Please do not belittle dyslexia;Letter

24th April 1998 at 01:00
In response to one part of the article "A day in one of these nice wee jobs" (TESS, April 10) I feel very angry as both a mother and a teacher. John Jamieson appeared to belittle the parents who had requested a meeting to discuss their son's dyslexia.

The reference to paying an enormous sum of money to a psychologist at the Dyslexia Institute, who not surprisingly had diagnosed dyslexia, made me especially annoyed. I have known of several parents who have felt forced to do the same when they find the same insensitive and unsatisfactory reactions within the education system. It would also seem to me that he is being less than fair to the psychologists at the institute.

Knowing the sort of attitude that prevails I stuck to trying to get an educational psychologist to see my son through the school. It took one year and one week for me to get a recognition that he did have a "specific learning difficulty", and then I investigated ways of getting help which were not available within the current education system.

However, within that time we had a very unhappy little boy at home who took his frustrations out on his parents, his older siblings and any doors which happened to be in the way. He also became increasingly anti-social and almost a school refuser.

If we are in the business of trying to help young people succeed surely we should be pulling together, instead of what seemed to me an implication that these parents were being a nuisance.

Ishbel Paterson South Ailey Farm Cove, Helensburgh

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