March 2015

25th Mar 2015

Welcome to my first blog. If you are reading this, you probably know someone who is Dyslexic or maybe even asking questions about your child’s learning. Let me share with you about my journey.

I am a teacher and mother of two boys aged 10 and 13. I have been a teacher for 24 years and have a Bachelor in Teaching (Primary), Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and qualifications in teaching Japanese. I have taught Preschool to Year 7 and have worked in Preschools/schools in Adelaide, Queensland and New Zealand. I have also taught adults in the field of Japanese and Education at a University level, as well as tutoring Dyslexic students.

My youngest son was diagnosed when he was 8 years of age, after years of struggling to progress in his reading. That is when I first started immersing myself in finding out about Dyslexia and the resources available. My husband, who is a Web designer and I then developed this website, as we saw the need to help support families like us. Being a teacher myself, I also saw the need to provide resources and information to teachers to educate and support them.

Then recently my eldest son, who is 13, was assessed as having Dyslexia too. It came as a shock, as he was so different in many ways to my youngest. He had always done okay at school, but he was below in his spelling in Year 7. I then began asking questions and a part of me wondered whether he was Dyslexic too.

He did not have any of the characteristics of my other son’s Dyslexia. He liked reading and his spelling was okay. He could confidently reel of facts about subjects he was interested in, so it never occurred to me in the past that he was falling behind. But I organised to have him assessed anyway and then I would know either way. It would also provide me with some answers and give him some strategies to support him, as he was heading into high school.

It is quite interesting to see how different my children are in relation to their Dyslexia and the support they require. I therefore encourage you to ask lots of questions if you have concerns about your child’s learning. Keep asking until you get answers because like me you want to do everything you can to help your child.

Bye for now,