Dyslexic?

There are many people who were classified as "dyslexic" at school.

According to: https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/child-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/understanding-dyslexia

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability in reading. Kids with dyslexia have trouble reading accurately and fluently. They may also have trouble with reading comprehension, spelling and writing.

Obviously, not being able to read, and in some cases write, makes it so much more difficult to pass a learner's licence test, and a driving licence test, or any other tests or exams. It can be very difficult to pass school too.

Mr. Dylan Dellow was classified as dyslexic. He and his mother have given permission to share his story, to encourage other dyslexic people who also need to learn to drive.

Mr. Dellow passed his learner's licence test on 12th April 2017 after taking a weekly class from January 2016 to mid April 2017, at his own home. Private one-on-one training meant he did not have to be embarrassed in front of other clients learning at the same time. Mr. Dellow learnt at his own pace. There were many gaps in his education which had to be filled before he could even begin to understand the work.

There were times when it must have seemed daunting, but his very supportive mother, Mrs. Brenda Dellow, was an absolute angel consistently believing in her son and encouraging him all the way.

Mr. Dellow passed on his third attempt. No-one was more surprised than he was, since he had NEVER passed a single exam in his life. In fact, he was so delighted, he could not stop giggling afterwards. 

There is a new sense of self-respect and dignity we have not seen before, and it is high time. Too many years of feeling stupid. Too many insults. Too many people taking advantage of his good nature. Enough! This wonderful young man deserves his success! He worked very hard for it.


What a wonderful feeling to know that this can make all the difference in his life. With a driving licence, obtain good employment and become independently self-sufficient.

The very next day Mr. Dellow began his driving lessons and made incredibly quick progress in a very short space of time, proving his competency.

While dyslexia is very challenging, it need not be a cause of despair.
A very excited phone call to share the good news!
Mr. Dellow was no sooner home than he and his mother went to try driving in her car.

This programme is all about "Future Building."

With the help of Professional Driving Academy of South Africa (Pty) Ltd. dyslexic clients stand a chance of passing their learner's licence test by being taught differently.

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One technique used is by paying with our old childhood favourites, Matchbox cars, we can re-create traffic situations. There is a whole kit available to help, together with the official training material.

Special considerations:

When training a dyslexic client how to drive, things that we take for granted are not always so easy for them, while they can astound us with flashes of brilliance and insight at other times. 

- In fact, dyslexic clients can be sources of great pleasure, delighting us with their refreshingly unique outlook on life, like hidden treasure.

Of course, each person is an individual and may not have difficulties with the same things.

Here is an example: When teaching a dyslexic client the first rule of the road they might not know left from right:

So this could be very difficult for a dyslexic client to understand, but if he or she does not work it out for themselves, how will they be able to drive on our roads without causing a head-on collision?

So, we use our Matchbox cars to help. The car might be placed on the right side of the road we have drawn.


It can take quite some time for a dyslexic client to figure out what is wrong in the picture above. 

By playing with cars, and simulating head-on-head collisions,the dyslexic client realises the vehicle must drive on the LEFT of the road. 

There can be no rushing a dyslexic client. They deserve to be treated with respect, like everybody else. They also deserve the right to understand the work for the rest of their lives, not just enough to get them through the test.

To wait and watch while a dyslexic person's mind gradually opens and understands, is like watching a tight bud slowly opening. Their delight when they grasp something, is lovely to watch. This is such a huge privilege!

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It is also an awesome responsibility.

When we must teach measurements, it can be a HUGE challenge!

If a person has NO IDEA what a millimetre is compared to a centimetre, compared to a meter, compared to a kilometre, it is not easy 

It means going outside to measure, and taking a tape measure along:

 
And having a ruler on the table to understand the differences between centimetres and milimetres. 


Why do learner drivers need to know measurements?

It can take a while to train a dyslexic client just what the law means when we train them to know that parking lights are used when parked more than 12m from lighted street lights, for example, and why:

 



Measuring distance:

It takes time to understand that passing beams (dim lights) must shine for 45m and are set to angle to the left of roads, to see what is on pavements and coming out of side roads, while stopping at the centre of the road to avoiding blinding the eyes of oncoming drivers. 

Mr. Dellow probably knows this work far better than the average driver now, but it was not easy. He was easily distracted and prone to getting everything right one day and everything wrong the next day. At times we were all discouraged, but he would always amaze us, time and again.

Driving beams or Bright lights may not be used unless the next driver is at least 100 m ahead.



Mr Dellow understandably lacked self-confidence. Clearly anybody who has never passed a school exam and been laughed at by his peers, has endured many crushing defeats in his life. Yet his sunny, generous nature consistently carried him over all difficulties.

Questions such as whether it was illegal to park 4m from an intersection or not, puzzled him.(The law indicates that 5m must be kept open on all corners to allow us to see if it is safe to put ourselves in a position where we could be seriously injured, or not). This distance is easily remembered by counting the letters in the word - C R O S S road.

All sorts of easy ways were taught to him to help Mr. Dellow to work out the correct answer.

Learning about it being illegal to park closer than 6m from B R I D G E, T U N N E L or S U B W A Y was challenging, until Mr Dellow was taught to count the letters in the words. He first had to learn to count. When one and one makes two is difficult, then learning not to stop more than 450mm within the roadway.
Then there was the illiteracy.

Illiteracy is defined "as a lack of ability to read and write."
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/illiteracy

While being trained for his learner's licence test, Mr. Dellow was simultaneously taught to read by breaking words up into syllables.

e.g: Trans port, veh icle, road way, free way, etc.

Mr Dellow is beginning to enjoy reading for the first time in his life. He can actually begin to see there is a possibility of reading and enjoying a nice story.

So yes, it took a long time to get to this point, but Mr. Dellow is a lot more prepared to face life as an adult now. 

Every Dyslexic client deserves the same opportunity. 

It must be understood though that the new computerised test has a database of 1500 questions. The computer randomly selects 30 rules of the road, 30 road signs and 8 controls of the vehicle from this wide database. Time must be allowed to prepare the clients to know all of this work thoroughly. Parents can assist by seeing the correct training material on www.saidinational.org Licence tests Computerised test links in gold. This is free of charge.