When life gives you melons, you’re dyslexic…

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We are the original improvisers, problem solvers and lateral thinkers: Proud member of the D-Squad Catherine Deveny explains why being identified as dyslexic can be liberating, and shares some advice for parents of dyslexic kids.

Growing up, I heard these things over and over again. The way my teachers, parents, classmates — everyone — told me to learn and remember things never worked for me.

I was a very social and “creative” kid who could cook, knit, crochet, sing, understand people’s emotions and “participate well in class discussion”. But I couldn’t learn my times tables no matter what I did, could not tell my left from my right and sucked at spelling.

Now, at 48, nothing’s changed. I still don’t know my times tables, can’t spell, and still can’t tell my left from my right.

Like many parents, I was identified as having dyslexia at around the same time my eldest son, then nine-year-old Dom, was…..

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