T. was a past pupil at the Dyslexia Teaching Centre, both as a child, then later as a student. Now he is an orthopaedic surgeon.
He wrote the following testimony:
“I was lucky enough for my dyslexia to be picked up at a relatively early age as my older brother had just been diagnosed at a time when it was not necessarily established as a recognised learning difficulty. Fortunately my dyslexia was mild enough to allow me to stay in main stream schooling with help from out of hours coaching which initially took the form of generic reading and writing skills but as I progressed through the years became subject specific to address particular areas of weakness. The greatest challenge was the change in study methods when moving from secondary education to medical school. Although I had been given guidance on independent learning it was a real shock to loose the hand-fed approach offered at school. To say I struggled would be an understatement. I am now ten years into my medical career and thoroughly enjoy practising as an orthopaedic surgeon. I recently completed a doctoral thesis and still have further exams to sit and even now I find that my study skills can be and do improve, mostly through trial and error. Although dyslexia has been been a hindrance there are definitely areas which I have found much easier than colleagues such as spatial awareness and practical skills.”