Why NurturingDyslexics.com?

1 in 5 children who pass through our one size fits all education system are on the dyslexia continuum, diagnosed or not. They are repeatedly dismissed as too dumb or unaidable leaving desperate parents with very few avenues to turn to. Our beautiful children are broken by the very system that is meant to nurture and raise them. These are promising young minds who are made to feel worthless over and over again because the system has failed to recognise their differences. Their struggles are often brushed under the rugs or the system recognises their existence but lacks the capacity to make the changes necessary to accommodate their uniqueness.

There is a need to change the narrative around dyslexia from that of ‘slow’, ‘not working hard enough’, ‘lazy’ to one of hardworking, passionate, uniquely different and worthy.

The year 2020 was tough but it also gave most of us the gift of time to put things into perspective. We got to experience first hand the struggles of our dyslexic children when it was time to log on for remote learning and we were lucky to see them flourish under our care.

Nurturing Dyslexics was founded during the lockdown to support dyslexic children and their families through this long lonely road ridden with obstacles that is uniquely ours. We are here with a commitment to empower dyslexics and their champions so that, they can discover the strengths within themselves and appreciate the uniqueness that dyslexia has offered them.

We aim at instilling a strong sense of self-worth in dyslexic children who have had unfair opportunities chipping away at their self-esteem throughout their existence. Our mission is to foster a community that celebrates the difference of dyslexia.

Not every dyslexic child is magically a genius. Oftentimes, we spend hours looking for the genius or outside the box thinking in our dyslexic kids failing to realise that it was in them all along, hidden in plain sight under the years self-doubt and shame that the society ingrained in them for not matching up to their peers. We aim to peel back at these negative layers of damaged self-esteem and provide the children with a platform to truly appreciate their uniqueness, take pride in their difference and revel in the knowledge that within their difference, lies their strength.

Nurturing dyslexics has two initiatives to fulfil the mission of creating a strong village that can support us through the shared journey of dyslexia.

  1. Nurturing Dyslexia Resources: Created by Zahra Nawaz a trained Oroton Gillingham practitioner through her experience in working with children with dyslexia and additional needs.
  2. Dystinct Magazine: We are the ultimate resource of inspiration and expertise for the families and educators of children with learning difficulties. Dystinct Magazine seeks to find the extra ordinary that lies within the ordinary. Every child with a learning difficulty is blessed to be distinctively different. We have set out to identify and nurture these differences to instill a strong sense of achievement in children who are often forgotten about. We also bring to you relevant Up-to-date advise from leading experts in the industry to help you navigate the path to success.

Who is behind NurturingDyslexics.com?

Zahra: Hello beautiful people! I’m Zahra Nawaz from Melbourne. While I’m not chasing after my boys or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, I work with children with dyslexia and additional needs. I’m an Orton Gillingham trained practitioner registered with the Australian Dyslexia Association. I’ve also undertaken advanced OG morphology and multisensory mathematics with Ron Yoshimoto. I’m a passionate advocate for children with dyslexia and additional needs. I trained to be a dentist and completed my Masters in Health and Human Services Management. I’m also a trained cognitive behaviour therapist and am studying to be a counsellor specialising in child development and expressive therapies.

Ashaz: Hi I’m Ashaz. I’m 9 years old. I like playing chess and soccer. I love drawing pokemon and illustrating books with mum and dad.

Adheen: Hi, I’m Adheen. I’m 7 years old. I love bird watching, beyblades, pokemon and taking care of my garden. I also like to go fishing. I illustrate books with my brother Ashaz and help mum practise her OG resources 😊.

Shaf is the tech and marketing guy behind our initiative. When he isn’t troubleshooting for Zahra, you can find him consulting to the airline and healthcare industries.