My Journey Through Dyslexia by Monique Craine
At the age of six I was called ‘Stupid’ by my teacher for asking how to spell a word; because of that one teacher I never again put my hand up in class. My self-esteem went from bad to worse and by the age of 14 I was told that someone with as little academic ability as me would have no chance of passing any O’ Levels (GCSE equivalents). That due to my poor grasp of English, I would be unlikely to ever be able to get a ‘real’ career or continue with education. I was advised to try to become a waitress by my Careers Advisor and to be honest, my future looked bleak.
Once I was diagnosed with dyslexia I realised that my brain was not broken, that I was not stupid, I realised that my brain just works differently! Once I learned to understand my differences I was able to work to my strengths and suddenly nothing looked impossible!
Skip forward approximately 30 years to today, I am a graduate, I have an Upper Second Class Honours BA Degree in Communication Studies, I have been employed as an English Specialist for a University helping mainstream students with their essay writing and study skills. I have been an elected Borough Councillor; sat on Management Boards, Working Groups, Steering Committees and much more. I have been a School Governor for three different schools, and a Trustee for a number of different Charities. I am also a popular blogger on neuro-diverse differences and am in the process of having my first book published.
If I could impart just one message to others diagnosed as dyslexic it would be to never let others limit their potential and to always work to their strengths!
About the author:
Monique is dyslexic, dyspraxic and autistic, she has been nominated for The National Diversity Awards as a ‘Positive Role Model’ (disability category) and is very positive about being neuro-diverse.