I just ran into an acquaintance from my days of sitting in a waiting room during my daughter’s dyslexia tutoring sessions. (We did that for three years while she moved through the Orton-Gillingham program.) When you are sitting in a room waiting, which you may be doing right now in your life, you get to know people. It was a pleasure to connect again and the first thing she did was ask about Faith. So nice that others are interested in our dyslexia trials and triumphs. Faith recently underwent a group of new cognitive learning tests as a ninth grader. Her last test was in fourth grade and her school felt that she should prepare for college and the SAT and ACT. They also wanted to know specifically, the areas where she might need accommodations. One thing is for sure, she still cannot spell and she still has a crazy time getting through nonsense words (don’t we all) but she has made great strides in some areas. It was nice to learn anew, that strategies do help. But her struggles are not something that she will outgrow either.
I am reminded of this Bruce Jenner quote: “The problem is not insurmountable. Many of these same people credit dyslexia as the secret of their success. “If I wasn’t dyslexic, I probably wouldn’t have won the Games. If I had been a better reader, then that would have come easily, sports would have come easily… and I never would have realized that the way you get ahead in life is hard work.” Something we can all hang our hats on—hard work. And so it goes with this documentary. I just made contact today with an enthusiastic friend to dyslexic families, and with her help, we can finish the filming phase of the documentary and begin editing it! Slow and steady wins the race (or is that just turtle propaganda!) Happy Spring from dyslexiastories.com.