How To Press Reset On Dyslexia & Win

July 1, 2014  |  

Welcome to our weekly column, Reset. Written by Karen Taylor Bass, this column, published each Tuesday, is about life lessons learned and mastered mentally, spiritually, and physically and how they contribute to a successful life and career.

Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Cruise, and Danny Glover, Tom Hanks and Yvelette Stines all have dyslexia. In fact, 1 in 5 children have dyslexia. It’s common and often undiagnosed until we get older.

People suffering from the learning disability dyslexia typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence. Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia are difficulty with spelling, phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds), and/or rapid visual-verbal responding.

According to Yvelette Stines, published author, teacher and blogger, dyslexia is simply a different way of learning. “Many people call it a disability, I call it an ability to learn a different way and accept it. Being dyslexic means you have to be creative, because you learn and process differently with the mind. Some folks are genius in math and others have a strong passion for foreign language. I am dyslexic and proud of all that I’ve accomplished thus far.”

Yvelette learned she was dyslexic in ninth grade. After failing several spelling test while acing the vocabulary part of the tests, her teachers noticed a pattern.  Although, it was challenging and shocking for her parents in the beginning, the family accepted the diagnosis, introduced a tutor into the mix and learned how to cope and press RESET on dyslexia.

MadameNoire: There are many symptoms as it relates to dyslexia however we focus on the spelling and reading. What else should we be aware of?
Yvelette Stines: Dyslexia has many symptoms coupled with behavioral issues. It’s not like most diseases where I can tell you five symptoms; there is a laundry list. I will tell you that most people know that something is out of order before being diagnosed.

MN: What are some of the resources for managing dyslexia?
YS:   Get this book – The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald B. Davis. This book helped me to understand my challenges and gifts. Also, if you have children with dyslexia, I encourage you to hire a tutor to help them learn reading and math techniques.

MN: What happened that made you press RESET?
YS: My life reached a period of darkness because I was afraid to live. I always wanted to write however felt that I couldn’t because of dyslexia. Therefore, I pursued a career in law because it was safe, at least I thought. I had to leave law school because I wasn’t doing well taking tests and the workload was intense.  When I left school, it felt like my life was ending, but it was just beginning.

MN: How did you press RESET?
YS: I started to pray and declare my intention to write, journal, blog and live my truth. When you have dyslexia it’s challenging to write however I make it my business to take my time and get ideas out.  Also, I created a target list of what I wanted to accomplish with my writing and pursued it as if my life depended on it.

MN: What were some of the items on your target list?
YS: My writing was not on point in the early stage. However, I kept trying and started writing for a local Detroit paper for free. Then one thing led to the next and my byline appeared in a glossy magazine. I got the guts to create a blog, Calming Corners, and then I really felt like a rock star when I published a children’s book, Vernon The Vegetable Man.

MN: What are your tips for those living with dyslexia?
YS:  Life is too short to care about what others think, so master you. My tips are:  Be open; stay patient; go to your local dyslexic organization for a referral for help; visit the library and research; don’t give up and stay encouraged. Always remember, people with dyslexia think in a completely different way.

Reset on Dyslexia: Don’t give up on living your real passion. Start writing and journal for 10 minutes each day to tap into your happiness. When you accept your challenges, it becomes easier to accomplish small goals.

 Karen Taylor Bass is a best-selling author, PR Expert and understands that life only gets better when you press RESET. Follow her @thebrandnewmom

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