It didn't stop her. Amy never gave up and found her own way to combat the problem.
I interviewed Amy and found out some very interesting things about her:
Hello Amy and welcome to our Inspiring Children blog. Would you tell us about a favorite book you read as a child or teen?
As a child I found it very hard to read anything. Not through lack of trying but because of my undiagnosed Dyslexia. I had a few books but they weren’t read much. In the end every week my mum used to buy me a Beano or a Dandy just so I was reading something. When I moved schools, my new school had a weekly reading hour. I read the Animal Ark stories. Not because they were particularly interesting but just because they were easy to read. If I knew, what I knew now I would have chosen large print and read even more. It wasn’t until I was 11/12 years old I found Harry Potter series and I was astounded to find that not only was I following what was going on in the story, I have finally found myself a book I was not able to put down! So thank you J.K. Rowling.
You had a great Mum to get those books for you. J.K. Rowling has inspired may young people to read, glad you were one of them. Tell us about a book that has made an impression on you.
An Inspector Calls. I read it for one of my English classes. It was one of those classes where the teachers reads it aloud to the whole class so all I had to do was follow his spoke words. The story was what it says on the title page. An inspector calls and speaks to a family about their connection to a young woman’s death. The book was only short but it certainly showed me how even the shortest of stories can lead its characters and there for its readers through the twists and turns, making the characters develop in front of your eyes. The ending has stuck with me even though many years has passed making me learn even the most smallest of books can last in the memories of its readers forever.
That's wonderful! Any other experiences you'd like to share with us?
As I explained earlier, I have Dyslexia and sadly it wasn’t picked up by the schools I attended until I was 14, looking at what to take for my GCSEs. Once it was found by some simple tests that I have got Dyslexia, just by knowing I have Dyslexia has helped me build up my confidence. I realize that I wasn’t thick and I understood why words were bouncing around the page. For next year and a bit before I left school there was all sorts of help being offered to get me through my exams. From having extra time, given one to one reading sessions and even an offer of being taken out of the main hall and ether taking my exams with a tutor or sitting in a small class room with others. All made a lot of difference.
Time and time again I have people telling me at fairs and events after discussing with me about my book, The Star Pirate, about how their son’s, daughter’s or even their own dyslexia wasn’t picked up until later in life. Many being picked up on day one of college. It saddens me to think throughout school children have to struggle to being not diagnosed.
There is help out there for those who think they or their children have Dyslexia but sadly not many know who to ask or afraid they would be considered as over reacting but truth is even if it’s just a slight case of dyslexia, it can make a lot of difference in someone’s life.
My aunt had help from her local library so if you live in the UK, it’s worth asking there. Check out the Dyslexia Foundation websites too if you are unsure as they have a test you can do online that’ll take only a few minutes. Or ask your head teacher, class tutor, and college even. Contact the dyslexia foundation as even being just diagnosed makes a lot of difference. It’s best to know earlier rather than later.
I was always creative, came up with character ideas but usually expressed it through art not words. It wasn’t until I started talking to others who has similar difficulties I realized I should not hold back. Now I have written two books for Ebony’s Legacy, one being self-published in November this year, book 2 written and planned to be released next year. I have planned out another series and currently working with a couple for creating another series of children’s books about their very special duck who raises money for charity.
Proof that a little bit of support can go a long way.
I love success stories and yours is definitely right at the top. Dyslexia is a serious hindrance to succeeding in school and in life. Thanks for all the information you gave us.
There are some kids who just hate to read even when there is no outstanding factors preventing them from enjoying books. Any suggestions on how to encourage them to read?
I would stick to what interests the child the most. Either through cooking, air planes, trains, animals or even fan fiction. I used to have a neighbor who’s little lad had slight autism and struggled in his reading and writing but he was a HUGE fan of Doctor Who. He used to spend hours and hours coming up with fan fiction based around the show. The plots the little lad came up with were fantastic!
Also ask local, known and not so well known author/s to come to your or your child’s school. Either by speaking in class, assembly or maybe have a themed class session. I had Michael Morpurgo, who wrote War Horse come to my school once and it was an experience I will never forget. I did a school talk once. I was very nervous but the children’s reactions were fantastic. I was told by the Head how pleased she was to see the quieter students or the students that normally don’t pay attention in class, raise their hand and ask interesting questions at the end of the talk. The talk went over the half hour as planned but I don’t think the children nor were the teachers bothered much as the results were outstanding.
After seeing the results, I am now always up for coming to schools to talk and do class sessions.
Amy, you have been a fantastic guest and I appreciate you stopping by. Let's introduce your book now.
Instead, Ebony imagined her own adventures of sailing the sea, battling strange creatures and saving the people of Ia. Alongside her Mother and Father, as the ‘Defenders of Ia’. What Ebony did not know was that she would soon have her own tales to tell.
One night a Star Bear visited Ebony ...
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