Yesterday I posted a blog about the importance of teaching young children how to use mental imagery for literacy, numeracy, etc; it is the missing link. I had several very negative responses including “we need people to be less ignorant to what being dyslexic means”. The missing link is just a skill that everyone who is good at literacy and numeracy are already using. Is it being ignorant to suggest that every child and parent should know about this?
Every child I have met over the last 10 years diagnosed with Dyslexia, can be easily taught this skill in just a few hours. Am I being ignorant to not offer them this opportunity?
Dyslexia has 2 parts, one is the fabulous skills, the other is the confusion and struggle with literacy. The blog talks about how children have exceptional strengths that they can improve further as they develop mental imagery skills for literacy and release the confusion. It is common knowledge that these are our most creative imaginative young people, whose amazing skills should be cherished. Since never reading a book for pleasure before the age of 40 and missing the whole genre of child literacy is it any wonder I don’t want other children to struggle with the negative part of Dyslexia. When you know something works is it ignorant to not offer it to others?
I spent 50 years doing Dyslexia, with dreadful spelling, poor reading, confusion and never being able to remember anything I read. When I found out I had this essential skill missing I was furious. Since then I have held the space for the 1000s of people to be able to learn new skills, when the teacher understands their exceptional brains; this is not being ignorant. Personally, I cannot live with meeting children who have low self-esteem, are self harming and sometimes suicidal, and withholding this information.
If you want to label me I am still Dyslexic; but that means that I have all the good stuff and have lost the negatives. I can spell, concentrate, read a book in a couple of days, remember it, etc etc and have since written 4 books.
To increase your understanding of this vital area, take a look the information in the original blog and by all means contact me directly to discuss.