Dyslexic Adults: GET INVOLVED!
Posted by ainemosh
I mentioned in my previous blog about a dyslexia group that I am a member of on Facebook called Dyslexia Help and Support UK. I’m a huge advocate for the group because I have found them to be very friendly, very helpful and very supportive especially (but not exclusively) towards parents in the UK with dyslexic kids.
What I love about the group is that there is no hidden agenda and no advertising. Everyone involved is wanting to support one another. There are a lot of parents just looking for advice on the best way to support their kids through the education system, which can feel like a very daunting task. The great thing about the group are there are specialists in the field on the group as well as many other parents who are going through the same issues and others who have fought their way through the jungle to the other side and are able to support others. It’s such a positive group, I really can’t praise the group enough.
The group isn’t just for parents of dyslexic kids though. There are also many dyslexic adults on the group. And I think this is a very important part of the group so I have tried to get my dyslexic friends involved in the group too. Why? Because dyslexia isn’t a one size fits all. We are all different and perhaps have different areas we struggle with.
I’ll give you an example. I am dyslexic and dyspraxic. I am often asked about assistive technology in the group because it’s something that I have used to support myself through university and still use as a graduate in my day to day life. I use apps that help me with text to speech so I can listen to papers and books when my eyes start to become an issue or if I’m trying to take in information through reading by sight and by sound. I have absolutely no idea about speech to text apps or software though as I have never used it. It isn’t something that helps with MY dyslexia because of my processing speed and speech. However, I have a dyslexic friend who has also signed up to the group. She is not dyspraxic like I am, so we have a variation. She uses speech to text software, so when I am asked for advice, I can pass the query on to someone who has experience of using the technology first hand.
Having people with first hand experience with specific issues related to dyslexia, I think, is key in supporting youngsters in school as well as other adults who perhaps have just been diagnosed. Or support for adults who just want some extra support and weren’t sure where to turn before.
I’d love to see MORE adults getting involved in this way. We are out in the big bad world now without the support of a Learning Support/Student Services/SEN Teacher etc at our back for support, especially with technology such as free apps. Bringing both dyslexic adults and parents with dyslexic kids together I think is a positive thing with shared experiences, as well as having support from experts within the group.
So whether you’re a parent with dyslexic kids or a dyslexic teen or adult that just wants a friendly community there to give some helpful and unbiased support, then check out the group. Sadly it is only for those of you in the UK, but hopefully other models like this will spring up around the world.
Posted on April 27, 2017, in Awareness, Education, Personal Experience and tagged Adults, Dyslexia, Dyslexic, Education, Facebook, Group, Help, Parents, SEN, Social Media, SpLD, Support, UK. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.