Emily Skyrm, Dyslexia
How would you explain dyslexia to a child?
Having dyslexia is like trying to solve a puzzle everyone knows the answer to except for you.
What would you want the world to know about dyslexia?
I wish everyone knew that even though I don’t know how to spell easy words right or can’t read every word put in front of me — I’m still smart, creative and worthy of love and respect.
What does it feel like to live with dyslexia?
When I was young, I struggled to do what seemed to come so easily to other kids. I was laughed at for reading easy words wrong. I felt ashamed and dumb. It took me a long long time to realize that I actually am smart and have great ideas. I’m so proud of the way my brain works now and I know it’s what makes me the creative person I am.
What brings you joy?
Believe it not, my favorite things to do are read and write. Being creative with words makes me so happy. I love the way my brain puts ideas together - because of the different way I see language. I sometimes read two books a month because I enjoy detailed stories you can only find in books.