We too are gifted
Here's a letter sent to us from a dyslexic child. A plea for encouragement ...Will she get it?
Can we not be friends?
Dyslexia is a problem in a person's reading ability. Dyslexia people are slow learners or have identification problems of letters like b or d in the first learning step of alphabet. Symptoms of dyslexia are slow reading, slow writing, mis-spelling, short-term memory loss, in-ability to reproduce long passages in a cohesive way. All this gives the victim the label "dull headed student" in the school. The parents of such victims force them to spend more time in studying.
This is done in the hope that their child can cope with the expectations of the society. One cannot blame the child or the parent. The teacher would do well not to affix the dull student label.
Such a label tortures the child and makes him feel that he can never finish anything properly. This thought will surely lead to failure.
The best thing to do is to encourage them and help them in that particular field. This needs the support of outsiders to the parents and from the parents to the students.
It is horrifying that the dyslex afflicted are not accepted by their friends as friends if they do not get good marks. These people try their best to make friends with the "popular people" or "rank holders". But they are least accepted. This only hurts them more making them get even lower marks.
The victims do not get opportunities to improve their natural ability like art, sport, or even singing. A dyslexic may not be able to become a computer engineer or a doctor, but turn out to be a writer or an artist.
Eminent men like Einstein had dyslexia, but did he not come up with complex theories and explain them in such a simple manner? Did he not come up with a different dimension in scientific thinking?
A person with dyslexia only thinks in a different way. This causes problems in learning too many lessons at a time. They use a different style that makes them learn slower.
Those of you with dyslexia, you may feel low. But you have a gift that makes you see everything differently. You can use it. You need help only to find and improve it. Only I know what I am going through. I am also someone like you. May be we can share our handicap and become friends.
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