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My Experiences as a Mum and Wife of Dyslexics

Dyslexia and Me | Trials and Triumphs: The Dyslexic Experience

on April 4, 2014

A great idea here from another dyslexia blogger to raise awareness of the related condition – Irlen Syndrome (or Visual Stress).  Screening for this seems to be fairly common in schools now, and many children are given coloured overlays (and some like my daughter and husband also have coloured glasses), but worryingly they seem to think of it as dyslexia and not a separate difficulty.

This is something else I blog about and is an issue close to my heart and that of my good friend, Celia Stone (who, as well as being one of the creators of Beat Dyslexia and Beat Dyscalculia is a Director of the Irlen Institute)

Dyslexia and Me | Trials and Triumphs: The Dyslexic Experience.

5 responses to “Dyslexia and Me | Trials and Triumphs: The Dyslexic Experience

  1. ainemosh says:

    Thank you so much for sharing🙂

  2. Teaching-Annie says:

    Thanks for the information. I am going to try color overlays for my husband. Annie does not appear to have trouble with this as she often reads from the computer screens.

    • Lisa Kendrick says:

      It might still be worth getting her checked. I would never have said that I’d had any problems with reading etc, but I now wear Irlen lenses because I’ve always had problems with bright sunlight, migraines etc, and I find reading with them much more comfortable, particularly on screen – I hadn’t even realised that I had a problem with this, but always used to print things out to read if possible…..

      The good news is that there are lots of options nowadays – there are programmes that will tint the background for you and you can even get overlays for screens! And my daughter is going to a High School that takes all this seriously and will give her coloured notebooks etc to use.

      Did you know that Holly Willoughby has her scripts printed on coloured paper to make them easier for her to read?!

      • Teaching-Annie says:

        Dear Lisa,
        Thanks for all this information. As I read your reply, I notice the symptoms you describe are exactly those of my husband, but I am also going to check it out with Annie.

        That is why I created my blog. I often meet college students who ask if they can print on color paper. Of course, our college is unable to accommodate them.

        I am also in the process of writing a book about Annie. The book entails how we discovered Annie’s dyslexia, but also how people like you gave me information and support to innovate teaching methods for Annie. I did not know that about Holly Willoughby, and thanks so much again.

  3. Elissa says:

    I’m glad you’ve mentioned this issue – it affects so many people, and often in different ways (even within the one family). I wish more people knew about it. I am an Irlen Screener and high school teacher in Australia trying to raise awareness of this issue myself – maybe you’d like to check out my blog post:

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