Surviving Dyslexia – Through the eyes of our students . . .
My name is Julianna and I am a student at Longleaf Academy. I have ADHD and I am also dyslexic. When they figured out that I was dyslexic, I was in the 2nd grade. No one in my family that I know of, is dyslexic. At my old school, they couldn’t help me and I didn’t do well in math, writing, reading and history. Now, I’m good at those subjects! I still have trouble spelling, but I’m getting better. At Longleaf, I’m getting the help I need. Having dyslexia is really hard because learning to read and spell is difficult. I am very smart though, or my teachers say that I wouldn’t be here! I have friends that love and understand my learning differences at this school and I love them too! By Julianna
My name is Patrick. It was hard in elementary school because I have severe dyslexia and dysgraphia. Dyslexia and dysgraphia is when you have a difficult time learning to read and write. When I tried to read, the words were jumbled up and my brain felt like it would explode with words. Dysgraphia is when your brain can’t remember how to write letters and which letters go with which sounds. My handwriting was like forming letters without any fingers. In 2nd grade, the teachers tried to teach me multiplication; why did they do that? I don’t know, but it was horrible. My brain wasn’t ready to process the facts. Dyslexics don’t process words quickly, therefore learning facts is hard. I was not ready for that then. In 3rd grade, I went to another school and I liked it! The teachers at the new school didn’t make me do a lot of math and they didn’t make me take a timed test. They understood better how my brain worked. In 5th grade, some teachers were great, but there was one who was not nice. She never helped me read or write. Now I am at Longleaf Academy. I can read and write better and I’m doing great in math. Now my brain is ready to learn math fact and I can process more quickly now. All the teachers here helped me improve! Patrick