Discovering Dyslexia

This is my comment on this post:  https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2015/08/05/the-journey-of-a-thousand-books-sets-sail/ from Rowena of Beyond the Flow. I thought readers here would appreciate it, too.

The most compelling reading story in my family is my niece Skye. She was struggling with reading and her school was not being very helpful. My sister finally took her to a specialist for evaluation and they discovered that she had a form of inherited dyslexia. My sister was perplexed, as she didn’t know of anyone in our family who was affected. When she told my parents about the diagnosis, my father recognized that Skye had the same problems that he did. At the age of 80, he discovered that the reading difficulties that he had worked around his whole life, without telling anyone about it, were caused by dyslexia! Skye’s older brother with the help of his parents started raising funds for the organization that was aiding Skye to help her access the world of books and Skye took on the project when she was older. It became known as The Paco Project. There is a video on the site telling the story of Skye and her grandfather, whom we call Paco.

As Skye was in her high school years, she became an advocate for dyslexic students in New York City, where she lives, and for other kids who were being marginalized for other reasons. As its final project, The Paco Project raised $25,000 to help NYC kids who needed help with reading. In a few weeks, Skye will start college. She will be studying Early Childhood Education, with an eye to spotting potential reading problems in pre-schoolers, so that they always have the tools they need to succeed. We are all so proud of her and my dad for what they have done to help others.

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Author: Joanne Corey

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8 thoughts on “Discovering Dyslexia”

  1. Very powerful, Joanne, and encouraging. I recently heard the story of another young man whose dyslexia wasn’t diagnosed and the difficulties that caused him before he realized it himself. Knowing that’s made an enormous difference for him. So it’s great to raise awareness about it!

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    1. Unfortunately, many kids – and adults – are labelled slow or stupid or unmotivated because of an underlying learning disability or exposure to toxins or genetic/epigenetic effects. I am so amazed that my dad did so much despite his dyslexia, but I’m sorry for how difficult it was.

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  2. Thanks so much for reblogging my post, Joanne. As someone who loves words, I have quite an interest in dyslexia and enabling everyone to have access to reading and all that offers.
    You have possibly read the posts I have written about receiving sunflower seeds from the crash sight from MH17 in the Ukraine. There were 3 West Australian children who were killed in the crash and the youngest , Otis, had dyslexia. Their parents have since started the Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin Foundation. There is a beautiful story outlining Otis’s journey with dyslexia here. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/the-mo-evie-and-otis-maslin-foundation-20141024-11b3rj.html
    On a personal note, I have had some insight into the world of dyslexia. I have hydrocephalus, which was diagnosed in my mid-twenties and I had a shunt inserted 6 months later. In that time, I found it very difficult to read and straight lines on a page would appear to bend as I had severe nystagmus where my eyes sorts of flickered. My daughter has had a few quirky signs of something not quite being right but has been an excellent reader but words jumping lines and I noticed at 9 she is still doing some numbers back to front. Her room also looks like a bomb went off in it , which can be another indicator.
    Anyway, getting back to the Maslin’s I am hoping to plant the sunflower seeds at our local high school as a tribute to teachers and students who lost their lives in the crash and this could well involve some reference to dyslexia. xx Rowena

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      1. Thanks, Joanne. I thought you’d probably seen those posts but not known the links with dyslexia. I’ve been flat out this week following up from Adam Spencer’s visit and the kids have been home from school a bit and a bit tricky as well but must get back to those sunflowers xx Rowena

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  3. Dear Joanne! I just accidentally bumped into this blog. I am very big fan of ello community and I find your blog post there. I am very happy that I can share with you the first model that removes the dyslexia. I believe the human kind has gone very far with the knowledge about psychology and one of our citizens in Slovenia, figure out how to remove dyslexia, which was only a side product of the first psychologycaly correct model – REI theory.

    Please take a look here, and I will be very glad of any feedbacks!
    https://ello.co/tadejbrunsek/post/LU02EeTZfL0Zti0_JcIB3g

    Tad

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    1. Hi, Tad! Thanks so much for following my blog. I think that ello is great! One of my cousins was actually involved in getting it out to the public. Thank you for the link. I will have to read more about it.

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      1. I can promise you, that If you’re going to work with the method on some pupil, you won’t believe what you will achieve 😉 !

        I just want to share happiness and make a world better place!

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