Going to school each day is an act of courage

This is why our bright kids with dyslexia often develop anxiety or depression — and dread going to school.

Jessica Spriggs sent this to me as an email, and gave me permission to share it. She wrote: 

I’m very proud of both of my kids, but only Olivia wakes up every day knowing that she will face huge hurdles throughout her school day.

Lately, it has been extremely hard to convince her that going to school is a good idea.

She sits in class feeling defeated because she learns differently than most of her classmates.

She struggles getting through homework.

And even though she studies for tests, she may barely pass a test. She knows the material inside and out, but to apply it in the traditional way seems impossible at times.

Her teachers rave about her huge vocabulary, her poise, her generosity, and her creativity.

But there is always that moment when she feels like giving up.

Maybe it’s when her name is not posted for honor roll because she just could not make A’s and B’s despite hours of studying.

Maybe it’s when she has to think about which hand is her right hand, and she gets confused.

Maybe it’s the overwhelming pressure she feels when she knows she has to take a standardized test soon — and wonders if she can pass on to the next grade.

olivia

She has lots of anxiety, but this girl has gained strength, grit, power, endurance, and most of all, a backbone to handle everything thrown her way.

She is the face of dyslexia, but she will not let it define her!

She will concentrate on the things that make her happy: being kind, sewing, artwork, and public speaking.

4 responses

  1. Is susan Barton and the orrtinhan gilliham the same?

  2. Karla Van Eycke | Reply

    No, the Barton Program and Orton-Gillingham are not the same program.

  3. Frank Treadway | Reply

    Hello, My 18 yr old Grandson, Senior at Red Bluff High School, Red Bluff CA, is going through the same thing, dreading to go to class, sits in the back of the room, does not respond, has received lots of help, but it’s his inability to recall what he’s studied, which I think is dyslexic related. He’s seeing a therapist and may do hypnotherapy. He also has a slight speech halting affect which doesn’t help with the dyslexia.

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