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Malton mum helps to spread word about dyslexia
11:45am Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
A MOTHER-of-two whose son has been diagnosed with dyslexia is setting up a support group for parents of children with learning difficulties.
Mandy Carpenter, 43, of Malton, said it felt like “a bolt of lightning” when teachers raised their concerns that her son Jamie, who was seven at the time, might have dyslexia.
“I just thought, where do I turn now? I didn’t know what to do and where to go so all the support I have had to find myself,” said Mandy.
Teachers at Malton Primary School first alerted Mandy that Jamie, who is now 10, might have dyslexia in September last year. Six months later, after undergoing several assessments, Jamie was told he had dyslexia.
Mandy said: “I wanted to do it to give Jamie peace of mind. He often felt thick and stupid and I wanted him to know that it wasn’t him.
“He was there when the man told us his findings and he now knows that his brain works differently and he’s quite happy to explain that to people.”
Mandy, who also has a seven-year-old son, Kyle, has since decided to set up a support group for parents of children with learning difficulties to help them access the support and advice they need.
She said: “The group is for anyone who has a child with learning difficulties, who wants to know what help and support is on offer to them.
“We will be getting speakers and experts in depending on what people want to know.
“I want people to know that there is always some help there at the end of the line.”
The group is open to parents outside of Malton as well and is hopes to hold meetings on a monthly basis.
If you are interested in finding out more about the support group, phone Mandy Carpenter on 07772 652415.