I wanted to leave a message to advise anyone and everyone to purchase Dawns book Dyslexia – How to Win. After my daughter was diagnosed by Dawn as being Dyslexic I purhcased her book and read it cover to cover. I also purchased her book for teachers and the parent guide. All are easy to read, are very interesting and include relevant case studies and behaviours relating to a dyslexic person and even non dyslexic people (such as myself).
This book allowed me to understand my child completely, like why she brings home the right book to do her homework, but can’t remember which excersises to do. Why she asks me again and again, “Can I wash my hair tonight, Mum?”, why it is hard for her to go to sleep, why she can’t do her homework while I talk to her little sister and why she still can’t spell simple words, especially when she has had a busy day a school.
To say I am grateful that we met and saw Dawn and then read her book would be the biggest understatement of my LIFE..
My daughter is and has always been very obviously intelligent so I no longer am frustrated by these things (mentioned above), as I understand WHY. I now NEVER get angry at homework time, or reading time, or when I am asked questions again and again as I understand the workings of a dyslexic brain as Dawn explains it.
I now know my daughter so well that I am able to go to her school and advise how SHE learns (very different to every other Child in the classroom) so teachers can specifically structure work for her which she understands. She WAS easily the lowest achiever in her classroom (despite her intelligence), but now having met with her teachers and discussed how she learns speicifically, she keeps up, is placed in the middle of her class, and her homework has redically reduced. We have also discovered many many things that she is quite brilliant at, (again in the book), and her teachers have allowed her to teach the class in these areas (you can’t imagine the improvement in self esteem).
The improvement in my whole families life, just by understanding and decreased pressure on my daughter, can NEVER be meassured. The cost of Dawns book in relation is the best spent money ever. (and not very much money at all)
Every school and every household should have one.
A heartfelt THANK YOU Dawn!