Wednesday 23 October 2019

Pupils write the book on dyslexia

Ennis NS pupil
Katie Clohessy
with Marty
the dog.
BRIAN ARTHUR
Ennis NS pupil Katie Clohessy with Marty the dog. BRIAN ARTHUR

Fergus Black

HE was made fun of because he couldn't read and was called useless.

Now Tomas and nine of his fellow authors in Ennis National School's reading class have written a special book telling their personal stories about how dyslexia has affected their lives.

Their 40-page book, 'Dyslexic Brains Learn Differently', is hot off the printer with an initial run of 1,000 copies.

The idea for the book came from Ennis NS parent Joanne O'Brien from Quilty, Co Clare, whose 11-year-old daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia. "I hope this book will create more awareness about dyslexia and will break down the prejudice that still exists about it," she said.

Twice a week, the children test their reading skills in front of Marty the dog who calls to hear their stories. It's believed that reading to animals has a calming effect on children with dyslexia and Marty has become the "best listener" during his visits.

Priced at €10, 'Dyslexic Brains Learn Differently' is available at Ennis bookshop or by contacting Ennis NS at ensschool@gmail.com.

Irish Independent

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