Sharing his dyslexia story

Tom Mullally and mum Marianne will be in Smithton this month to present a free seminar for parents of children struggling with reading and writing.

Insight. A mother-son duo will share their experience of dyslexia, from the struggle to the triumph.

The free seminar will be 90 minutes of tips, insight and practical knowledge about what dyslexia is and how parents can help their children get over the reading hump.

As a nine-year-old, Tom Mullally had a ‘superior IQ’, but could never understand why he still couldn’t read or write.

He watched on as his classmates moved on to the next year level while he was left to repeat and spend years in remediation and special education.

At the age of seven, he was told by his teacher that he would never amount to anything.

Tom says it destroyed his confidence, and that he could not read or write his own name.

“I struggled with reading, comprehension, spelling and getting my ideas onto paper, and for a while I spent a long time in remediation and special ed classes.

“I knew something was going on, but I just wrote myself as dumb and stupid because I was struggling to do the reading other kids found easy.”

Tom’s mother Marianne took him to undergo tests and assessments that showed he had a superior IQ so she travelled to and from America, where she studied dyslexia for three years.

Marianne now educates and empowers parents across Australia who have children struggling, and teaches the techniques she has built on for the last 15 years of working with more than 400 dyslexic adults and children.

This seminar shortcuts the journey to understand what is really happening for these creative thinkers.

This mother-son duo has firsthand experience of the education struggle and will now cut through the jargon and confusion around the learning difficulty.

“Her teaching changed my life,” Tom said.

“I was school captain in year 12 where I graduated with dux in two subjects, and went on to do a double degree at university in Sydney.”

Tom is now 25 and runs his own social media business in Sydney.

Ten to 15 per cent of Australians have dyslexia, a disorder that involves difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters and other symbols.

“These kids are not lazy, dumb, stupid or naughty. They are smart articulate learners. They just have to be taught the way they learn,” Tom says.

SEMINAR

What: Free dyslexia seminar

When: Tuesday October 30, 1pm

Where: Smithton Club, 21-23 Smith Street

RSVP: 02 9436 3766 www.dyslexia.com.au/register

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