Inspirational Matilda is an award winner

Matilda McEwan who has won an award from British Dyslexia EMN-150212-152635009
Matilda McEwan who has won an award from British Dyslexia EMN-150212-152635009
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Over 50 per cent of workers behind space flight at NASA are said to be dyslexic.

That is one of the inspirational messages given by 10-year-old Matilda McEwan in a video on dyslexia which has now been viewed over 11,000 times.

The Year Six pupil who also has Irlen Syndrome - a problem with the brain’s ability to process visual information - wanted to highlight how dyslexia makes it much more difficult for her to do well at school.

And her determination was recognised when she was given the Child Award at the British Dyslexia Association’s (BDA’s) Annual Dyslexia Awards last Friday night at Gray’s Inn, London.

A certificate was presented to Matilda by TV star Anthea Turner and Michael Taylor, headmaster of Fairley House School - an independent school for children with specific learning difficulties - which sponsored the award.

And Matilda’s mum Claire was full of praise for her daughter and how she has raised awareness of living with dyslexia. She said: “I’m very proud of her. It’s an amazing achievement.

“She has a lot of frustration when it comes to doing homework. She holds it together at school very well, but when she’s home that’s when all the frustration comes out.”

Having seen her daughter’s annoyance at how difficult her homework appeared, Claire contacted the Young Dyslexics website which encouraged Matilda to make a video so her classmates at Folksworth CofE Primary School could understand the challenge she faces.

The video was published in May on Facebook and was so successful that it soon went viral and was viewed by thousands of people.

Claire added: “Since doing this she seems happy and more content.”

Matilda’s inspiration is Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell, who has also spoken about her difficulties with dyslexia.

A keen dancer and a footballer for the Peterborough United Development Team, Matilda’s video called ‘Why my pages are pink’ was about how when she tries to read black words on white paper they appear to move around, so she uses pink paper instead.

The video also named many successful people with dyslexia such as Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein.

Matilda said: “All my friends are really proud that I won and my teachers are very impressed.

“I felt really glad that I was making people understand more about dyslexia, that we are not stupid but just that our brains work differently.

“My school have been good as they buy pink books for me and pink paper.”

Dr Kate Saunders, CEO at the BDA, said: “Matilda’s story shows how important determination, support and awareness are.”

To view Matilda’s video visit www.youngdyslexics.co.uk/dyslexia-awareness-videos.