Watch: “Dyslexia is not something that needs to be ‘fixed’”

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month.

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Newsbook.com.mt spoke to Mark Borg whose daughter Krista was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was seven years old. He explained how he and his wife reacted when she was diagnosed… and gives an update on how she is doing now, including how dancing and sports have given her a boost of self-confidence.

(Children with dyslexia) are not lazy… you can’t ask them to try harder or to pay more attention

Mark has nothing but praise for her teachers and dyslexia experts who are helping them along the way but says that making people understand what the condition is all about can be frustrating sometimes.

“You always want educators to realise how difficult it can be for a child with dyslexia,” he said, “They are good at other things and maybe, if our learning processes are a bit different – and the way of teaching is a bit different and creative, maybe we can also address the way that these children understand things in a different way. They are not lazy… you can’t ask them to try harder or to pay more attention, it’s simply them.”