Raising and educating kids with dyslexia

Archive for July, 2013


I’ve noticed, on this journey of dyslexia with my children, that all too often the emphasis has been on the disability, and remediating that disability. Remediation is a good thing, but the disability and remediation are not everything. We should not miss the amazing abilities that come with dyslexia.

So, in this blog post I want to highlight  and share one of my daughter’s abilities. You won’t mind a proud mother showing off a bit, will you?

pab_portraitMy daughter recently won a National Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This award was for a self-portrait in charcoal, that you can see above. First of all, this self-portrait received a Gold Key at the regional level. Approximately 7 – 10% of all regional submissions to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are recognized with Gold Key Awards.  This award then makes the submission eligible for  national-level recognition. This year, 2012-2013,  230,000 entries were submitted to the national competition. Only 1% of the original 230,000 entries received national recognition!

We have had so many struggles over the years dealing with dyslexia, but in this last year of high school it has been a time to celebrate the strengths. And celebrate we did with a trip to the awards ceremony in Carnegie Hall in New York City! Actually, the highlight of the ceremony for my daughter was the surprise appearance of Usher!