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Sophie is a nine year old girl who suffers from dyslexia and struggles with reading and spelling. She talks about how she feels about dyslexia. She knows that there are some things she cannot do, so she finds ways to do them differently. She has developed interesting ways to identify letters that look similar - she uses touch and feel to help her tell which letter is which. Sophie talks about not just the things she finds difficult, but the things she enjoys and is good at. The dyslexia does not affect her whole life but only parts of it and she is able to enjoy practical and physical things without problems. Friendship is a key area and Sophie's friends know her strengths. They do not notice her dyslexia in many cases. They help and support her, making her feel confident.
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First broadcast:
29 March 2012

Classroom Ideas

This clip can be used as a prompt to help children to understand difficulties faced by themselves and others. Watching the clip could lead into discussions about what the children themselves find difficult and the strategies they use to help overcome such difficulties. They could also identify the things they are good at and this could lead into discussions about how they could support others. The role of friendship could also be highlighted by looking at the positive way in which Sophie describes how much her friends have helped her to deal with her dyslexia confidently. It can also be used to help children appreciate the similarities and differences between themselves and others by exploring how we can all use our strengths to support others in areas they find challenging.