometimes be difficult. Sometimes children will experience things that make them feel sad, angry and frustrated.
As the parent, carer of a dyslexic child it can be confusing, if you should tell your child that they are dyslexic. Concerned that this label may affect the child's confidence. I believe it is best to tell a child that they have dyslexia. Withholding the truth can make it seem that to be dyslexic is shameful, something to be kept secret. If the child can understand that they are struggling due to a learning difficulty. It can help to remove self-blame, making the child more likely to seek help when they need it.
Parent's, carers cannot protect children from real life, from the truth. Instead children should be taught resilience and helped to build self-confidence. This will help them deal with lives challenges better. Help them grow-up to be independent, confident adults. Learn more see, "Top 10 Raise A Happy Dyslexic Child".
Dyslexia can be a super-power, many famous, successful people are dyslexic. Many feel that being dyslexia means that they think differently to other people and their success is due to this.
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