"Dyslexia is like when you lose one of your senses and then your other senses grow stronger."
“I knew something was wrong when I was the only student pulled out of my 1st grade class to work on reading. I cried under my desk because I couldn’t do well.
In 2nd grade, I left public school to attend a private school for students with dyslexia. It felt good to be among people like me. I felt more supported. The students are really smart. Some have even built computers by themselves. We celebrate our differences.
A lot of my teachers are dyslexic too. They know what we are going through. They teach with repetition. We put on costumes, reenact historical battles outside, learn by singing, playing games, and watching movies. Basically, we use demonstrations to learn. My Mom calls it unstructured structure.
My school also brings in famous people who are dyslexic to show us that we can be what we want to be, even with this difference.
My science teacher got me interested in music. He has a piano in his class. He sang songs about the content we were learning, like photosynthesis and the atmosphere.
I play the guitar, bass, drums and a bit of piano. I sightread music. Tablature is easy, but scales and theorems are still difficult for me. Because I’m an auditory learner, if I can hear it long enough, I can play it.
I just finished 9th grade. I’m transferring to another private school for 10th grade as a transition to get ready for the ‘real world’. It’s a college preparatory school with lots of discussions and socratic seminars. It’s a push to prepare me for college when accommodations aren't necessarily built into my day.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a race car driver. Now I want to be a musician or work with animals. Last year, I did an awesome internship at the Australian Zoo and worked with tigers and kangaroos.
The best part of being dyslexic is understanding different things in different ways. Sometimes, when I say something to my Dad, he replies, ‘I can’t even fathom that.’
Dyslexia is like when you lose one of your senses and then your other senses grow stronger. If you go blind, you hear better. If you can’t read well, you can play an instrument by ear or paint better.
We all need help. People just need it in different ways.”