Hi, I’ve decided to do a blog every day for advent (well at least try to). These blogs are going to be about various things, some about mental health but also some about other topics. I haven’t planned them yet, so they may be (most definitely will be) rough around the edges. Some may contain trigger warnings; I will say this before the start of the post
Day 5- Dyslexia
There are quite a few disorders, disabilities, and diagnosis’s that you would tend to be diagnosed with when your young rather than in adulthood .For example, asthma, type1 diabetes, ADHD, ASD, and Dyslexia.
However, in some cases, these things aren’t diagnosed when you’re young and you find out about them in adulthood. For me that was the case.
Last year, when I had started my philosophy course up in Liverpool, I had an assessment. This assessment was just to see what DSA could provide me with to help me study with my mental health issues.
However, during this assessment, the lady asked my read some things, and asked my to explain to her how I saw things.
She advised me to get an assessment for Dyslexia, I did, and now I’ve been told that I have it.
This came as shock to me, as I just thought that Dyslexia was something that you get diagnosed with young and that was it.
But when I actually thought about it didn’t seem that shocking.
I was quite bright in primary school but I was slow at reading, it was only when I realised that my twin sister was going to move onto harder books that I worked really hard to try and progress.
In secondary school, however, I was quite mediocre, I worked really hard, but I just couldn’t quite hit what I wanted and a lot of the time what I was predicted.
But, no one thought there was anything wrong. Not long after I got diagnosed with Dyslexia, I spoke to one of my old teachers and told him about it.
He seemed to think that because I wasn’t so far behind and because I was still achieving something, that people didn’t realise.
Although looking back he can kind of see how I am.
I always worked hard on my spellings, as I found it kind of embarrassing to be spelling things wrong. But I do still really struggle, and if I can’t spell something I will just find another word. Which can make my academic writing quite formal.
But the thing I find most difficult is reading, if I try and read things quite often I can focus as I can’t get passed words, or it just all becomes blurry after a while, or I skip things and jump lines.
This was quite a big issue that I had in secondary school with reading texts, it was harder in sixth form, and a massive issue for university.
I didn’t get extra time in any of GCSE or A-level exams because no one knew I needed it. For things like English and philosophy, this would have been helpful as I had texts to read but I just couldn’t read them properly.
I had a great English teacher for GCSE (Mr White if you ever see this then thank you) ,who put me in his top set class even though I was predicted a D. And he helped me to come out with a B at the end of it.
One of the things I enjoyed in school was music, and the practical side was the bit I excelled in. But having to write essays regarding things, again fell foul to not having a good enough vocabulary due to spelling.
I now have help though through technology.
I have programmes on my laptop that can help read academic texts to me. I also have something in there that can help me out with homophones (which is something I really do struggle with, even though I’m determined to always get my there, they’re , and theirs right).
I also know that if I think I require it I can have extra time in the exams, however, I’m used to not having this so I may not need it.
I would really suggest that if anyone is worried or thinks they might have Dyslexia or thinks their child might have it then definitely push to try and get an assessment in school speak to the SENco at the school.
If you’re at uni you can arrange for one at the university, it may cost you money, but it’s worth it.