I ahve always known my problem and becuse I had a wondorful techer from the age of 12 I hav ovrcome most of it. [I wil not change this sentence this is how I used to write as a child] but will check th ereat so you my understnd what I wnt to saoy abot your children!
Today I am trying to speak to any who have to teach the likes of myself.
I was born LEFT handed but Hitler was bombing us out of our homes and we were evacuated to the country side. I was called Hitler's child because I used my left hand. They tied it behind my back at primary school I was constantly slapped on the hand with rulers, or woodden pencil cases. All I remember is being hit. When Dad come home from war he too was disappointed in his daughter and constantly said so. He said I would never write a book. This year VDU publishing helped me by publishing my first imaginative stories as a Trilogy about a DCI Teasdale. and that was in spite of the poor writing - I had a wonderful editor. I could understand what she was saying.
I failed the 11 plus and had to sit OL english five times.
At domestic science college I had to have four interviews with the examiner to check i really knew my stuff.
But now I look back and realise it was the kindness of a teacher, who daily spent at least half an hour with me - taught me to spell by sound rather than the look of a word. In my writing I have always had kind editors. When I wrote An Actor's Place, it took five years and Pam Brooks edited every word. My plays were often badly spelt but so many of the actors were also dyslexic it didn't matter. Anyway until I got my own computer and spell check in 1983 I often felt humiliated and often was by officious people. In the class room the kids were great, they loved telling me when I spelt a word wrong i loved teaching them. Today I am at last happy, retired and writing everyday. I can't work out how to use the computer easily but my niece and friends are wonderful to me.
If your child is unhappy at school, gets easily lost or doesn't seem to hear you -
look up LEFT TO WRITE if you see or hear something that you recognise in your child - have the poor soul checked out for dyslexia. every tenth child is a possible candidiate. Help them rather than punish them, please! And don't force a child to be right handed.
It has taken me half an hour to correct this piece.