What is Dyslexia?

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What is Dyslexia?

All of us are uniquely different, and this includes the way we think, learn, and see the world. Dyslexia is a learning difference that doesn’t always sit well with ‘standardised’ teaching approaches. In a society that seems to praise sameness and conformity, standing out can be tough, and can take its toll on confidence and self-efficacy as well as leading to anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Negative experiences from school, work, etc., can lodge themselves into the subconscious to become limiting self-beliefs. This is an area where coaching can provide excellent support.

We become what we are told we are, and I will not tell you that you are ‘learning disabled’ or a problem to be fixed but show you how you are potential to be developed and shine. My post-graduate research explored the co-existence of specific learning differences, such as dyslexia, with depression and anxiety. I used my findings to develop an approach that focuses on the positive and powerful abilities of dyslexic individuals and supporting them in seeing themselves from a different and positive perspective. As a coaching psychologist, I understand that your dyslexia is unique to you., so, my approach is flexible with sessions personalised to you and your goals.

Working together to develop your personal, positive image and tailored tool-kit.

With the right strategies and support put in place, dyslexia can be the springboard of great experiences and achievements. The strengths, abilities, and important contributions of this unique way of seeing and processing information and the world can be exceptional and advantageous. It took a dyslexic mind to invent the lightbulb (Thomas Edison) or to conceive the theories of relativity (Albert Einstein).

I do not believe dyslexia is a problem, disability or disadvantage. I see it as a strength and an advantage. I will work with you in a pro-creative way to help you reframe who you are, explore your true strengths, encourage the exploration of new possibilities, set manageable and achievable goals and develop a personal tool-kit of strategies.

I will also bring my own experiential learning to my practice as I am gifted with dyslexia and dyspraxia J. I harnessed and used my unique approach to attain high educational results and did this, not in spite of dyslexia, but because of it!

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