Entries by Jesper Sehested

Music defined me as a person

It all started 14 years ago, before my parents or I even knew what dyslexia was. I had just started secondary school and had somewhat struggled educationally so far. It took less than a year for me to realise I was well behind the rest, bottom set for most subjects, most of all for English. […]

“Born Different, That’s All”

When Anthony Raneri—lead singer, guitarist, and lyricist for the punk band Bayside—was doing a Facebook Live chat with some of the band’s more than 200,000 followers on the social media site, he could finally, publicly, put a name to what used to undermine his confidence: He told his fans he has dyslexia. “Fans were just […]

Dyslexia’s Silver Lining

When I was in third grade, I was diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Few teachers were aware of dyslexia, and even fewer had training on how to help dyslexic students. I did not receive accommodations until my sophomore year of college. My parents did not fully understand dyslexia. My mother was a teacher and did […]

Should we do away with ‘dyslexia’?

In their recently published book, The Dyslexia Debate, Joe Elliott and Elena Grigorenko controversially call for the term “dyslexia” to be abandoned. They argue it is an imprecise label that does nothing to assist the children to whom it is applied. So what is wrong with the term “dyslexia”? No-one is denying the reality of […]

Teachers don’t understand the depth of dyslexia

Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that most of us know for causing problems with writing, reading and spelling. But it is more than this, and can affect people in many different ways. It is generally accepted that underlying neurological aspects, such as slight differences in brain structure, can change the way that dyslexic people […]

Seven myths about dyslexia put to rest

As researchers who study dyslexia, we often read articles or overhear conversations that completely misunderstand what dyslexia is – or how it can be treated. Dyslexia is the term used to describe someone with reading difficulties – and it affects up to 10% of Australians. A reader with dyslexia may have difficulty in reading unusual […]

Reflections from the Trenches

What makes a person a champion? Is it when a person gets an A+ on a tough exam, or is it always knowing the answer when the teacher asks a question, or is it when an athlete scores a touchdown to win the big football game? If these are what makes a person a champion, […]