Let Your Story be Heard
If you know someone who struggles to learn to read and write through traditional methods, or perhaps this applies to you, your story needs to be heard. Stories shared in my first book bring hope and encouragement as readers see the bigger picture of true intelligence. Only in school is intelligence defined primarily by how quickly and easily we process print. Many dyslexics don't recognize their amazing strengths until their unique "outside-the-box" thinking, problem-solving skills, or strong visual-spatial skills are in demand in the workforce. Before this, so many walk around feeling like they just can't measure up to their peers. And this thinking leads to all kinds of coping strategies. Many fight through and eventually soar, and many give in to the feelings of inferiority. All need someone to believe in them and help them discover what they can do well.
How can we make a difference?
I am beginning to write a children's version for my book, What's RIGHT with Me? Hope for the Dyslexic. Just like my first book is based around stories of dyslexia, new writing projects are based around real stories, hopefully including your's. I am in need of more real life examples to help readers get a better grasp of what dyslexia looks like. Writing projects include:
- Fictional story - main character's dyslexia giving him an amazing creativity while struggling day to day in the classroom.
- A conglomeration of short stories similar to Chicken Soup for the Soul, except stories of those with dyslexia or other learning differences.
- Blogging for the purpose of bringing awareness and encouragement.
Sharing your experiences when dealing with dyslexia can help others. Many have shared how alone and different they feel. The stories I've heard evoke a whole gamut of emotions, from pride when discovering strengths, to anger and frustration for being wrongly labeled or misunderstood. Sharing glimpses into your dyslexia and its affect on your life may be included in one of my writing projects, all with the goal of bringing better understanding to the amazing way the dyslexic thinks and learns. Incidents you may wish to share include:
- Experiences in the classroom - positive and negative
- Opportunities where strengths were highlighted over learning issues
- Funny incidents that showcase common dyslexic traits (ie. word bobbles, directionality struggles)
You can find examples of others who shared in my first book, What's RIGHT with Me?. That may be your starting point. But you don't have to wait to tell your story. Get started now by filling in the information below. I will contact you if I need more information. Also, you will be contacted if anything you share will be part of a published project. Thanks in advance for helping me get this important message out!