I was thirty before I was officially diagnosed as being dyslexic .I must say it was a huge relief because it explained so many things .I just wished I had been diagnosed earlier because it would have made life so much easier.

Things I have learnt along the way,

’my golden nuggets’. 

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To be diagnosed as Dyslexic there has to be a significant discrepancy between ability and attainment. How on earth do they assess this ? Cognative profiling. To understand this in any detail it may be helpful to go the BDA Web site www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

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To be diagnosed as Dyslexic there has to be a significant discrepancy between ability and attainment. How on earth do they assess this ? Cognative profiling. To understand this in any detail it may be helpful to go the BDA Web site www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

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To be diagnosed as Dyslexic there has to be a significant discrepancy between ability and attainment. How on earth do they assess this ? Cognative profiling. To understand this in any detail it may be helpful to go the BDA Web site www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

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Metacognition
This is an interesting concept and very much an important turning point in the intellectual development of the dyslexic. I understand it means that the student has learnt how to process information and store it efficiently . Once this stage has been reached a major step has been taken ,especially now we have the internet. Further information on Metacognition Strategies can be found at www.inclusiveschools.org This explains, ‘As students become aware of how they learn ,they will use these processes to efficiently acquire new information and ,consequently ,become an independent thinker’.

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Exam stresses
Fortunately, there are now all sorts of revision technique/memory books .I remember being so burt out at one stage that I went into an exam ,could not remember a thing and just got up and left! . Revision techniques help guard against this and you need several breaks and things that stimulate the brain to avoid this kind of burn out .Lots of helpful tips can be found at www.thestudygurus.com 

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Teaching resources.
Reading can be problematic in the early days but later it is very important not to offend the dyslexic by keeping them on intellectually simple early readers. I like the Oxford Reading Tree collections because the books are fun and exciting and stimulate the readers imagination. I dislike situations where students have to trawl through boring old reading schemes , word perfect, to slowly get to the next stage. This can be a frustrating nightmare for many students and should be avoided .The web site www.homeoxfordowl.co.uk has a selection of interesting beautifully illustrated early readers. For older students I like Barrington Stokes ‘dyslexia friendly ‘collection for older students. www.barringtonstoke.co.uk 

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Further education and Diagnosis of Dyslexia
I remember at one stage during my A levels ( as an undiagnosed dyslexic) I was near to breaking point . A kindly Head of English, who had found me in tears, suggested I might be dyslexic .Unfortunately, I misunderstood the implications of this and thought it meant that I would never be capable of A levels.
In fact, if my dyslexia had been diagnosed , I would have been offered help by a specialist teacher and it would have made my university experience a lot easier and more academically rewarding
When I scraped into University, I filled in the entry form without ticking ‘yes’ for dyslexia .I thought that the University would not have wanted me and withdrawn the place. How wrong I was. If only I had flagged up my problems I would have had the help and support I needed, along with extra time for exams. 

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Be proud to be dyslexic.
If anyone says anything negative its because they are unaware of what Dyslexia is and the implications it has on intellect. Just remember the very long list of intellectual and successful dyslexics .To name a few Richard Branson, Albert Einstein ,Tom Cruise ,Walt Disney, Leonardo da Vinci Google it, the list goes on.  

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The gift of technology
Speech recognition software ,text to speech software ,mind mapping software ,spell checkers designed for automatic checking ,tablets, smart phones and applications. The Dyslexia Association has a useful web site www.dyslexia.uk.net with a section on Assistive Technology. All brilliant and so incredibly helpful .I used to have to look spellings up in a dictionary. What a night mare for someone who has sequencing problems. So make the most of technology. New things are always being developed. 

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