Dyslexia books proving popular

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HELPING others to understand dyslexia has prompted teenagers Xavier Thompson and Tiaan Black to write books.
Both have been diagnosed as dyslexic and see it as a positive.
Southland Boys’ High School pupil Xavier, who enjoys art and wants to work in adventure tourism, said he wrote his book, My Book on How Dyslexics think, to inform people about dyslexia and help them understand.
‘‘Heaps of people don’t know about dyslexia.’’
Tiaan, who enjoys woodwork and metalwork at Verdon College, summed up his thoughts on dyslexia. ‘‘We are fantastic… we just think in different ways.’’
Due to continued demand, Xavier’s book, which was first published in 2012, is now into its third printing. He said he was inspired to create his own book after seeing images in Dr Sally Shaywitz’s book Overcoming Dyslexia, which compared the areas of the brain dyslexics used to others when reading.
He began by making a clay brain, and researched books from the Invercargill Library’s children’s section. With help from his mother, who collated stories from others, they have produced the informative book.
Tiaan’s book, The Intruded Volcano Called Bluff, first published two years ago, has also been reproduced due to demand.
He said his book originally began as a school project, which he wanted to ‘‘take a step further’’.
He wrote and illustrated it with help from his tutor Kay Roughan, GNS Science geologist Nick Mortimer, and Southland Rock Club members.
The books can be purchased for $10 each or $15 for two. Contact Bee Pikia, 027 525 1720 or bee.pikia@hotmail, or Kelly Fewster 027 337 9790. For more information about dyslexia go to www.dyslexiasupportsouthland.co.nz.

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