I think most adults hold, at least, a few painful memories of being laughed at when they were children. I remember it clearly: that humiliating sound and how important it was in grade school to try to avoid it. I also remember how quickly tears turned into anger when faced with it.
These slipups, from mixing up a syllable or two to accidentally calling your teacher “Mommy”, are common. But no matter of sympathetic those around you are, they will laugh. But some times this laughter turns into bullying, where hurt is intentional.
While we as children learn to outgrow them, those with dyslexia or other disabilities have it tough. There’s no break from public humiliation.
But right now, in the UK, an awareness movement has stemmed from one brave dyslexic boy’s decision to educate his classmates.
Jacob Heywood faced that same humiliating sound of children laughing at his hard work, and he (with the help of his wise mother) responded with education.
What started off as an education effort for his own class has now spun into a nationwide education effort.
If your child is struggling with how other kids treat them in light of their disorder, this young boy’s story may be a great inspiration for you and your child.
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