If you do not know me, you probably don’t know that my daughter lives with dyslexia. Even if you do know me, and know her, you may not know she has dyslexia. Most of the time, she is just happy kid. Teaching her every day is a constant reminder how lucky I am to be able to read and write without a struggle. She also struggles with it when she plays and when following simple instructions like “put the plate to the right of the sink” rather than the left.
However, she can read a map and navigate herself through the forest better than many adults I know. She can tell you what direction (N,S,E,W) you are facing but mixes up her left and right hand.
Her words are scrambled when she reads, and her letters get flipped around; sometimes even with sight words that she should theoretically know by her age. But, there are other words which she has never seen before that are read with ease. It’s amazing. She reminds me constantly of how her unique way of seeing the world should never be seen as disability, but as ability.
She is capable of building things in both the physical and the digital world that would blow some architects away. She began using Minecraft 16 months ago and quickly learned the interface. She has created vast cities and villages with intricately designed buildings, down to the smallest detail. Her large desk is covered in a Lego town which she changes almost daily to accommodate new ideas and “needs” of her Lego villagers.
Tonight, I saw a link to a webpage where someone put together a visual piece of work that shows exactly what someone with dyslexia goes through while trying to comprehend a simple sentence. This gave me the inspiration and opportunity to write a bit about my experience as a homeschool mother to a dyslexic student.
I hope to bring some discussion to this page with others who live with dyslexia or teach dyslexic students. What are your thoughts? What do you do to overcome the struggles? Do you have a difficult time with mathematics as well as reading? How about doing puzzles? My daughter could not do even the simplest puzzles until recently. I’d love to hear from you!