Dyslexia can be a frustrating and self-esteem diminishing condition for those who live with it – especially when it hasn’t been diagnosed.
One 10-year-old girl has managed to sum up the misconceptions surrounding those with dyslexia, as well as the truth, in a powerful and “brilliant” poem.
UK grade six teacher Jane Broadis shared the poem her student wrote, titled ‘Dyslexia’, on Twitter, where it was liked and retweeted by tens of thousands of people.
The poem is a palindrome, which means that it can be read forward or backwards, line by line.
I am stupid
No one would ever say
I have a talent for words
I was meant to be great
That is wrong
I am a failure
No one would ever convince me
I can make it in life.
Now read up.
Broadis said she was “stunned” by the 10-year-old’s clever way of presenting two perspectives.
The first is a negative view many people living with dyslexia will relate to having held at one time or another. And then, read backwards, it offers a mantra of self-belief.
Today in Y6 we looked at poems that could be read forwards & backwards. I was stunned by this one written by one of my 10 year olds. Please share – I would love her work to be appreciated further afield. I wonder if it could even find a publisher? pic.twitter.com/tmEQpiRrhq
— Jane Broadis (@Jb5Jane) February 27, 2019
A palindrome is also the perfect way to present the message because those with the learning difference have trouble reading, writing, and spelling as words can appear jumbled or hard to discern.
On Twitter, the poem, whose author is known only as “AO”, received widespread praise, including from those with dyslexia.
Many expressed that they wished they could have read a similar poem or had a similar teacher when they were at school.
That’s brilliant. You sound like a great teacher too. The encouragement and confidence you give her now, she will remember for the rest of her life.
— Toby larone (@tobylarone1) February 27, 2019