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  When reading the words would move around!
Updated 04 June 2003, 10.28

Danielle used to have problems with her school work, in particular reading.

In her report she talks about how coloured lenses helped her.

But also how it was a struggle to get people to understand what was wrong.

"I have to wear coloured glasses because when I read black on white the words would move around on the page.

When I first told my mum about it she thought I was mad and I told my friends but they said that I was faking it but I knew I wasn't.

Slow at reading

It all started in year three when one of my teachers said that I needed glasses because I was slow at reading and that I had a problem copying from the board.

So I went for an eye test and found out that I was long-sighted and had to have glasses.

Bad headaches

Then in year four I was going home nearly everyday because I was getting really bad headaches but we have now found out that I was suffering from migraines.

My teacher said that I was lazy and had nothing wrong with me but when I got into year five I got much worse.

I was sent from the optician to an eye specialist and then mum got in touch with the Dyslexic Association who tested me and discovered that coloured lenses would help me.

I now see him once or twice a year.

Highs and lows

I experienced a lot of different emotions because I didn't have anyone to help me and it took a long time to find out what the problem was.

Most of the time I would be fine and happy but then I would change and be really angry and go round yelling at people because I didn't know how to deal with it or who to tell.

Tell someone

My advice is not to keep it to yourself - as soon as you can, tell your parents and teachers so that they can help you.

I don't think that it is a good idea to tell your friends, not even your closest friends because they won't understand just like my friends didn't to start with."

Danielle, 14, Market Harborough

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