Parental Support

There are seismic changes going on in the world of dyslexia support now. We are delighted that Richard Branson is launching a global charity on the strengths of dyslexia but we also have Dyslexia Action going into administration. The BDA is providing a lot of support, as the leading Charity in the field, to ensure continuity of the services that parents and adults rely upon for information, assessments and the like. However, it has been upsetting to see so many parents distraught at the sudden interruption to services for their children. Heroes and heroines have emerged in the shape of specialist teachers and psychologists who have continued to assess and tutor children on a voluntary basis in this interim. We must acknowledge and pay tribute to their care and passion to help.

Therefore, it seems good timing this month to focus my blog for adults on the contribution parents make to adults’ success. My research identified that parental support, and later that of other influential adults, was one of the factors enabling success for adult dyslexics. You will hardly find that surprising. What did emerge though was that it was the parents’ role in believing in their child that was critical. Many also quoted that their parent had fought for them to get an education, not many referred to actually being taught by their parents. There is a major interaction for children between parental belief in them and increased self esteem. Then good self esteem and self determination are a powerful combination. A friend of mine commented after reading a bit at the beginning of my book upon her observation of two children growing up. One was dyslexic, the other not. Both were determined, she said, but it was a matter of scale. The dyslexic child showed and had to be so much more determined to succeed. We are, indeed, a super tribe, more determined than most, more creative than the majority. So all we need to do is find a way to get around those pesky problems of the printed word and a few issues with memory!

Parents need confidence too if they are going to demonstrate confidence to their children. The stories and material in “Self Fulfilment for Dyslexia: a Blueprint for Success” are helpful for that. As a young mother with a dyslexic son, I was very worried because I couldn’t see the path ahead. This research gives parents just that, it’s a blueprint you can follow to guide your dyslexic child towards success in life.

By Margaret Malpas MBE, Joint Chair of the BDA.

“Self Fulfilment with Dyslexia”: a blueprint for success” is available through all good bookstores and on line. All royalties have been donated to the BDA.

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