Dr Deepa Raja
I skipped a few heartbeats when I came to know for the first time that my child is dyslexic. Because not only Rajkot, even in Mumbai there are no facilities that could support my child. At last I had to buckle up. So I decided to move to London to get more help and I knew that if I had to help him persistently, I will have to qualify myself in depth and Dyslexia – became my passion. The learning process started and I was fortunate to get admissions easily in the universities of U.K due to Medical background.
I was fortunate to be able to study and take interventions but it’s not possible for everyone to do this. Now it’s my turn to give it back to the society. I started to establish activities in my own home ground, Rajkot. It was a great struggle to convince parents and teachers to convince for students’ diagnosis. We made a lot of efforts under iSEN Multisensory Centers with support of TGES are open to people of Rajkot where basic assessment is done and based on knowing the strengths and weaknesses of a learner, Intervention plan is made and executed to help a learner with his literacy skills and self- esteem. We are also serving in schools in Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Kutch to develop a Dyslexia friendly environment.
During the studies, I came across the difficulties a dyslexic kid goes through like they experience discomfort like reversals and mirror images of letters, numbers , left-right confusion should be mentioned as that is the first sign, where teachers/ parents can pick up and later when looking at bright lights, certain patterns, strong contrasts or some kinds of printed pages. If untreated, it can cause headaches, migraines or even seizures. It is a staggering fact that 1 in 10 people are affected by dyslexia. But if treated at prior age, the kid could be a wonder kid and we have examples like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Pierre Curie, Leonardo da Vinci, Henry Ford, Orlando Bloom, Tom Cruise, Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg and the list goes on. As a growing society, we all need to hold hands to understand that we do not loose many Einstein’s, Picasso’s, or Tom Cruise in the crowd due to our IGNORANCE.