My life with Dyslexia

My life with Dyslexia

Published on 6 May 2021
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00:00
Hi! I'm Antonio and I have Dyslexia.
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This is what it's like to be me....
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Dyslexia
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Dyslexia means a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin.
00:11
Scientists found that my brain is biologically different.
00:13
The left side responds to print less than a typical reader.
00:14
Teachers need to help me use the other parts of my brain to read..
00:18
My brain is working hard!
00:20
I use more of the right side than the left!
00:26
"Children and adults with dyslexia have shown brain differences in both function and structure relative to typically developing readers."
00:34
Most kids I know with dyslexia
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are a lot like me!
00:39
Most of them are boys like me.
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Lots of them have ADHD like me too!
00:45
Like most kids with dyslexia,
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I am pretty good at understanding what I read.
00:49
(My teacher calls that "comprehension.")
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I mainly struggle with word recognition.
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(My teacher calls that "decoding.")
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DYSLEXIA
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I was diagnosed with dyslexia
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in the middle of second grade.
01:08
because I was struggling to read.
01:11
Most kids are diagnosed in 2nd grade or later.
01:18
I have a parent with dyslexia.
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Studies have found that 50% of kids with a parent with dyslexia will also have dyslexia.
01:22
It's hard to say how many school-age kids have dyslexia.
01:24
Some experts say 2% of kids have it and some say as high as 20%!
01:29
I used to absolutely dread reading.
01:31
It was the worst part of my school day.
01:33
(Writing wasn't any better for me, either!)
01:36
My frustration (along with my ADHD), often caused me to act out in class.
01:42
I was so lucky to have teachers that focused on teaching me to read
01:45
and who recognized my struggle to read
01:47
instead of punishing my behavior.
01:49
Their intervention and support means so much
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to kids like me.
01:56
"Children with dyslexia who do not
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receive appropriate services are at
02:00
risk for a large number of
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negative potential outcomes."
02:06
low academic achievement
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poor peer relationships
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adolescent homelessness
02:13
depression
02:15
juvenile delinquency
02:17
substance use/abuse
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Clear legislation is essential for preventing these problems!
02:24
Things you might have heard that aren't always true:
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People that are left-handed are more likely to be Dyslexic.
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People with Dyslexia are less intelligent than people without it.
02:35
People with Dyslexia cannot learn to read.
02:43
Thank you for being a thoughtful, caring teacher
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who is willing to take the time to learn about
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and implement research-based strategies to
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help me succeed!