How I learnt to cope with dyslexia

THE word “dyslexia” comes from Greek: “dys” meaning “bad, abnormal, difficult” and “lexis” meaning “word”.

Medically, dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that impairs one’s ability to read. In its subtle form, a dyslexic may have no apparent difficulty in reading but his spelling will be almost always defective.

I am dyslexic, though I coped well academically. I discovered I was dyslexic only at the age of 28 as I watched a psychologist testing a Grade 10 schoolgirl in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The simple words she had difficulty spelling, I too was uncertain about.

My education was somewhat unusual. I attended a Chinese-medium school for nine years, from Primary 1 to Secondary 4 (I skipped a year since I was given a double promotion from Primary 1 to Primary 3).


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