June Kidd, one of our guest speakers at this year’s DYSPLA Festival, discusses her dyslexia and her book Unshriven:
My name is June Kidd and my book, “Unshriven” is a true and factual account of an extraordinary happening in my life. I am a writer with dyslexia who, having completed a course on Imagination, Meditation, and Mind Discipline (Silva Method) was able for the first time in my life to take charge of my butterfly mind, focus my attention, write 100,000 words spanning 300 years in this, my first book (now one of three) and – learn to spell at the age of 40!
So, how best to describe the thinking pattern and potential achievements of the child with dyslexia? First let me make it clear that dyslexia is simply a variation of the normal, as is genius! I liken it to an old fashioned telephone switchboard with wires and plugs that have to connect to order. Most people follow the set rout, making the same connections, over and over and boringly over. Well, with a dyslexic child, although all the wires are there, they don’t automatically make the same connections as the majority.
Despite the constraints of the present educational system, their free-wheeling imaginations will be drawn to, and fascinated by the vast realms of ‘possibilities.’
So many dyslexic people the world over have become highly successful in many spheres and have contributed immensely to the quality of life on this planet.
From these gifted children also come many of our inventors, scientists, inspirational leaders, artists and entrepreneurs. Think of Richard Branson “I wasn’t good at school but I could play cricket, so I didn’t care.” And Jamie Oliver who has created a vast organization built on his love of cooking. Both are dyslexic and both are highly successful – really nice happy guys!
So, what are we doing that dulls the joy in the eyes of a dyslexic child? Are we repeating the largely ineffectual teaching we ourselves received as children? Please do not let what happened to you diminish the happiness from your child’s precious formative years, when they are just starting out on his adventure called Life. Let us, instead, encourage them to enjoy and believe in the magic of the years to come.
Tension makes the eyes less able to focus and so nagging and pressure will be counterproductive and embarrassing! Encouragement is critical, for they are often highly sensitive and easily discouraged if they fail to see any progress from their efforts.
It is frustrating to see that the educational system is still failing to recognize the enormous potential of these children. What a waste! The first essential is diagnosis, then, with enlightened, progressive and sympathetic training, both intuition and visualization and the ability to concentrate, can be developed
My personal experience is proof of this. In my book, “Unshriven” I wrote of my misery at not being able to spell. I loved writing and I had a good imagination but I just couldn’t get the hang of spelling; if in doubt, put another letter in! From my experience I fund that learning to touch type is the answer for most children.
I still can’t do long division (numbers too close together) but when it came to algebra – easy peesy! It’s the telephone switchboard syndrome again.
Now, three books later plus sculpting experience at the Tate, working on a film script and winning a place in a national poetry competition, I know I have the experience to speak with authority when I present my talk at the festival in November:
“YOU CAN’T STOP THE WAVES BUT YOU CAN LEARN TO SURF!”
“Unshriven” available on Amazon, Kindle and Archive Publishing. Please take a look at my website. For reviews, Google: Amazon – June Kidd
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