Engaging with books
I was identified with dyslexia 4 years ago. Until then, I struggled to engage with books. However, when I was identified with dyslexia, I became aware of how dyslexia affects me. This self-awareness allowed me to develop an approach to books that works for me.
How I engage with the Bible
Due to dyslexic difficulties I struggle to ‘take in’ the Bible if I only use print to access it. So I need to use an approach that is:
- multi-sensory, e.g. I listen to a chapter in audio to back up my reading of it;
- interactive e.g. I ‘act out’ or retell a chapter in my own words; and
- strategic – I use strategies and adapt my approach to each chapter.
Helping others by sharing good practice
I want others to benefit from what I’ve discovered on my journey with the Bible to date. So I’ve written an article in which I detail the versions, approaches and strategies I use to engage with the Bible. What is good practice for dyslexics is good practice for everyone else too.
So my article is for everyone. It is relevant for all ages – adults as well as young people and children. It can be used as a self-help resource or by people who wish to support others to engage with the Bible.
Accessing my article
For further information on dyslexia
Please refer to dyslexia organisations in your country.
For further information on engaging with books
See under ‘Guides by Others’ at http://www.seeingear.org/resources/dyslexia
This post is authored by Aurora Betony, a dyslexic adult who was identified with dyslexia in mid adulthood. Since then, she has been looking for ways to self-help individually and as part of a community of dyslexic people.