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You are invited to an evening exploring the crucial, but often forgotten, issue of the impact of dyslexia (and other neurodiverse conditions) on learners’ mental health.
We will look at how, when & why dyslexia can impact on emotions and the different life stages & experiences specific to dyslexia that can create an environment for emotional dissonance and confusion.
You will also learn some creative and therapeutic strategies to support the development of dyslexia aware self-knowledge, resilience, self-confidence and self-advocacy.
Pennie Aston is the Director of GroOops Dyslexia Aware Counselling – a charity that works supporting the mental health of learners of all ages with dyslexia. With over 19 years experience she incorporates multi-disciplinary approaches in her therapeutic work such as mindfulness, coaching, neuroscience and psycho-education.
There are any number of assistive technology and skills based strategies specifically designed to support the dyslexic learner. However, at GroOops we believe that someone in emotional distress because of their dyslexia is not in the right frame of mind to absorb still more information.
Many clients are overwhelmed when they find they are dyslexic and are trying to make sense of who they thought they were, who they are, and who they can be.
Others have no idea that dyslexia is anything more than something to do with reading and writing and are confused and disorientated by their seeming inability to cope with life generally and their emotional reactions specifically.
Dyslexia is so much more than a difficulty with reading and writing, both through its inherent constitutional weaknesses but also in its potential, and often disregarded, outstanding strengths.
At GroOops we believe that dyslexia can impact on the emotions in very profound and insidious ways. Our ten years of experience have shown that, if unaddressed or misunderstood, dyslexia can impact in subtle and distressing ways on every aspect of a person’s life from their personal relationships through to their ability to contend with their environment.
When these challenges are addressed therapeutically our clients have the opportunity to develop an integrated sense of dyslexic identity, build resilience and self-worth, learn to become their own self-advocate and develop a sense of purpose and meaning in life.