Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling. However unlike a learning disability, intelligence isn’t affected.
It’s estimated up to 1 in every 10 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia. Dyslexia is a lifelong problem that can present challenges on a daily basis, but support is available to improve reading and writing skills and help those with the problem be successful at school and work.
5th – 11th October is Dyslexia Awareness week which will focus on #DyslexiaCreates – looking at the power of dyslexia to create ideas, organisations and society and the invaluable contribution this makes to the UK.
One of our Area Managers, Joe Titley gives us an insight below into how being Dyslexic has impacted his educational and working life and some strategies he has developed that have contributed to his success to date in his field.
“I struggled my way through school, being told that “you’re just not good at spelling” and I got heavily involved in Sport, to try and hide. It wasn’t until Further Education that a tutor pointed out to me, I have all the traits of someone who is Dyslexic. Some Assessments and a screening later it turns out that he was right.
I have found there to be two major strategies that have really helped me deal with my Dyslexia. The biggest one that helps me day to day is to stay organised. I have found that Stress really affects me and I get frustrated at having a “learning impediment’. If I can stay organised and manage my tasks well, I can then avoid feeling overwhelmed and keep my concentration focused to the tasks I find more difficult.
The second strategy I have learned, has been teaching myself to touch type. Learning to type without looking at the keyboard has helped me write at a faster pace. Because thoughts flow freely through my fingertips and onto the screen, bypassing the distraction of hunting for keys or forming letters. I have more time to focus on ideas, proofread for errors and organise information in the most effective manner.”
Thanks so much to Joe for sharing these strategies. Maybe this could be helpful for someone who is in a similar situation to Joe.
For more information about Dyslexia Awareness Week, visit https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/support-us/awareness-events/dyslexia-awareness-week/dyslexia-week-2020