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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month: From a Mom's Perspective. Plus, Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month: From a Mom's Perspective. Plus, Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card

My 8-year old son was diagnosed with dyslexia a few months ago. He doesn't like to talk about it and he doesn't tell anyone else he has it. So I don't usually either. However, it's Dyslexia Awareness Month and I believe that the more who know about it, the more kids we can help. Plus, I tell my son all the time how proud I am of him, and I hope that one day he'll be proud of all that he is too.

Read on to find out more, and enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card to spend on someone you love!

My son makes friends everywhere he goes. He is kind and generous to everyone he meets. His smile is contagious. He also happens to have dyslexia. 

We suspected that there was something going on a few years ago. It was more than he was having trouble reading. It's that he tried so hard and still struggled. Despite any improvements he was making, he was still falling farther and farther behind. Even when we gave him all the tools to learn, his brain just couldn’t put it together.

The diagnosis was actually a relief. No one’s happy to be told that their child has a learning disability. It broke my heart to hear someone tell me there was something wrong. However, seeing the tears in my son’s eyes while he tried to sound out words and sentences was already breaking my heart. This diagnosis would finally get him the help he needed to set him on a path to success.

In the last few months, I’ve tried to educate myself on dyslexia, and have found there are so many misconceptions about it. Some people think dyslexia means you just write letters backward; or that kids with dyslexia have low intelligence, have problems with vision, or just don’t try hard enough. But I’ve learned that none of those are right.

Dyslexia means that my son’s brain processes information differently than most people. He has to work extra hard to do what comes naturally to others, especially reading, writing and spelling. Using specific evidence-based reading programs, he can learn strategies on how to overcome many of the challenges, but he will never completely outgrow it. Dyslexia can vary to different degrees, but experts say that between 5-20% of the population has some form of it.

Because of how the brain works, many people with dyslexia tend to have incredible strengths too. My son is both innovative and resourceful - he can spend hours with cardboard and a roll of tape and turn it into something unique. In fact, some of the most famous storytellers, entrepreneurs, inventors and out-of-the-box thinkers even credit dyslexia for helping make them successful. People like Steven Spielberg, Richard Branson, Octavia Spencer, and Jamie Oliver are all dyslexic. Many believe that some of the world’s biggest game-changers had it too, including: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Pablo Picasso, and possibly even Albert Einstein.

You can find more info about dyslexia and other learning challenges on Understood.org. I highly recommend trying the simulations to see what it’s like for kids who have reading, attention, or other issues. Check them out here.

How does someone in your family (or yourself!) make you proud? Tell us for the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card to spend on someone deserving.

There are three ways to enter:

  1. Comment below and tell us about how a person you know makes you proud.
  2. Tweet about the giveaway: Click HERE to Tweet: “Proud to support #DyslexiaAwarenessMonth! Find out more and enter to win an Amazon gift card in the @SheSpeaksUp #giveaway bit.ly/2Ct5WMM"
  3. Join the discussion: Click HERE to comment on strategies you've learned to help kids who are struggling.

 

*One lucky Tweeter or commenter on this page or the discussion board will be chosen at random to receive a $25 gift card to Amazon. Giveaway is open through November 11th, 2018 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

 

Update: Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to winner, SheSpeaks member karebear13.

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  • tknerrer By tknerrer
    10.24.18  

    I am so very proud of my niece. We had doubts along the way but continued to show support, love, and patience for a troubled young lady that just needed someone to believe in her. Despite her troubled childhood and estrangement from her parents, she has grown into an intelligent, responsible adult. She is currently working on her Master's Degree in Finance.

  • davisjodie By davisjodie
    10.24.18  

    My friend dedicates her life to helping immigrants and refugees settle in America.

  • prothumia By prothumia
    10.24.18  

    I?m proud of my brave family that does not shrink from protesting against what is wrong.

  • twinkieluv By twinkieluv
    10.24.18  

    shes dependable

  • buzymum By buzymum
    10.24.18  

    Proud of my kids...they all work hard and are caring adults.

  • davisesq212 By davisesq212
    10.24.18  

    My mom make me so proud because she is one of the most compassionate people I know.

  • wabbit By wabbit
    10.24.18  

    I am so proud of my husband, he is so skilled and works very hard yet when he comes home he tries to make time to play with the kids, spend time with me, and work on his ?at home work.? He shows us how much he loves us through his actions and priorities.

  • mrsanna522 By mrsanna522
    10.24.18  

    My sister makes me proud because she is hard-working, supportive, and has overcome many different obstacles to be the beautiful young woman she is today.

  • jalapenomama By jalapenomama
    10.24.18  

    My birth daughter makes me so proud. She is a terrific mother to two lovely girls, works full time and is the best person possible! thank you

  • jalapenomama By jalapenomama
    10.24.18  

    Tweeted https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/1055249160402821120

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