Oliver gets an A* from me

I received a really lovely message from an eight-year-old who has dyslexia. Oliver chose to feature me for his school report, where the children dressed up as their biography personalities and act in character. 

He sent me over the video where he was dressed up as me. I could barely tell that it wasn’t me when I was younger with the flowing locks of blonde hair, my signature t-shirt and blazer combo, a red Virgin hat and a Virgin record clutched in his hands. I think I’ve found my doppelganger!

Oliver said he decided to feature me because I haven’t let my dyslexia stopped me from being successful.

He also says that he had had trouble learning how to read but he works very hard at it and now enjoys reading. Reading is not the only thing you can conquer Oliver – you can achieve anything you want if you put your mind to it and work really hard.

It’s great to see your positive attitude at such a young age – hold on to this as it will help you overcome any challenges in your life. 

Oliver says his favourite subject is science and he loves playing guitar and visiting new places. Whether you have dyslexia or not, you should pursue your passions and whatever gets you excited. You’re more likely to be really good at something and work hard at it if you enjoy it.

I’m really glad that Oliver has had the support he needs to help him to read. It’s really important that dyslexic children like Oliver are nurtured and encouraged to fulfil their potential. This only happens when teachers and parents realise that dyslexia is not a disadvantage but just a different, creative way of thinking. Made By Dyslexia is a great charity that is working to end the stigma around dyslexia, head over to their website to learn more.

Oliver finishes the video by saying if he could give one message to the world it would be: “Even if you have difficulties you can still do big things.”

Well said, Oliver. I’d give your school report an A*! 

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