As we approach the end of Dyslexia Awareness Week, I have been reflecting on my experience of coaching people with Dyslexia. So often they have been dealing with the legacy of messages they got from school – and, in some cases family members. Negative labels that have led to long-held negative beliefs about themselves and their abilities. So, the theme chosen by the British Dyslexia Association for this week is such a great choice – ‘Positive about Dyslexia’!
I’ve worked with people who, at the start of their coaching, have felt ‘lazy’, ‘thick’ and ‘useless’ – because that is what they had been led to believe they are. And, one man in his 30’s recently diagnosed with Dyslexia said it had felt like ‘a bombshell’ and wondered what the future would now hold for him. At the end of their coaching, people have described how they have felt ‘alive’, ‘liberated’ and ‘more positive’ about their Dyslexia, their strengths and opportunities ahead.
Key tips: understand Dyslexia for what it is; recognise what you are good at; play to your strengths; and, use these to develop strategies for those things you find difficult or challenging.
Hear about the experience of a well-known person: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OZyXZ__5TU
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