Hi, I am Diti Mandavia from Gujarat. My hobbies include making all types of artworks and playing sports. My goal is to become a singer in the future. When I was in the 1st grade, I realised I had dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty in reading. It occurs in children with normal vision and intelligence. Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that affects an individual’s ability to process written or spoken language. People with dyslexia often experience confusion over letters that look similar and may write them the wrong way round, such as writing ‘b’ instead of ‘d’.
I experienced these symptoms myself.
- Daily Struggle
My daily struggle was quite tiring when I was six years old. My school timing was from 8.30am to 4pm. After school, I used to go to tuition classes to improve my reading skills. I would sleep in the car until I reached the tuition centre. I spent two hours in tuitions and returned home only around 8.30pm. I would have dinner and do homework until 10.50pm before going to bed at 11pm.
- When I Used to Cry
I used to get nervous whenever assessments were announced. On those days, I would cry because I believed I wouldn’t get good marks and people would judge me based on my grades. However, there was no such pressure at my school. We didn’t have to stress so much about semester exams and final exams. Still, I would feel tense and cry.
- Important People in My Life
During my hard times, my parents and my sister were important people who helped me a lot. Mohit Patel Sir and Hyacinth Pulickan Ma’am suggested tuitions for me and provided support. Many teachers, such as Sonal Pala Ma’am, Saloni Rawal Ma’am and Sapna Rathod Ma’am, assisted me in improving my reading skills. All my teachers contributed to my reading improvement.
- What Hurt Me
I felt ignored because my sister and I were in the same class and she was the topper in all subjects. Everyone always asked about my sister, Diya, and everyone seemed to ignore me. It made me feel left out. Sometimes, my classmates would call and ask for my sister. If I answered the call, they would immediately request to speak with Diya without even greeting me. It made me feel like crying inside.
However, now I have gained confidence and have improved a lot. I enjoy studying in all subjects, especially reading. I can speak English very well.