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A much needed story to explain to children what dyslexia is

A much needed story to explain to children what dyslexia is

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Having dyslexia is a great difficulty. But it is more difficult if our students do not understand what happens to their partner or what it means to have this learning disorder. Therefore, in We propose a very useful story to use as a resource in the classroom and explain to children what dyslexia is. It will also help parents and teachers to reflect on how we can accompany the little one who suffers from this condition. It is a story that seeks to foster children's empathy.

We have a colleague named Tomás, who is getting pure negative marks in the book tests. Also has a hard time doing written assignments or make summaries of the matter. Better not tell them how he writes, because I believe that the hieroglyphs of the Egyptians are clearer than his handwriting. I think he will be in the calligraphy workshop forever.

One day our teacher and a guy from school came to tell us about Tomás. I'm going to be honest, hopefully I listened and understood dyslex ... something, and that's where I got. What were they talking about? I don't know what else they wanted to tell me. Sometimes it is difficult to know what the great ones want. They talk to me about things with strange words, believing that I am a dictionary that knows everything. I was still silent, but I couldn't really know how we could help our partner.

Well, time passed and even Tomás continued with his bad grades. It was already very sad see every day the face of sorrow that he brought with him. Well, I plucked up the courage and wanted to comment to our teacher. She thanked me and told me that she was going to do something about it.

A week passed. We were at recess and it was time to go back to the living room. I realized that Tomás was called and did not go to class with us. But when I entered the classroom, I saw something different. It was full of words and sentences but very strangely written! And next to those phrases were others that were well done. I remember this example:

'JVAm KWite A $ u Kor $ o'. And next to it he said, 'Juan wants his course.'

On the other side it said ... 'Al comrismope is Muy ipomrtanet'. And, next to him, 'The companionship is very important'.

All of our tables were formed in a circle and our teacher was in the center. When we were all seated, the teacher began to speak. Still I remember those words that echoed in my heart:

- Do you see those strange phrases? -he said- Well, that's how Tomás reads. Children, this is dyslexia and that is why our partner finds it difficult to read and write.

The silence was overwhelming. We finally realized why our partner always got failing grades. It was not because he was lazy, but that he had a difficulty and there was something to do. The teacher immediately told us the following:

- Children, that is why we are going to accompany and support our partner. For that to happen, we are going to organize ourselves as follows. You, Carlos, as you are one of his best friends, you will be by his side and you will read him orally everything that we see. So he will listen to your voice and will understand what he reads. You, Max, are going to record all the classes. Then you will give them to me and I will give them to Tomás. Juan and Andrés are going to be part of the work team with Tomás. The only difference is that they will have to work orally, so they will have permission to do their homework outside. And you, José, -he looked at me- are going to be the partner who studies with him in the hours of personal work. They have to be oral, but also, organize their times in no more than 15 minutes. Then they can rest for 10 minutes, but after that time they must go back to work. As you children see, if we organize ourselves in that way, all of us will support Tomás and he will slowly begin to read accordingly.

I will never forget that moment. Not only did I understand Tomás, but I knew how I can help him improve his grades. I wish they would always explain things to us that way, because that way we can understand how to help our friends.


Before finishing, I wanted to propose a reflection. And, for children to understand something as complicated as dyslexia, you have to take time with them. They want to help but we must open ourselves to their world to invite them to. They can do it, you just have to connect and explain it in their language.

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