It is I the news because a professor has written a book debunking the notion of the ailment.
On this subject, I have some experience because one of my boys was diagnosed as dyslexic when he was very young, seven I think. He was officially statemented which costÂ us a few bobÂ and his condition remains to this day?
This diagnosis would go on to cost me a fortune because my wifeÂ decided that our sonÂ neededÂ a private school toÂ get the necessary attention.Â And who am I to argue? But then what about his brothers who came along? Not dyslexic but what we have done for one child…Â So we sent them as well to the same privateÂ primary school and they have all since gone onÂ to comprehensive secondary schools.
So the money I have shelled out on account of dyslexia? I dread to think.
But a wise investment as it transpired and like so many things in life, an inadvertent upside.
Because it was at this school that my wife saw a dance class being advertised and it was atÂ this class thatÂ would lead to the west end and Hollywood for the boy who got his letters jumbled up.
And so I don’t resent the diagnosis at all. Tom and his twin brothers loved the school and Paddy would have gone there too if the recession hadn’t blown in and almost knocked me over.
But what of dyslexia and do I believe in it?
Being truthful, I was never happy with the diagnosis. I have never beenÂ comfortable with saying that my son has the condition. I just believe that some kids have an issue with literacy in the same way that some kids are gifted at maths and that these anomalies are normal and doÂ not need labels orÂ to be explained away byÂ bodies of experts.
I failed my English Language O Level the first time around. Not because I was stupid asÂ I thought at the time. But because I was a summer baby and hideously immature compared to my peers – which I have of course now grown out of now.
I am not comfortable with any of theseÂ newÂ conditions that we now have.Â Even with good intentions – these conditionsÂ also come with anÂ agenda that is undeniable. Legions of professionals who make a living from them and not to mention the big Pharma companies with prescription drugs they would like us to take.