An Interview with the Interviewer! Atlanta Parent Magazine – Published October 2023
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Living with Dyslexia: A Student’s Perspective – Atlanta Parent
CONGRATULATIONS to Kahmara Landrum who was awarded the prestigious Gold Award from the Girls Scouts of America for her “Thinking Differently: An Inside Look on Dyslexia” project. The video series features interviews with students and adults with dyslexia, parents, teachers, and specialists. Each interview (below) sheds light on life with dyslexia and provides tips for others who may be struggling or starting their own journey.
Thank you, Kahmara, for your dedication to working with IDA-GA throughout your senior year of high school and from that hard work, producing a truly valuable resource for IDA-GA to offer to the public.
Hi, welcome to Thinking Differently. My name is Kahmara. “Thinking differently” is a project I created based on the questions and knowledge my family and I wish we had known when I was first diagnosed with Dyslexia.
I created “Thinking Differently” as a resource for those who are at the beginning phase of learning about life with Dyslexia. This video series is for young dyslexic students, their parents, and allies (friends, teachers, or anyone who cares to know more).
In my early years (K-3), I loved school – learning new topics, exploring new experiences, and making new friends. But in 3rd grade, school became increasingly more challenging, especially reading. After 2 years of working harder, academic interventions, and trying to figure out why it was so hard to keep up with my classmates, we suspected that it was not “me” but maybe how I learned. At the beginning of 5th grade, I was diagnosed with Dyslexia. I was told that reading, spelling, and memorization skills would not come easy to me, and although I already knew this, I hated being told I was different than my friends and classmates. I had so many questions, and while they were answered over time, I wish I had had someone who could relate to what I was experiencing as an 11-year-old. Through self-experience and years of access to various resources, I have finally learned how to manage and accept my Dyslexia for what it is, a way of thinking differently.
I have created this video series to shed light on Dyslexia and help those who, like me, are trying to understand what life with Dyslexia is like. This video series is for dyslexic children, loved ones, and allies who are just starting their own journeys with Dyslexia. Hearing from others who have been through what I have been through has been extremely useful to me. My hope is that this video series, made up of interviews with dyslexic students of different ages, parents of dyslexic children, and teachers/ tutors of dyslexic students, will be helpful to you. Dyslexia can be challenging, but hopefully, you will find these stories and tips as educational, motivational, and inspirational as I have. Let them empower you as you begin your journey.
Kahmara is featured in the Girl Scout Magazine: GSGATL – 2023 Highest Award Achievements by Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta – Issuu
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