Creative Successful Dyslexic: 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories

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We have all seen the posters of well-known individuals who have made their mark in life who also happen to have dyslexia. In recent years these have been added to with material for the digital age, including a YouTube video and a Pinterest board

CSD-book-cover_hi-resSo it comes as no surprise that someone – in this case Margaret Rooke – hit on the idea of collecting first-person testimonies as to what growing up with dyslexia was like, how these individuals overcame their difficulties, and what advice they would pass on to others who suspect they have dyslexia or have been recently diagnosed.

Rooke has chosen wisely. There are creatives, entertainers, entrepreneurs, sportspeople and writers; men and women. If I have any criticism here it is that I would have liked a few more from ethnic minority backgrounds besides Benjamin Zephaniah.

Thought has gone into creating a book that is readily accessible to those with dyslexia: accounts are concise, sentences are short, the font is dyslexia friendly and the line spacing in generous.

 

Common themes emerge, some negative but most positive.

An example of the former is the ignorance and insensitivity shown by some teachers at a time when children with specific learning difficulties were simply dismissed as ‘dumb’ or ‘thick’ and treated accordingly. In some cases this fostered relentless bullying that meant those targeted did everything they could to avoid school.

An example of the latter is the resilience shown by these self-same children who invariably identified what they were good that, focused on it and were supported by loving parents and considerate teachers. It’s encouraging to read how many of the contributing authors credit their success in part to those who recognised they were struggling and went the extra mile to help them succeed.

Rooke says the aim of the book ‘is to reassure anyone with dyslexia and their loved ones – together with any others who do not seem to shine naturally at school in these results-driven days.’ It succeeds admirably. There are also appendices about dyslexia and where to go for further help.

This book would be an excellent addition to any school library, a great gift for a child experiencing self-doubt, a useful resource for planning inclusive assemblies, and a timely reminder for all teachers of what a differences they can make.

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Margaret Rooke – Jessica Kingsley – ISBN: 978-1-84905-653-3

Reviewed by Mick Archer

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This book would be an excellent addition to any school library, a great gift for a child experiencing self-doubt, a useful resource for planning inclusive assemblies, and a timely reminder for all teachers of what a differences they can make.

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