In the same way that it’s hard to explain to someone with perfect eyesight what it’s like to need glasses, people with dyslexia sometimes find they have a difficult time explaining to their peers what, exactly, reading is like for them.
The way in which dyslexia presents itself can vary from person to person, but one therapist decided to post a video trying to help others understand just what a challenge dyslexia can bring.
“Have you ever wondered what it’s like for someone to read who’s dyslexic in a classroom?” Lindsay Fleming asked her TikTok followers. “Well, I’m a licensed therapist and I have a challenge for you to find out what it’s like.”
Fleming shared a screenshot of several paragraphs, but with the letters all mixed around, and still actively moving.
“What I want you to do is duet this video and try to read what’s above me,” she said. “This is what it’s like.”
People began taking Fleming up on her challenge, and most attempts at reading from the ever-shifting screen went similarly.
Everyone started out strong, and could power through most of the words even with the letters all jumbled, but then they would get caught up on something. And the failure to understand that word would inevitably make it hard to understand the next, until pretty soon they were either skipping along through sentences or just giving up at the stumbling block.
This isn’t the first time Fleming has posted about dyslexia in an attempt to help others understand what it’s like.
And she isn’t the only one trying to raise awareness about dyslexia on TikTok. Quite a few other creators have shared their experiences struggling with it, and how it presents in their lives.
The more you know!