As a child, I was active, imaginative and asked endless questions. In the classroom however, I shied away from learning to read and write. Luckily for me, my school teachers recognised I may have been dyslexic from an early age. At just seven years old, I was first assessed at the Helen Arkell Charity with the aid of an assessment bursary.
Feeling inspired to help me in any way she could, my mum patiently and diligently sat with me learning times tables, endlessly reading books and checking all my spellings. But in seeing my struggle, she wanted to understand how she could teach me in ways that suited my neurodiversity. Again, we returned to the Helen Arkell Charity, only this time it was for her. Taking course after course, my mum studied for years to become a Level 7 OCR-accredited teacher for children with specific learning difficulties, before finally becoming a certified SENCo. All of this, while also teaching me in a creative, personalised way.