A brief interview with Dr. Lindsay Peer after the workshop “Reaching & Teaching Children with Dyslexia and /or Other Learning Disabilities”

Interview by Laia Vintro and Kristina Augustinaite

The first question that interests us is what led you to become interested in dyslexia?

My interest grew through observing the unexplained difficulties of my son. As a mother I looked for reasons for his difficulties and having found them trained in dyslexia. I then made the link to Glue Ear.

What attracted you most to do PhD about this condition?

I was tempted to explore various routes, meanwhile the PhD required to stay on the narrow route which helped me deepen the knowledge about the Multilingualism, Dyslexia and Glue Ear.

What would you investigate if you had the chance to start your career / studies again?

I would probably choose an area of mental health or child psychiatry and link it to young people with learning disabilities.

What was the most interesting case during your practise?

That was a case of a bright 16-year-old boy whose IQ was greater than 140 but who could not read and had signs of suicidal behaviour. It turned out that in addition to his dyslexia, he had a visual problem; he could only read with a yellow filter put over the text and by turning the book upside down. It was really a bizarre case.

What was the greatest inspiration in your work?

That was the great success of my son whom I was told should attend a school for ‘ineducable children’. He now holds a MA in Architecture and is a successful Architect.

What is your main occupation at the moment?

Most of my everyday activities involve working with young people with special educational needs and their parents helping to secure special needs provision. I also design educational programmes and work with educators.  It is crucial to establish close interaction between the child, the school and parents. I also lecture internationally spreading the message about identification and provision.

Do you have some plans to write one more book?

If I wrote another one, I would try to raise awareness in teachers and parents of the link between special educational needs and mental health issues. It is important to understand the whole child; it is equally important that children understand themselves so that they can fulfil their potential and ultimately find a place for themselves in society – academically, socially emotionally. 

Thank you!

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