Cobblers about Coping with Dyslexia

October 28, 2017

Cobblers about coping with Dyslexia

‘Strength lies in differences, not in similarities’  Stephen L Covey

Today’s parents are much more aware of the vocabulary surrounding dyslexia compared with 20 or more years ago. In the 1990’s, we would have been discussing “What is dyslexia?” Now, the conversation has moved on significantly.

 

“I know my child is dyslexic. I appreciate my child’s strengths and intelligence. How can I come to terms with the fact that others do not see my child as I do?

 

After years of working with parents, I do believe that the answers lie in the courage and strength we find within ourselves. I would like to raise with you some of the key issues which have come up during my conversations with parents. I know it is difficult to remain positive when your child’s experiences may often knock you back. We appear to be searching for solutions in a world where there are no immediate answers.

 

The following story may not appear immediately relevant – but persevere……..

One dark winter’s evening, whilst driving home from a School-Do, I happened to tune into one of those little gems of a programme on Radio 4. A young adult with Asperger’s Syndrome – the high functioning end of ASD – was describing her life. These people tend to be highly intelligent, and yet struggle with the social skills which enable them to function in every-day life. The message she was giving was very clear.

  1. She was very grateful to her parents for giving her the skills to lead an independent life.
  2. She was glad that her parents acknowledged and gave her permission to be Autistic.

That meant being able to come home and jump up and down on her bed, because that was how she let go! Now, every evening, she comes home from her highly paid London job and does the same. Once the door is closed, she can be herself.

 

Now I’m not suggesting for one minute that it is ok to drive everyone at home mad by busting the bed-springs, but for me, this illustrates the dilemma faced by parents of children with an individual need.  How can I help my child to cope with being part of the outside world?

 

And if you get mad – try jumping up and down on the bed – at least you get to laugh at yourself!!!

 

For more ideas, read………………  ‘Cobblers about Guilt’

 

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