More and more individuals are "coming out" about their struggles with dyslexia. Whoopi Goldberg is one of them, as she explains in a recent video. She says, "It was nice to know I wasn't just lazy...and didn't have to explain myself any more."
American astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrassse Tyson, talks about working with fellow scientists who have dyslexia and dyscalculia.
CEO Leana Greene talks about how she was "never good in school" and how she "sees patterns that other people don't see" in a short video about her dyslexia.
As many of you may know, Henry Winkler, actor, writer, and producer, is also dyslexic; in an interview, he discusses his dyslexia and his problems growing up undiagnosed. He says, "Every book I read I have to read in hardcover and it has to be on my shelf so I can see it because every one of them is a triumph."
The point of all these examples is that dyslexia is not a stop sign on success--it is more like a detour that might even take you through beautiful countryside you wouldn't have otherwise seen. Dyslexia doesn't go away, but there are techniques which allow children to master reading. Because reading is so essential in every aspect of our lives, and especially in a school-aged child's life, having access to those techniques is very important. It is also important to have people who understand that dyslexia is not laziness or a refusal to learn. It is a learning disability.
At Windy Row Learning Center in West Peterborough, New Hampshire, we use a multi-sensory approach and age-appropriate methods to help children with dyslexia make the connection between the shapes of letters and their sounds; between groupings of letters and words; and between groupings of words and content. Our tutors are all specially trained and have years of experience with children in kindergarten through grade 10. Please contact us.