Dyslexia-Escaping the Forest

Dyslexia-Escaping the Forest : A Child's View Lost in the Trees

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Rhona grows up with her collected labels of being lazy and immature. She spends her unhappy days, re-doing work, dreading reading sessions, dreaming of escaping it all. She is lost, she does not understand why her efforts results in poor marks, cementing her place in the retard class. She falls further behind in Primary School with a bully of a teacher and her self-esteem is rock bottom. Rhona skilfully develops ingenious strategies and is forever adapting to accommodate the latest challenge. Survival is a daily task. A broken limb and a change of school provides relief. Rhona's Secondary School English teacher looks beyond the trees of the pre-existing labels and sees the complete view. She sees a bright child with dyslexia and gently shows Rhona a way out of the forest. Rhona still battles with trust and luck and needs all her resourcefulness and determination, but the path looks like it could lead out and so Rhona's life begins to have hope and a possible future.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15mm | 327g
  • English
  • 0473469111
  • 9780473469115
  • 77,667

Review quote

Rhona's book is a heartbreaking story of a child struggling with
dyslexia in the '80s. But more than that, it's the story of a child,
like most children in the '80s, who was almost never listened to or
treated with respect by the adults in her life.
This book will show you what it feels like to have dyslexia, and it
will also show you what it feels like to have the help in exams which
are now routinely given (reader, writer and extra time).
Rhona's compelling story absorbed me from start to finish, and
really showed me what Dyslexia was, and is, like for her.
--Liz Sedley, Creator of Dyslexia Gold

Rhona's childhood journey gives the reader a fresh perspective
on growing up with the challenge of dyslexia. Her clever, 'inner
monologue' narrative tells her story in a child-centred way, as daily
dramas, vivid imagination and relationship dynamics are shared,
filtered through the different stages of growing up.
For educators, this is a timely reminder of the powerful role we
have in the classroom and our responsibility to enable every single
child in our care to thrive, no matter what their circumstances.
Her story highlights the power of understanding a learning
disability and having the skills and willingness to personalise a
programme to allow a young person to reach their potential. The
more stories that are heard, the better understanding of dyslexia we
will all have.
--Sarah Wakeford, Humanities Teacher (20 years experience),
New Zealand
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