This post was inspired by a recent BBC 4 documentary about George Gershwin’s Summertime, which is apparently the most covered song of all time. Whilst watching the program I also thought of the Bye Baby Bunting nursery rhyme. Below I will re-word and mash up these two songs to relate why I believe Dr Jim White’s Stress Control course can be extremely useful to individuals with dyslexia. Also Matthew Johnstone’s concept of the Black Dog of depression may make an appearance too.SummertimeAnd the livin’ is stressfulDyslexia is jumpin’And the stress is high Your anxiety’s richAnd your depression’s backward lookingSo hush the ‘If onlys’ and ‘What ifs’ of dyslexiaBye confident and calm personThought’s gone a’hauntingWellbeing’s gone a’meltingPanicky feelings’ gone a’swingingAction’s gone to bring troubleTo wrap the brave and cool person within.Don’t you stress and cryOne of these daysYou’re going to gain control and rise up singingThen you’ll shed those blinkers and see things clearly.But for now meditate, to control your bodyDyslexia can’t harm youWith stress control and wellbeing standing byBye person I want to be Grasshopper thought’s gone a jumpingTo find those blinkers To wrap my confidence inSummertimeAnd the thinkin’ is stressfulGrasshoppers are jump’And the blinkers are highYour stress voice is loudAnd your common sense voice is drowned outSo brush back those blinkersDon’t carry onOne of these 5 challengesYou’re going to combat and rise above the stressingThen you’ll progressively relaxBut till then retrain your breathingWith stress control and wellbeing standing by.Bye happy babyDaddy’s gone a huntingThat black dog skinThat should never wrap his baby within.
Dyslexia Scotland volunteer and member