Dyslexia, Memory and Bullying by Emily

Observing my son’s behaviour over the years together with his peers and teacher’s reactions to that behaviour, the symptom of Dyslexia that most affects him socially is his poor short-term memory.

At school, a child who cannot defend his actions (where they have dyslexia) may simply not be able to remember what happened (due to short-term memory problems) and simply gets into more trouble, because they cannot either immediately recall the event, or be able to recall their involvement in the event.

What is frustrating to the child, is after they have been in trouble and they can recall the facts of the event (as it becomes an easier to remember, now, long-term memory), they may be accused of lying if they subsequently try to defend their actions!

Another problem is being teased, by peers in school and out of school.  Many children with Dyslexia, have problems with answering those who tease them or indeed try to outwit them, because again due to short-term memory problems. they cannot come up with a quick enough response!

Resulting in their peers appearing superior (controlling the situation) and making the child with Dyslexia feel inferior!

When that child is equally capable (given more time) of using their intelligence to respond effectively.

Charlie has memorized ‘come back’s’ and comedy over the years which he can use in such situations to divert the teasing or the bullying.

Humour is a great conflict solution, governments should use it in war negotiations!







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