In my years as a therapist I have counseled a plethora of individuals who have been diagnosed with Dyslexia. Dyslexia is a general term for disorders that involves difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols. Because there is so much misinformation out there regarding Dyslexia, the diagnosis of Dyslexia can sometimes create low self esteem and low self confidence because the person is scared to take personal and professional risks where they may have to read a lot or read out loud a lot. When I have counseled these clients with Dyslexia, they were initially coming to me for areas that they thought were unrelated to their Dyslexia such as Depression and Anxiety. However, once I started working with these clients they and I alike quickly found out that sometimes their Depression and Anxiety was directly related to their thoughts about their Dyslexia.
I believe very strongly that conditions like dyslexia, among many other learning, reading, and/or speaking disabilities requires us to open up our world view to the BEAUTY and DIVERSITY of the human personality. Frankly, I loooove the diversity within the human personality and I would not have it any other way. I believe very strongly that impediments such as Dyslexia, among many others are actually INCREDIBLE and AMAZING gifts from above.
When I meet someone with Dyslexia and I can tell that their self-conscience about their Dyslexia I will ask them to say these mantra’s to themselves in front of a mirror every day for 30 days morning and night. Sometimes I will also have them read out loud in front of me and I will ask them to purposefully mess up words to desensitize themselves to their dyslexia. Then I will have that person find one person who they trust and read out loud to that person 4-5x a week to desensitize themselves to their fears with reading out loud.
When someone commits to practicing these two exercises regularly it will decrease shame and embarrassment and increase self acceptance, self love, and self empowerment. In doing this, I am starting to teach them to accept and love their dyslexia and I am also helping them to give up some of their limited ideas they may have received regarding Dyslexia from their youth. When I am working with someone who has Depression and low self esteem because of their Dyslexia, when I am done working with that client, I want them to FEEL “Proud of their Dyslexia and wear their Dyslexia with Pride.” When I have reached this point, I know we are getting closer at healing the shame that binds them and empowering them by seeing their struggle as a gift.
Healing from Dyslexia Mantra’s
~Say these Phrases 2x every day in front of a mirror looking into your pupils~
I Dylexia hvae.
I am BEAUTIFUL jsut teh way I am.
I am unstoppalbe.
I am Inrcedbile.
I am A-M-A-Z-I-N-G jsut teh wya I am.
I am Accepted.
I can od ynathing I put my mndi to.
I Can Do Anything I Ptu My Mind To.
I am leanring to loooooooove my dysleixia.
I don’t believe these htings abuot myslef yet. yet.
Hlep me with my unbleeif.
Have you been diagnosed with Dyslexia? How has your Dyslexia effected you? I would love to hear your story, please comment below or e-mail me. Disclaimer: When I am using the terminology; “Healing from Dyslexia” in this blog, I am only referring to healing the shame that binds someone when they are battling dyslexia. If you would like some additional resources on Dyslexia please click here. Have a great week!
Kelly Johnson, MA, LPC