Lately, I’ve seen dyslexia related issues appear on social media more and more. I’m glad for the increase in awareness. For me, the issue of dyslexia is personal. I am dyslexic. My middle school age son is also dyslexic. Not surprisingly, dyslexia is a huge issue in my household.
There are thirty-five ways dyslexia can manifest. Of all of these manisfestations, reversal of “mirror image” letters—and numbers—is the most well-known (“b” & “d,” “q” & “p,” “6” & “9”). Less well known dyslexia traits include word “blindness” (when you can’t see an entire word) as well as a sundry of phonological weaknesses. My son and I share many of these traits.
I was lucky to grow up in New York City in the 1970’s. My parents found a center dedicated to dyslexics. After three years of therapy, I was able to “see” numbers, letters, and even entire words. I am now a full time contracts attorney, as well as a full-time author. I can’t fathom how different my life would be today if my parents hadn’t gotten me the help I desperately needed as a child. If I couldn’t read or write, my dual careers obviously never could have happened.
Because I know how important dyslexia therapy is, I moved mountains to find dyslexia services for my son. I started searching for therapy centers as soon as he started manifesting the traits, at around third grade. Unfortunately, in my New England suburb, finding help for him was extremely difficult. The public school system fought hard against providing services, and the only private therapy center I could find had a waiting list over two years long.
Eventually, I was able to hire a Certified Dyslexia Teacher. It took me half a year to find her. Fortunately, she was willing to teach my son, despite her already full tutoring schedule. The gratitude I have to her is immeasurable. So much so, she is mentioned in the dedication page of my new book, BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS (Building Love series #1). It was gratifying to see her reaction when she saw her name on the page.
My son is now almost three years into his dyslexia therapy. I am happy to say he is thriving. I can only hope his growth continues. Because for my son, studying is so much harder. I always worry about his keeping up with his classmates. I know firsthand that living with dyslexia is not an easy path. I wish his journey was easier.
I write romance novels because so much in my life hinges on the HEA—the “happy ever after.” When I created my hero, Ty Orland, the multi-millionaire CEO in BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS (Building Love series #1), I made him dyslexic. Writing this part of my hero’s backstory was my own way of proving to myself that HEA’s for dyslexics can happen. I hope my son gets his HEA in life, too.
BETTING ON LOVE IN VEGAS is not just dedicated to a wonderful dyslexia teacher. It is also dedicated to my son.
What personal battles have you faced?
Book blurb for BUILDING LOVE IN VEGAS
Catherine “Cat” Warner has problems. The profits from her inns are down. The pressure from her parents is up. Her love life is non-existent. But Cat did manage to get the attention of tough, powerful, gorgeous hotel magnate Ty Orland. Unfortunately, his interest in her is for all the wrong reasons. Instead of wanting Cat, this debonair CEO only wants her land—a parcel he desperately needs for his next big development deal. Too bad, it’s not for sale. A people pleaser by nature, Cat knows to stand strong. If she caves in to the demands of this sexy, alluring man, it will be her own neck on the line.
Ty Orland has a lot of things going for him. Success. Power. Respect. Unfortunately, he’s also got an old chip on his shoulder and a new financial nightmare. His development deal is going down in flames—and fast. His only way out is if Cat sells him her strategically located parcel. But romancing the land from her is not easy when love gets in the way. The woman is as beautiful as she is beguiling. And Ty no longer knows which prize is more valuable.
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