GroOops Dyslexia Aware Counselling
Late Autumn Newsletter
Hello there. It’s been a while!
Greetings from our GroOops Dyslexia Aware Counselling base as we watch the Autumn colours shifting and changing, preparing us for the quietness of winter and, yes, another lockdown. Eventually, this too will pass, Spring will come and we will do our very best to support you throughout the next few months.
Things have been pretty tough for everyone of late and we’ve noticed over the months that people have become progressively weary. It’s been a very difficult time with things changing on a weekly if not daily basis. And now we find ourselves contending with another lockdown. Without those pillars of normality there has been a sense of being unheld and vulnerable – and human beings really don’t like that. We yearn for security and a network of support – all of which has recently been taken away from us.
As *dyslexic people we have often created strategies to cope with a lifetime of ‘not knowing’ and in some ways we are better prepared to cope with the dynamics of lockdown than our neurotypical cousins. Life has taken on a different pace, a different rhythm which, on the whole, has worked to our benefit.
What we’ve been up to:
Pretty much all our dyslexia aware counselling work is now online either via Skype, WhatsApp or Zoom depending on the needs of the client. This means we can continue to support our dyslexic community during this unprecedented time. As, historically we have clients all over the world, this way of working is not new to us. As usual, we have found new and innovative ways to make it engaging and transformative.
If you are interested in hearing more about our unique dyslexia aware counselling approach do get in contact. We have a NETWORK of dyslexia aware counsellors – all of whom have attended our INTRODUCTION TO THE DYSLEXIA AWARE THERAPEUTIC APPROACH and all of whom identify as neurodiverse.
Pennie did a webinar for the Dyslexia Association of London at the beginning of lockdown which you can listen to here and may offer some ideas of how to continue coping over the next few months.
She also contributed to a discussion panel for ‘Move Beyond Words’ – in collaboration with City Lit’s Mental Wealth week featuring UN[BOX]ED which explores how one person faces the challenges of feeling trapped by dyslexia through a dance film. You can view this here.
In addition Pennie wrote a blog for PESI and this can be read here.
INTRO TO THE DYSLEXIA AWARE THERAPUTIC APPROACH
We’ve had to cancel our training days twice this year. We thought long and hard as to whether it would transfer online and the short answer we came up with was – NO. For the participants, it’s as much about replenishing in a dyslexia aware and dyslexia friendly environment as well as learning all about yourself and developing your dyslexic identity. Our retreat style approach, in it’s beautiful setting, cannot be replicated online - and so we will wait. Hopefully by next April and/or October 2021.
We have a waiting list of interested parties. If you would like your name to be included just drop a line to Amanda.
What we may well be doing is putting our DYSLEXIA and RELATIONSHIPS course in a webinar so if you are interested do put your name down.
In the meantime, keep on keeping on. Thinking of you all.