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Dyslexia-Escaping the Forest
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Rhona's book is a heartbreaking story of a child struggling with
dyslexia in the '80s. But more than that, it's the story of a child,
like most children in the '80s, who was almost never listened to or
treated with respect by the adults in her life.
This book will show you what it feels like to have dyslexia, and it
will also show you what it feels like to have the help in exams which
are now routinely given (reader, writer and extra time).
Rhona's compelling story absorbed me from start to finish, and
really showed me what Dyslexia was, and is, like for her.
--Liz Sedley, Creator of Dyslexia GoldRhona's childhood journey gives the reader a fresh perspective
on growing up with the challenge of dyslexia. Her clever, 'inner
monologue' narrative tells her story in a child-centred way, as daily
dramas, vivid imagination and relationship dynamics are shared,
filtered through the different stages of growing up.
For educators, this is a timely reminder of the powerful role we
have in the classroom and our responsibility to enable every single
child in our care to thrive, no matter what their circumstances.
Her story highlights the power of understanding a learning
disability and having the skills and willingness to personalise a
programme to allow a young person to reach their potential. The
more stories that are heard, the better understanding of dyslexia we
will all have.
--Sarah Wakeford, Humanities Teacher (20 years experience),
New Zealand

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