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TikTok video shows what it is like to read if you have dyslexia

A therapist has shared a video on TikTok which helps people understand what it can be like to read if you suffer from dyslexia. (Getty Images)
A therapist has shared a video on TikTok which helps people understand what it can be like to read if you suffer from dyslexia. (Getty Images)

A therapist has shared a video to TikTok showing what people with dyslexia may see when they try to read – and challenged others to give it a go.

Lindsay Fleming, a licensed therapist for children and teenagers, was herself diagnosed with dyslexia as a child.

She posted the clip to the video-sharing platform to highlight what trying to read can feel like for some people who have dyslexia, although she adds that the disorder varies from person to person.

“Have you ever wondered what it’s like for someone to read who is dyslexic in a classroom?” Fleming asks in the video.

“Well, I’m a licensed therapist and I have a challenge for you to find out what it’s like.”

She goes on to encourage viewers to try to read the passage of jumbled letters and words that appear above her in the clip.

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The video shows the letters move and change, making many of the words appear indecipherable.

“That’s what it’s like,” she adds.

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The therapist goes on to point out in the comments that those who suffer from dyslexia are “on a spectrum” and not everyone’s experience will be the same.

Fleming added that some people who suffer from dyslexia say their eyes skip over lines.

Since Fleming shared the informative clip, it has been viewed more than 68k times and received thousands of likes, with many users praising the therapist for helping them to understand more about dyslexia.

“Mostly I had to use context clues to figure out what was being written, it was tough for sure,” one TikTok user wrote.

“Thank you for sharing this and giving me a better understanding! It’s important for people to see things from others perspectives,” another commented.

Watch: Dyslexic creates a harp with rainbow strings to help her play

People who suffer from dyslexia also added their thanks.

“As a dyslexic I love that this is being spread to help with awareness. I could never explain it correctly to people,” one person wrote.

“So glad you posted this,” another shared. “So frustrating when people think being dyslexic means you aren’t as intelligent, it’s just another way of seeing things.”

Read more: 10-year-old’s powerful poem about dyslexia goes viral

The TikTok video aimed to show what it is like for some with dyslexia. (Posed by model, Getty Images
The TikTok video aimed to show what it is like for some with dyslexia. (Posed by model, Getty Images

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a neurological difference, which can have a significant impact during education, in the workplace and in everyday life, according to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) .

It is estimated that 10% of the population could be dyslexic, but despite being fairly common, dyslexia is still often poorly

Former British Cycling Doctor Hadn’t Read All Anti-Doping Guidance

MANCHESTER—The former medical doctor for British Cycling and Team Sky has told a tribunal he had not read the crucial guidance on anti-doping rules when he ordered a prohibited substance.

Dr Richard Freeman admits ordering sachets of Testogel to the Velodrome in Manchester in May 2011 but insists he was bullied into obtaining it for coach Shane Sutton to help with his erectile dysfunction.

Today Dr Freeman continued his evidence at the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service where he denied Testogel was ordered for an athlete and said the suggestion was “offensive”. He also claimed for the first time, after giving three separate statements, that he had destroyed the package at the time.



Record Keeping

Previously Dr Freeman had already admitted lying in the aftermath, getting an employee of Fit For Sport to say the drug had been sent in error, and a series of poor record keeping.

Earlier in the week he claimed Mr Sutton swore him to secrecy about his erectile dysfunction. He says he got him Viagra and Cialis to deal with the condition and claimed he wrote him a prescription  which his personal assistant would use to pick up packages from Asda or Boots.

Representing the General Medical Council, Simon Jackson QC asked Dr Freeman how this squared with his claim that Mr Sutton was secretive about it.

Dr Freeman said the details of the prescription would only be known by the pharmacist and it would be placed in a sealed bag. 
He was then asked about how records would be kept on this.

He said: “I would expect them to keep them for a long time and for them to be easily accessible.”

Mr Jackson then asked about the order of Testogel and why this procedure was not applied, saying: “That might be a reason for not writing a prescription for which there would be a record showing you had signed it and that had Mr Sutton’s name on it.”

Dr Freeman replied: “It is not the reason I would have considered but I can see the point.”

Anti-Doping

He was quizzed about his knowledge of anti-doping legislation, and whether he should have known that possession of Testogel was a breach of the rules.

Mr Jackson asked: “He [Shane Sutton] would fall under the WADA code as an athlete support person?”

Dr Freeman responded: “I wasn’t particularly proficient in the code.”

Mr Jackson said it had been in place since 2009 and Dr Freeman said he believed that was the case and claimed he had “not read the small print about rider’s health”.

The GMC representative then asked:  “You must have realised that on the face of it you’re not supposed to be in possession of testosterone unless … do you accept that?”

The doctor said: “I fully accept testosterone is a banned drug for athletes, at the time I was thinking of Mr Sutton as a patient not as a rider or ex-rider.”

Knowledge

Mr Jackson then took exception to his claim of not knowing