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Young people from Scotland in pioneering new book on dyslexia

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Young people from Scotland in pioneering new book on dyslexia

 
Young people from Scotland responded to our call earlier this year and took part in a book of interviews of 8-18 year olds, talking about the lows and highs of having dyslexia – the first of its kind.

 Dyslexia is my Superpower (Most of the Time), published on September 21 2017 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, looks at what children say they need from the adults who make decisions on their behalf: teachers, politicians, policy-makers and even their parents.

 Dyslexia Scotland CEO Cathy Magee said, “Dyslexic children and young people from across Scotland were delighted to have the opportunity to share their strategies with Margaret Rooke for her new book. The illustrations and interviews they provided show great self-understanding and a positive view of their dyslexia.”

 The children and young adults reveal their ambitions and anxieties, their best experiences and their worst. Many of these young experts dispel what they regard as the myth that dyslexia is purely a learning difficulty. They know their own strengths, yet they are at the mercy of rigid educational systems.

 Elliot, 17, from Stirlingshire, says, “I was always the worst at English, the worst at Maths,” but adds, “Ideas shoot from my head and I come up with out-of-the-blue solutions to problems and difficulties."

 Jamie, 12, from Glasgow, who struggled in the classroom, now volunteers with the organisation DRC Generations. He said, "One of the women I work with couldn’t read or write. She went through school not being able to learn. Now I am teaching her so that she can read books to her grandchildren. I get help for my dyslexia and then I pass help on to her."

While Molly, 16, from Stirlingshire, encourages others with dyslexia, saying, "What you can't do is nothing compared with what you can."

Author Margaret Rooke interviewed more than 100 children and young people from many different countries, to find out whether the adults in their lives were getting it right or terribly wrong.

The book includes top tips on what teachers should and shouldn’t do, imaginative illustrations by the children themselves of what dyslexia feels like, and personal strategies for honing the creative benefits of dyslexia in school and beyond, Dyslexia is my Superpower is an inspiring guide for anyone who wants to hear from the real experts on dyslexia. 

 

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