A woman who was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was six revealed what she really looks like when reading in an eye-opening TikTok video.
Lindsay Fleming, a licensed therapist who works with children and adolescents, shared her dyslexia reading challenge on TikTok, asking viewers to try reading a simulated passage where words are mixed and seem to jump here and there.
“Have you ever wondered what it is like for a dyslexic person to read in a classroom?” he asked at the beginning of the clip. “Well, I’m a licensed therapist and I have a challenge for you to find out what it’s like.”
Going Viral: Lindsay Fleming, a licensed therapist diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, shared her dyslexia reading challenge on TikTok
Fleming challenged TikTokers to duet the video as they attempted to read the passage, noting that “dyslexia is on a spectrum and the severity varies from person to person.”
As part of his demonstration, he used web code created by Swedish web developer Victor Widell.
The code keeps the first and last letter of each word the same, but shuffles the letters in the middle to make the letters seem to move in and out of place.
Dyslexia occurs in at least one in 10 people, affecting more than 700 million children and adults around the world, according to Dyslexia International.
How it is: Asked viewers to try to read a simulated passage where words are scrambled and seem to jump here and there
Eye opening: the simulation keeps the first and last letter of each word the same, but shuffles the letters in the middle to make the letters seem to move in and out of place
However, the effect is not the same for everyone. Dyslexia has a number of different definitions and descriptions, but is generally defined as a learning disability that affects the skills involved in reading and spelling accurate and fluent words.
It is associated with difficulties in reading, writing, spelling and organizing, which affect not only academic success but also self-esteem and socio-emotional development.
Some people have more extreme dyslexia and others less, as viewers noted in Fleming’s video comments.
Struggling: Many people who accepted her challenge tripped over words and gave up in half, with a TikTok user named Claire asking, “Are these words the same?”
Almost: TikTok user @ zombikitty6 started well, but then started tripping over his words
Many people who accepted her challenge stumbled upon words and gave up halfway, with a TikTok user named Claire asking, “Are these words the same?”
Another young woman who was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was five also had a hard time.
“Too big a word,” he said as he tried to read the passage. “I lost where I am … I give up.”
Lindsay told BuzzFeed News that the video describes what reading is like for her.
‘My eyes jump from different lines when reading. I struggle to read words that I fully understand when they are said aloud, “he explained.
Too real: Another young woman who was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was five also had a tough time
Using her voice: The therapist pointed out that she wants people to know that having dyslexia doesn’t mean you’re unintelligent.
Candida: Fleming admitted that he spent most of his life feeling like he wasn’t smart, saying, “I would like to spend more time on my strengths than my struggles.”
‘I often skip big words and use contextual clues to understand their meaning or recognize them.
The therapist pointed out that she wants people to know that having dyslexia doesn’t mean you’re not smart. He admitted that he spent most of his life feeling like he wasn’t smart.
“One thing I would like my team to do for me as I was growing up was to explain what dyslexia is and how my brain worked,” she said. ‘I would like to spend more time on my strengths than on my struggles.
“Teachers can help their dyslexic students by knowing the aspect of dyslexia and by supporting their students if they feel they are showing signs,” he added. “As for peers, I think continuing education on all disabilities is important.”