Life as a Non-Reader
What is it like to be a non-reader?
- You shop for groceries by pictures on the packages. You might buy a can of Crisco shortening thinking you’re actually buying a can of fried chicken.
- You can’t read the instructions on a medicine bottle but are too embarrassed to tell the pharmacist. You run the risk of giving your child an overdose.
- You can’t read a map or a road sign.
- You can’t fill out a job application.
- You can’t understand the instruction labels on the machinery at work.
- You can’t help your child with homework and you won’t admit to the teacher that you can’t read the notes she sends home.
- You can’t enjoy the simple pleasure of snuggling with a good book at bedtime.
- You may be a non-reader because of a learning disability such as dyslexia – but not know it.
- You feel like a failure and an outcast. You hide your inability to read.
- As an adult, it is often very difficult to ask for help and to accept help.
- It is a challenge just to organize your daily life so that you can show-up for your tutoring sessions.