Entries by Jesper Sehested

How I learned to read

I’m new to this page. So I thought I would share my story on how I found out I was dyslexic and the ways I over came it. I was 11 when my mother had concerns I was not doing well at school. She got me in to see a psychologist(? A doctor who specialises […]

Dyslexia taught me how to be a fighter

After I discovered this page one month ago, and after reading many of your stories. I decided today that I should post mine. Since primary school, I had trouble with reading, spelling and writing and also with my short term memory, having brain freez, forgetting words that I have to say suddenly while speaking. Telling […]

8 tips to Surviving Grad School with Dyslexia

Earning a PHD is hard. REALLY hard. My advisor recently told me that if I ever met someone who had an easy time writing their dissertation, they were lying. This is a process that is supposed to fundamentally alter your thought processes. You become a scientist. It is exhilarating. It is hard. And if you have dyslexia […]

My Dyslexia Story ends with a PhD!

A brief story of how I eventually learned I was Dyslexic – and the power of songs to make sense of words. Struggling during the Early Years I always knew there was something different about me. I was in 5th grade and I still had problems spelling my name. In exams where I had to […]

Advice to my 10-year-old dyslexic self

Not too long ago, Dyslexia Blogger’s John Hicks sent me this tweet: I’m curious what advice would you give to your 10 year old self about? I have to admit I was at a loss for words and advice because I am so used to thinking about what could help me and other dyslexics in PhD […]

Dyslexia and the journey to the magical world of reading

Almost every parent who joins our support group expresses fear about whether their child will ever learn to read. By the time they reach our group the education system has failed them and their child. The parents are quite distressed because they have a broken child and don’t know what to do. The answer we […]

Never give up and never surrender!

To all the parents who are on the start of their dyslexia journey. Seeking answers. Finding the right path. Fighting for help. Struggling to take a breath. Heartbroken over their child’s suffering. Crying themselves to sleep. Navigating snake oil. Waking in terror of their child’s future. It certainly feels like I’ve been travelling the bumpy […]

The Dyslexic Imposter Complex

The Dyslexic Imposter Complex is a phrase I coined several years ago describing an internal dynamic which I see in myself and what many other persons with dyslexia report. This is the collision of two observations that we have made about ourselves. Observation number 1. Over our lifetime we have gathered much evidence about ourselves […]

A clean mental slate to start on

I don’t really mention my dyslexia for quite a few reasons, the main reason being that in general there is sill an “oh..so you’re stupid” connotation attached to it, which quite frankly makes my blood boil. (I’ve even heard Dyslexia described (to my face) as an excuse for laziness. And because, in my my experience, the […]