From the time I was little, it was obvious I was different. I had difficulty remembering left and right, and it was a mystery to me how other kids tied their shoes so effortlessly. Velcro helped me hide my inability to tie my shoes, but there was no such invention to help me hide the fact that I could not read. I tried very hard to see what everyone wanted me to see on those white pages dripping with black markings, but try as I might, I could not do it.
The other kids felt I needed to have my learning difference beaten out of me physically and emotionally. Needless to say, their methods were less than effective. My self-esteem plummeted. I felt different and alone, especially since there didn't seem to be any other dyslexics outside of those in my family.
Resources like Reading Horizons are absolutely critical toward helping children with dyslexia learn to read. While the children are learning, however, it is important that they receive the necessary support from their family, teachers and peers in order to truly succeed.
I searched for a support group for children with dyslexia, but all of the support groups were for parents and teachers. There were no support groups for the people who need it most: the children who are struggling with dyslexia.
I decided to start an organization that would provide information and support to children and teens with dyslexia. Dyslexic Kids began as a website, DyslexicKids.net, with tools, resources and encouragement for kids and teens. It has grown quite a bit in just two short years. I now post news and information each weekday on most of the social networks, and I provide free tutoring for children with learning differences. Perhaps most importantly, I established a local support group that meets monthly, and I have an online support group for kids and teens from across the globe. Both support groups provide a safe place where we can learn from and support each other.
No child should ever feel alone, especially when they are dealing with a learning difference that affects every aspect of their life. It is my hope that Dyslexic Kids will continue to help children with dyslexia realize that they are not alone and that, with the right tools and support, they can and will succeed.
- Scott Forsythe, age 16, founder of Dyslexic Kids