Make Dyslexia work for your Child

“It’s important to look back and see how far you’ve come.  In fourth grade there were things I couldn’t do as well as other kids, but now, as a seventh grader, I can do most of them just as well as everyone else—sometimes even better.”     - A student with dyslexiaHow True! Very few students with dyslexia can say what the above child has said.I believe dyslexia to be a type of mind, and not a disability. I have been working with these students for more than a decade now and till date I haven’t seen anything that I can call a disability in these students. Yes, there are areas they have difficulties with, but with the right support and understanding, they overcome these difficulties and move along with everyone, with more gusto. They learn to work hard, very hard. And in the long run, it gives them a serious advantage over other children who didn’t have to overcome similar hardships. They start carrying a repertoire of strategies with them that they know will work for them; they know which tool they need to deal with the upcoming reading or writing or mathematical task in school or at home. They surprise their teachers, making them wonder if they are the same students who couldn’t read or write or look people in the eye in grades two or three.So, what works for these children? Who helps them? Where do they get their confidence from?While the teachers play an important role in the school, it is undoubtedly the parents who make the real difference. Parents, who learn toaccept, accommodate and advocate for their child’s learning challenges, are the ones who give confidence to their children, who make them believe in their abilities. They can then proudly talk about theirs and their child’s efforts that levels the field for them and challenge the word ‘disability’. It’s not only charity, it is confidence building too that starts at home.Unfortunately, not all of our students who struggle get the support from the adults around them. Some of us do not understand these children’s unique style of dealing with academics especially in the primary school years, which is where it should all start.So, let’s open up our minds and make it for the children, who are silently and, probably unknowingly, crying for help.  Let’s make it for our children who are unable to cope with pre-defined expectations from their parents and school systems.Is your child struggling at school? Concerned but not sure who to ask? Ask your questions on our chat session on 15 Oct at 12 noon. Reena Gupta, founder of and an experienced clinical psychologist, will be conducting the chat. Please sign up at to attend - this chat will focus specially on learning difficulties faced by children in the 5-10 year age group.