What Children With Dyslexia Wish Their Teachers Knew

Shelley Hatch, Executive Director Dyslexia Center of Utah,

SLT Structured Literacy Teacher

Fear, anxiety, hope, nervous, invisible, afraid, stomach ache, clown, embarrassed, tears, panic attacks, daydreaming, and more time.

What do all of these have in common?

School for a child with dyslexia!

It’s that time of year once again, where kids are full of excitement and anticipation, shopping for new school clothes and school supplies, wondering who will be in their class and who their teacher will be. Most kids that is.

At the Dyslexia Center of Utah, we tutor 200 students. This last week there were lots of tears as most of our students were dreading the start of another year of school.

You could feel it in the air and see it on their faces.

This breaks my heart! It shouldn’t have to be this way.

These students face many stressful situations throughout the day. Many of those situations involve “what ifs, a big part of fear and anxiety.

Students who struggle reading often feel like they are a failure, and nothing they do will make a difference. They know something is wrong with them because they can’t read words or passages like other kids.