October is National Dyslexia Awareness month, so there will be several posts this month dedicated to understanding this learning disability. Today I have interviewed a client that is an adult that has suffered from Dyslexia and what her experience was a result. Her name is Renee Love and she enlisted my services about a year ago to help increase her reading level.
Skyping Reading Tutor: What was your first experience you remember with reading?
Renee: My grandmother reading Rumplestiltsken. I remember being fascinated with the idea of spinning gold.
Skyping Reading Tutor: Were you read to a lot as a child?
Renee: Yes, I Remember being read to fairly regularly by lots of different people.
Skyping Reading Tutor: When was the first time you knew something was different?
Renee: I was reading with my grandmother and it seemed like I was understanding everything. I remember her asking me to continue reading a sentence over and over again. I didn’t understand why she kept having me reread it. I thought that I was reading it correctly. She kept telling me that I was reading was as saw. I kept thinking, why would I do that.
Skyping Reading Tutor: How did your experiences effect you?
Renee: When It was explained to me that I was dyslexic I was relieved that there was a reason. At the same time a lot of people assumed I had more limitations than I actually did.
Skyping Reading Tutor: How did dyslexia affect your overall school experiences?
Renee: It really made school miserable. I was constantly teased and felt singled out a lot because they would put me in special reading classes. It didn’t seem that people really understood what the problem was and what my limitations actually were.
Skyping Reading Tutor: You graduated from high school and got a masters. How were you able to accomplish that?
Renee: Belief that I was intelligent enough and a lot of late nights. Some very cooperative and helpful teachers also guided me through my studies.
Skyping Reading Tutor: What was your experience online like with the Skyping reading tutor?
Renee: Amazing, enlightening, and extremely helpful. She found what I needed to improve on and helped give me the confidence to discover things that I didn’t know I could do.
Skyping Reading Tutor: What would you like to say to kids who are struggling with this today?
Renee: You are not alone and don’t get discouraged there is still lots you can do.
Skyping Reading Tutor: What is some advice that you have for parents that are going through this with their child?
Renee’s mom: Patience and continue to have a positive attitude and praise. Still read to them.
Renee: My mom made herself available consistently to get through material. Recognize that it is not your child’s fault. It needs to be dealt with in the best manner possible.
Today Renee has focused on what her talents are and shares them with the world. The picture that you see above is a water color painting she did of my children. You can check out her work at http://reneelovepaints.weebly.com/. She is also going to be illustrating the cover of my new book 31 Days to a Become a Better Reader. Just because Renee has dyslexia does not mean that she is not a very accomplished woman. She has a bubbly personality and has a unique talent to capture people’s essence through her painting.