Reversed: A Memoir

This book is certainly not for everyone but will interest and please any parent dedicated to teaching a child with learning difficulties.

About The Book

In 1995, the school diagnostician called a seven-year-old “the worst child seen in 20 years of teaching.” Can a child’s fate be sealed by such a diagnosis? Well, in 2018, that boy received a Ph.D. from Oxford University.

Do you have a child struggling with reading? What labels has your child been given? How do you feel they will progress through school? This is a story for you.

Every parent has high hopes for their children. When Lois Letchford learns her son has been diagnosed with a low IQ at the end of grade one, she refuses to give up on his future.

After thorough testing, Nicholas proves to have no spatial awareness, limited concentration, and can only read ten words. Although discouraged, Lois knows things have to improve. After all, her son is young, and every child learns at their own pace.

But once Nicholas is labeled “learning disabled,” a designation considered more derogatory than “dyslexia,” the world of education is quick to cast him aside.

Determined to prove them all wrong, Lois temporarily removes her son from the school system and begins working with him one-on-one. She has no formal reading education herself, and no one to guide her. But she has hope and the strength of will to persevere. And sometimes that’s all you need.

What happens next is a journey—spanning three continents, unique teaching experiments, never-ending battles with the school system, a mother’s discovery of her own learning blocks, and a bond fueled by the desire to rid Nicholas of the “disabled” label.

“Reversed” is a memoir of profound determination that follows the highs and lows of overcoming impossible odds, turning one woman into a passionate teacher for children who have been left behind. Nothing is impossible when one digs deep, and looks at students through a new lens.

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Lois E Letchford

About the Author

At the age of 39, Lois recognized that she was dyslexic. Since then, she has specialized in teaching children who have struggled to read, working with students of all ages in Australia, England, and the United States. Her dyslexia has assisted her in creating a variety of teaching methods taking into account the reading ability of the student, employing age-appropriate, rather than reading-age-appropriate, material. Several of her students have gone on to graduate from college.Her non-traditional background, multi-continental exposure, and passion for helping failing students have equipped her with a unique skill set and perspective. Despite struggling in school, Lois qualified as a physical education teacher, and more recently completing a Master’s in Literacy and Reading from the State University of New York at Albany. Lois has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences. She is a member of the Australian College of Education, the International Literacy Association and the International Dyslexia Association. Lois continues to work with students to provide education and support to their teachers.“Reversed: A Memoir” (Acorn Publishing), the story of her son’s—and her own—learning disability, is her first book.

Reversed: A Memoir

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