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Stories by successful dyslexics who IDC have helped over the years
The colours of
Trevor Hobbs, Chair
of the Dyslexia Association of Bexley Bromley Greenwich & Lewisham
“Oh yes you on the
spectrum” A comment often made by educational psychologists at the end dyslexia
assessment. What is this spectrum?
It’s often thought of by the client as band of
colours and they think they are floating somewhere at the bottom of an
imaginary rainbow, sure in their mind it’s not at the pot of gold end of the
rainbow. What colour band do I fit into, thinks the newly discovered dyslexic,
the strong red band or the much weaker blue band it must be the blue end else
they would have not asked all those bizarre questions in the assessment.
I think of the spectrum as the shallow sea
just before it reaches the beach. On the surface is bright, colourful, fast
flowing water that’s our strengths. Below flows the multicoloured water in
which all kinds of valuable bits float along, this is our average band or
secondary colours. Lastly we reach that thick band of muddy coloured water just
about flowing through the pebbles. That’s our dull or weak aspect, yet within
this band there are valuable bits hidden between the pebbles that we need to
push up into our multicoloured band and that will force even more colour up
into the crest of our waves and reduce the muddy band. We are like the flat
fish that can never look down on its self, so it never appreciates how good it
looks from above. It struggles to swim in the buoyant oxygenated waters where
it can get the best feeding. It tends to sink into the muddy colours of the
bottom. We need to turn ourselves into colourful intelligent trout, which are
fast swimming brightly colourful achievers I would have suggested the noble
Salmon but they have to find their way back to their birth river so that rules
most dyslexic’s out.
Once the diagnoses
is confirmed, with the right training, you will swim higher in the water the
muddy bottom will still be there but you will spend much more time out of it
Returning to the
colour spectrum idea, in some aspects we fit into the powerful reds in others
washy blue. The rules of colour are you can’t mix two primary colours to make
another primary colour. This means we are stuck with our basic spectrum but
there are many opportunities to strengthen our weak colours by using our
stronger secondary colours to boost our overall palate. That’s what we do when
we develop strategies to overcome limitations or undertake specialist
We are people who
wear a Jacobs coat of many colours we should wear our coat with pride, we
should stand out from the crowd and not hide in a corner, we should tailor our
coat to be fit for purpose. We are known to have fertile minds and we should
use them to the full potential. It is
often said we lack confidence we can only achieve confidence when we accept our
coat covers a wide spectrum of strengths mixed with some weaknesses. We should
paint our life paths using our strong primary colours and a good blend of our
secondary colours. Finally we should
aspire to enjoy life to the upmost of our ability.
Please note in November 2017 we relocated to a new office. Our address is
IDC, Fifth Floor, Tavistock House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HX.
Our new office is approximately a one minute walk away from the old office.
Our telephone numbers and email addresses remain the same.