I‘m PASSIONATE about helping teenagers and young adults fulfil their potential by overcoming the challenges and embracing the gift, of being dyslexic.
I’m a qualified Personal Performance and Youth Impact Coach. I’m also dyslexic, although I didn’t find out until I was 35 years old.
I lived my early life thinking something was “wrong” with me. No one identified the reason why I couldn’t understand the basic structure of words and had such problems with reading and writing.
No child should have to live with that confusion, maybe blame themselves or give up on themselves because they think they’re educationally below par and won’t amount to anything.
It’s a CRIME that dyslexia in children can go undetected for years if there’s no one about to recognise the true root cause of a child’s slow progress in reading, writing and spelling.
Most schools just aren’t set up for teaching children with dyslexia. It makes me ANGRY that the school budget often doesn’t include funding for even giving children a test for dyslexia.
So kids can go through their whole childhood bewildered by their lack of progress and often find themselves labelled “stupid” or “lazy” by their peers and teachers alike. I know how that feels, and I know how isolating it can be to be perceived as “different”.
I also know how frustrated and angry you can get when no one recognises or understands what your problem is, why you just don’t “get it” – and how it’s so not your fault!
Torture At School….
I spent my formative days at school utterly confused and isolated, wondering why I didn’t understand the basics of spelling, reading and writing like the other kids did.
Reading lessons especially were torture – I spent the whole time repeating in my head “please don’t pick me, please don’t pick me” and literally drowned out most of the learning to be had from the Teacher, so high was my anxiety level.
The relief of having got through a class without being picked to read out loud was so HUGE I could have cried to relieve the tension – but then I had to psyche myself up for the next lesson, and the next….
I hated the thought of being singled out and exposed for not being able to read or comprehend properly.
Putting my hand up in class was a complete no-no – the potential embarrassment factor was just too high.
“Trying Hard” Just Isn’t The Answer…
In my last year I tried so hard to study for my exams, but I didn’t pass them – I didn’t even have time to properly comprehend the papers let alone finish writing about the subjects.
So I flunked all my exams and left school with no qualifications and no self-esteem….
All because no-one picked up my dyslexia.
Luckily I had a love of photography and got a job in a photo lab. To be surrounded by images and colours was a dream come true! I was 24, single and enjoying life.
One fateful day my life changed as tragedy struck my family with a double blow.
Literally overnight I went from being a loving auntie to my three very young nephews and niece to taking over the role of their parents and becoming their new Mum.
Talk about having to grow up quickly – there were some big decisions to be made, and I gave up work to devote all my time to bringing up these wonderful young people.
As they grew up and progressed at school a sudden realisation came to me – I couldn’t help them with their homework – I was letting them down.
That’s when I made the decision “I need an education so I CAN help the kids with their homework”.
At 35 I went back to college, and the Lecturer asked me to do a piece of free-flow writing – well, the structure was back to front and the letters all jumbled up and immediately she said “I think you’re dyslexic” – OMG suddenly I discovered why I’d had such problems at school – 20 years too late they told me I am dyslexic!
At college, they helped me build up my literacy levels, and I joined a class of 16 year olds to take English GCE.
The College were brilliant and the rules allowed me the 25% extra time to read and complete the exams papers – the first time EVER in my life I’d finished a paper!
I re-sat my entire core subject exams – this time passing successfully. The boost to my confidence was great, but the knowledge that I could now help the kids was my real reward.
I then went on and achieved exams in Human Physiology and Health, Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology.
And I read my first book from cover to cover at the age of 35!
So then I had to decide “What do I do now?”, “What is my passion?”, “What am I good at?”
The answer sprang out – Life Coaching. I’m passionate about working with people and love helping them find their strengths and purpose so they blossom and become who they really are.
I knew I could cope with the reading and studying involved to achieve my goals. Then, as I was studying for my Personal Performance Coaching Diploma and working on my own self development, I realized another passion in life.
I wanted to coach the youth of today to help them reach their full potential. To that end, I completed my Youth Impact Coaching Diploma, and I’ve been working with young people as a Coach for the last 17 years.
It was a natural progression to specialise in an area about which I know and understand so much – being dyslexic means I totally identify with the problems and trauma it can cause as well as knowing the positive power and potential talents the dyslexic mind produces. It’s where I can contribute most fully to changing the lives of young people today.
I don’t want any child to go through life not realising they’re dyslexic, or not knowing how to make the most of themselves if they are.
There’s so much that’s positive about being dyslexic – the creativity often expressed in the design or drama fields, sporting abilities, the ability to think quickly “on your feet” twined with natural leadership potential and above average IQ – (just a few examples).
What could be more rewarding and fulfilling than to see your young person growing into a Richard Branson, Orlando Bloom or Kiera Knightley, or indeed Einstein (all dyslexic – it’s no barrier to success).
Youngsters can dream big but often they don’t BELIEVE it can happen. All they need is access to the power and magic transformational work can bring.
So my first question to them is often “If you KNEW you COULDN’T fail, what would you do?”
I always say, “Dream Big, Huge, Enormous and Shoot for the Moon because if you miss a little at least you will land amongst the Stars” and that’s a great place to be in, don’t you think?
Love to you
Get in touch with me by emailing me firstname.lastname@example.org The sooner the better, so we can get you started on the life that you deserve to live.
What Clients Say About my Work
“Your first step to breaking the Chains of Dyslexia is a great help to me.
I have a son who has learning difference. Your suggestions on how to understand him were a big deal.
All mothers like to nag a naughty son, it’s their duty, aren’t they. But your suggestions make my son get lesser nag.
I think he will also thank you. I am sure I will tell him about you and your book.
We are far from distance but near in a common interest. If the world doesn’t have people like you, we, the mothers will be in a bit of trouble. Of course, we have our way but it will be different with the profession for definitely.
I salute you for this.
Doing a thing, a first step is important.
Great Job was done and your next steps will be also Blessed.
Big Thanks to you. Hugs!
Angeline Thet Thet Htun
A Mom from Myanmar (formally known as Burma)
“After attending one of Anita’s Dyslexia Events I did not hesitate to book on the Family Breakthrough Session. My son Oliver aged 7, was only getting 1 out of 7 spelling correct in school and now as a result of attending the Family Breakthrough Session is getting 7 out of 7 spelling correct, that’s just brilliant, and doing so much better at school.
My daughter Abigail aged 13 confidences has grown and is more focused on what she is able to do now and not what she can’t, this has given her the belief and motivation to try new things and achieve them.
Being a parent I would recommend Anita work to all and to school as it works.
Thank you Anita for your support”.
“I have always had difficulties with reading and understanding long words, however was not aware this may be a sign of dyslexia until attending Anita’s dyslexia awareness event. I attended this event because a friend had encouraged me to do so, and was surprised by the information and knowledge I gained not only about dyslexia but also about myself. From this event, I learned of the Read System and was interested to find out more.
On the day I spoke to Anita about discussing matters one to one, as I was currently pursuing my dissertation writing and was in need of some help/ support. During the initial conversation I discussed what I wanted and needed help with, Anita was very supportive and knowledgeable, she not only told me how she could be of help and the services she could provide but also provided me information on how else I may be able to get support. This made me take up her services as I was sure she wanted to help me and really did want me to achieve my goals.
While undertaking the coaching sessions I managed to complete my dissertation write up and also built up confidence in myself. Having fully understood the Read System I now feel I am capable to pick up any book, journal or newspaper and pick out the key points and explain the data to another person. This is my greatest achievement as it will benefit me when I go onto pursue a Masters, and develop my career. I also discovered how I work, learn and think and am able to use this to my advantage, which has given me the confidence to take a piece of work, look at the brief and not feel like I want to run and hide!
I would recommend Anita to anyone who is in need of support and guidance not only in work but all areas of their life, as the experience has developed me as a person. Not only this but Anita’s ability to provide compassion and encouragement throughout the most difficult of times was absolutely wonderful and she can be relied upon no matter what the time.
Thank you for everything”!
L.S. – aged 21
“I went to Anita’s dyslexia workshop with my son. We found how effective Anita’s “read system” is with the 4 colour pen works. Also how the word bed as made a difference in son’s recognizing the way the letters b and d are faced. He now feels he is special having Dyslexia after understanding the gifts and advantages it has and that’s allowed his confidence to grow. I would recommend Anita’s workshops for all that are dyslexic.
S and T
“I’m 52 years old and recently been assessed and told I have dyslexia. It was a relief to have an answer for my struggles. While in many ways I have achieved a lot I’ve always considered myself a failure. The failure part is the side that can’t add up, finds difficulty remembering, and experiences an enormous difficulty expressing myself.
Tired of the constant battle with low self-esteem I sought Anita’s help to assist me to feel better about myself. Her approach using techniques such as NLP and visualisation is gentle and illuminating. I am not hot on doing homework for obvious reasons but I felt encouraged to do it and to consolidate what I’d learnt during each session. Planning ahead was a good way of empowering me to take control of what I wanted from the sessions.
As a result of my coaching experience, I have learnt to like and understand the side of me that is the ‘trouble’ causer for without it I wouldn’t be half as creative, nor inventive. Consequently, I feel better about myself, as a joined-up person, thanks to Anita’s professional coaching and guidance”.