The Voice of the Loy Norrix Community

Knight Life

The Voice of the Loy Norrix Community

Knight Life

The Voice of the Loy Norrix Community

Knight Life

Subscribe to the Newsletter
What is one thing you are looking forward to in the spring?
What is one thing you are looking forward to in the spring?
McKenzie Nuyen and Venelope Ortiz March 4, 2024

‘Korpsve’ uses technology to break the music mold
‘Korpsve’ uses technology to break the music mold
Rosie Hill, Feature Editor • March 1, 2024

Upon first glance at senior Dalea Campbell, her bold makeup, unconventional outfits, and spiky accessories would make you think he’s an interesting...

French translator, Marie Marcoux is helping to facilitate the conversation between Knight Life reporters and Gabonese journalists. The conversation was on environmental writing.
Journalists from Gabon meet with Knight Life reporters for a cultural and educational exchange
Sophia Ciokajlo, Photo Editor • February 29, 2024

Gabon is an African country that is located on the west coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The official language of Gabon is French, as the country...

Loy Norrix Junior Describes Life with Dyslexia

By Alex Jones

Alexandra Jones
Junior Drake Olson finds that his strengths blossom outside of the classroom. He enjoys working on cars with his father in his free time. It allows him to break free from the everyday struggle of being dyslexic and excel at what he loves. Photo Credit, Alex Jones

As most children do, junior Drake Olson began learning how to read and write in kindergarten. The children around him began excelling and reading novels with ease, however, despite tremendous hard work and frustration, Olson wasn’t growing at the same pace.
“I couldn’t understand how or why all of the other kids my age were able to read so effortlessly and I was struggling so much, I felt so angry and embarrassed. It made me think I was always the dumbest kid in the room,” said Olson, when asked about his experiences as a child.
Around age 8, Olson and his family were approached by his third grade teacher, Amy Richmond. She brought it to his parents attention that he was having trouble with reading and suggested that there may be an underlying issue. Olson later came to the realization that he suffers from dyslexia, like 43.5 million other Americans, according to an article by the “Society for Neuroscience.”
Dyslexia is defined by the International Dyslexia Association, as a disorder that causes difficulty in word recognition, fluent reading and spelling. Unfortunately, most cases go undiagnosed or are simply dismissed. The disorder can make mindless everyday tasks, like reading a menu, seem daunting.
“It has made everyday life very difficult at times. I can’t read aloud in class without going over the text in my head a thousand times. I can’t skim read a book and get the basic idea like other people can,” said Olson.
Most people are unaware of dyslexia and how it can affect learning and growth. About 70-80 percent of children who are placed in special education for learning disabilities are dyslexic, according to the Online Learning Center for Dyslexia. The disorder impacts the lives of many individuals and appears in many different severities.
Olson has had to work much harder than most children. He has had to practice reading at home constantly, rewrite papers multiple times and resort to audiobooks when trying to understand material. Through repetitive work, determination and a drive for success, he has learned to overcome the adversity.
“It is important that people with dyslexia aren’t viewed as any different than anyone else. I just have to work a little harder than everyone else does, and it has taught me so much about working hard to achieve the things that I want to, regardless of the setbacks,” said Olson.

Leave a Comment
More to Discover

Comments (0)

All Knight Life Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Activate Search
The Voice of the Loy Norrix Community
Loy Norrix Junior Describes Life with Dyslexia