Sydney Dyslexia

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You don’t need to be dyslexic to love that kindergarden

How wonderful and fresh this approach to rearing a child, giving it freedom and trusting them to do the right thing. We have become so conditioned to our fenced-in society that we have forgotten that this used to be the norm. It was for me anyway, until I went to school at age 6. Now I see children as young as five, having anxieties to read and write!? Why would they be subjected and forced at a younger and younger age to sit in classrooms and perform a highly complex task such as literacy.


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A Child’s Inner Voice

Does it happen to you too, that you catch yourself talking harshly to your child without even being aware of it? It almost seems like someone else is speaking – or is it? I sometimes think I am hearing my mother. And I am lucky enough to have a mum who wasn’t bad at all. She was just sometimes tired and irritated – probably repeating the same cycle of parenting that goes back generations. It takes conscious awareness to break this pattern and when our patience is running thin at the end of the day, the subconscious programming takes over.

Dyslexic children have an additional problem in this regard. Being highly sensitive they pick up the slightest moods, thoughts or energetic vibes from their parents. They don’t always interpret them correctly either, as their imagination can blow up any scenario to become a huge drama. My son was one of these highly dramatic individuals. He used to throw himself on the ground for additional effect and even minor issues could become big melt-downs. You know when he changed? – Confidence in himself! It wasn’t the kind of assurance that parents can pass on by talking about the inherent intelligence and capability they notice. That is of course better than telling them the opposite – but still won’t be taken seriously until they have proven to themselves, that they are smart, capable and can astonish the world and themselves. His HSC results were a huge confidence booster, getting into UNI or the course he wanted, being respected by his peers. Sometimes children need help to achieve this level of confidence, with others it comes naturally with time and effort.


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Not the right idea about Dyslexia

I have added this short film here, as I have rarely seen anything less accurate and more misleading or misunderstood. Especially the three categories of dyslexia and how to deal with it boggles my mind. Apparently dyslexics grow out of ‘developmental dyslexia’ and eventually catch up? Those with Trauma Dyslexia are practically lost – and so are children with Primary Dyslexia (apparently those who were genetically ‘afflicted’ with the disability) will never read beyond Year 4? Really? Please don’t take this seriously – there is not one type of dyslexia (if you wish to categorize it, which isn’t really that helpful) that cannot be corrected.