Thursday, 12 April 2012

Dyslexia. . .

I'm not able to be very bloggy active at the moment.  I haven't abandoned you, there just are not enough hours in my day. I'm spending my spare time helping my Mum to make my Gran's last days more comfortable...

Last night I went to a Dyslexia conference.... It was organised by the local Parent Teachers association. A Doctor came along and explained what Dyslexia was or wasn't... the room was filled with Dyslexic's and Parents of Dyslexic's and Teachers in mainstream school... 
I have mentioned before that I'm dyslexic... for most of my life I was thick, then my thickness got a name of shame (back in the day)...then I just thought "Bugger this - I'm dyslexic,  it's part of my charm... love me and my rotton spelling or don't...your choise... oh and by the way I'm Crap with a CAPITAL C at maths...! It's ok ...I'm only contagious to thouse that love me...."  I also ramble on and on...
Back to the conference...Teachers and Moi (a classroom assitant) and everyone else waited and some of us asked, "What programs can we put in place to 1. detect early (I work with 5year olds - I'm seeing signs) 2. help on a daily basis in conjunction with the "professional" to give these children the skills they need to work around their particular difficulty ?
We got an evasion of the answer.... "The Professionals" (in France) like to hang onto their Guru status...

So this morning, my colleague (the teacher) and I (classroom assistant) changed our approach to some of the children... I spent more time with one child reading aloud the lesson and pronouncing syllables... an exercise that was given, ended with full marks as opposed to 0 when at first I had left the child to do it on her own. Happy exhausted me and more importantly, very happy exhausted child... a good day I think... :) 
Yes there are spelling mistakes in wot I've just ritten....but hey...once upon a time...everyone spelt like a dyslexic...it was normal...until some "Spelling Correctness" fanatics took over the world....  
I'm sharing this with Paint Party Friday...  not my usual "Funn an NonCenCe"... :) xx


19 comments:

peggy gatto said...

me too!
I am always getting it wrong!!!
Feeling stupid.
Your painting is a joy!!!!
Keep creating !!!

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

I hate the whole hanging onto Guru thing... they are a pain in the butt with their egos and lack of sharing... on the bright side we get to share your wonderful approach to the whole experience and enjoy your creative approach to spelling... so much more interesting than normal spelling... where is the fun in that... thinking of you this week...xx

Netty said...

Loving your illustration of dyslexia. Two of my children are dyslexic, but luckily had lots of help and encouragement. Happy PPF and enjoy the weekend, Annette x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

beautiful painting!

NatashaMay said...

I have check spelling turnd on all the time. :) Great post and a beautiful drawing! :)

WrightStuff said...

I think you must be magical in the classroom - good for you.

Giggles said...

There are so many very famous dyslexics! I have one in my family who is a very successful 50 year old. But boy did he suffer as a child! I fell in love with your painting because it spoke to my heart. I think you need to encourage any child who may have dyslexia to find their own true gift!! We all have one! His is humor and finance! Thanks for sharing such authenticity!

Happy ppf!

Hugs Giggles

carlarey said...

Dyslexic spelling is usually perfectly easy to read. They have the good sense to spell words exactly as they sound.

Nice to read about you making a breakthrough with your student, and I love your sweet drawing.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Great combination of image and text!
Lovely colors, too!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

your illustration is so adorable and well done ~ Wow! How did you ever get through college ~ So glad you are trusting yourself with the children and forgetting the 'Gurus' ~ they have big Egos ~ You are a great example of success! Wow! ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

Gloria said...

Lots of famous people are dyslexic, so be proud and eccentric! Not nice of them to give you no answers!

Anne said...

Great illustration, cute and thought provoking! Great post, too! Happy PPF!

Caitlyn (ladyphlogiston) said...

My sister is dyslexic, my brother dysgraphic, and I grew up with selective mutism - thank God for teachers who are willing to put in the extra time to get through the surface problems.

Rhonda ~ Roban Studio said...

I am dyslecix too and it's worse the oleder I get. I used to have a heck of a time with spelling tests and I am horrible at math! Love your post. Very inspiring! Happy PPF! :-)

Rhonda said...

See what I mean? I just read what I posted and realized I spelled older wrong and dyslexic! How embarrassing! Geez.

Diana Evans said...

great piece on Dyslexia.....love the girl character you created Catherine!!! well done!!!!

Ayala Art said...

Sorry you are going through difficult family times.
About the math, I am also so bad, it isn't funny, but that's the way things are and you take it with a bit of sugar :o)
Happy PPF!

Nora CG said...

Beautiful post, just love it!. The paint is gorgeous!!!
Great job and have an amazing day!!!

Kirsty Bartolo said...

lov3 your comment! :) dare to be different ..not always but choice but still different, and different is good and special ;) <3

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