How would you like to help your child get laser-sharp focus and improve their literacy becoming happier and more confident as a result all with someone holding your hand?
Never thought this was possible for your child with dyslexia? Then reading this letter may be the most important thing that you do all year.
Because when you're faced with the almost daily struggle of the meltdowns and frustrations of your child not feeling good enough, it's hard to see anything on the other side.
When you have become so used to seeing your child unhappy.
It hurts so badly to see them lose confidence after so many setbacks at school. Like when they need to read out loud in class and they hear the snickers from the other kids as they stumble reading the "easy" words.
It's not like you haven't tried anything before...
You may have been to different therapists, spoken to the counsellor at school, talked to friends and experts, read books, searched online, or listened to podcasts. Constantly trying to find a literacy solution and hoping that the new teacher at school would FINALLY be able to do something to help.
But none of it has given you the results you were hoping for. Not just for you. But to see a happy child again. THAT more than anything is what you want.
And to keep rubbing it in, there's always the stories from other parents about how well their children are going at school. That they're a natural and that things come easy. It just feels like salt is being rubbed into a wound......
Because for you, it's a struggle just getting your child to school. They know they don't fit it and they get picked on and teased. And as you see and feel their pain, you understand why it's a struggle getting them out the door so many days.
To see what was a bubbly, creative and fun-loving child cry and withdraw more and more. It rips your heart out. And this just makes you feel even more helpless and stressed.
And that's the place I came from. And these are the struggles I faced with my son Marcus.
I personally understand what it takes to keep a positive outlook that things will be different. I so wanted to feel like I could help or that there were at least answers to help my son improve and be happier, but this wasn't my reality. I felt so lost and helpless.
I knew the teachers were too busy and didn't understand or have time to help children with special needs. (And I struggled in silence with the whole concept of why my child was lumped - or dumped - into a category of "special needs kids" and the negative connotation that conjured up).
I didn't feel qualified to help my child (I didn't even know what was wrong with him let alone how to help him with his literacy problems). I tried to do what I could to help him - but often that ended up with us both feeling frustrated and upset.
And I didn't have the time or the money to do anything too radical - not that I was even sure what that was as with all I tried, I didn't seem to be coming up with too many answers.
And I kept hoping that something would change.
I wanted to find someone who understood me and my child and his situation. I wanted someone who could point me in the right direction and give me hope that things could be different. Because I knew he was clever and fun-loving. But everything around him just made him feel so bad about himself and his school life. And my hands felt tied...
But I discovered after much searching that it didn't need to be like this - and that there were answers.
After finally realising that my son did have dyslexia, I set it upon myself to become immersed initially as a student learning all I could. Applying what I was learning to my son, he started to make huge gains in his focus, learning and performance and things started to shift until eventually, things had completely transformed.
With seeing his improvement, I started sharing with other children and adults with dyslexia what I had learnt over more than 10 years.
And having now helped hundreds of people, I can't tell you the happiness I experience every day in seeing the smile and tears of joy in people of all ages at being able to do something that they struggled with (and were ridiculed about) for so many years. It is so satisfying seeing the pride that comes when they realise what they can do rather than constantly feeling (and being told) what they can't do.
And I'm now on a mission to help many more children and their families just like you.