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What happens when a dyslexic child gets taught in their own learning style?



Some of you may remember the Studying With Dyslexia Blog covering a news article about Jack Harley Walsh.

Jack has severe dyslexia and dyscalculia and this was so disruptive for him that he applied for 30 different mainstream schools to support his education and non of them were equipped to help him learn and so refused entry.

In an article by the Bracknell News, Jack describes himself as 'an educational train wreck' citing that no school wanted to teach him, "I just couldn't learn in the way that most schools taught."

At age 11, this experience was so very difficult for Jack who said "Even I didn't want to be me!".
21st April 2018, Stoke-on-Trent
This is a really good example of how having special educational needs not only affects learning but also motivation and self-esteem.

Eventually, Jack found himself a place at the specialist dyslexia school, St David's in Llandudno, Wales and in 2015 Jack received the Young Person award from Anthea Turner at the British Dyslexia Association.

Check out his speech below:



Jack got that award in 2015 so what has happened for him since?

Jack gained an A-level in Design and Technology and received distinctions in BTECs for Science and Production Design.  Not only has he excelled with the right support, he is now studying for a degree in Swansea in Automotive Design.

Jack credits his success to the staff at St David's who worked with him and with his own learning style, teaching him how to learn with those special educational needs.  He was also able to start believing in himself which , I believe, is key to learning.

I want to wish Jack all the best as he passes through university, I am in no doubt that he will do well.


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