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Book deal for Alais
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A Pembrokeshire College lecturer is celebrating after securing her first publishing deal for her book ‘I Don’t Get It.’
Having struggled with dyslexia throughout her life, College lecturer Alais Winton, decided to put her experiences of coping with dyslexia to good use through a collection of tried and tested learning strategies aimed at helping young people to deal with dyslexia.
At school Alais always struggled with reading and writing but wasn’t diagnosed with dyslexia until her second year at university by which time she had developed coping strategies including mind mapping, colour coding and pictographic references.
Having always wanted to write a book, Alais seized the opportunity to pursue her dream when the College asked its staff for ideas, innovations or inventions.
“The idea to write this was keeping me awake, it kept going round and round in my head,” she said. “How useful it would be for young people to have this information from someone who has experienced it.” The book is made up of strategies that Alais has picked up over the last 20 years.
Alais added: “Because I’m dyslexic myself, because I’m a teacher and because I love learning I have changed my strategies on how I deal with things like exams. It has really helped lower my stress levels and a year and a half ago I went onto get 100% in two exams I had to take.”
The book took Alais 18 months to write and was snapped up last month by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. It should be available, both to download and in print format, by the end of next year.
“I hope that it will reach somebody that needs it that it will make a difference to them,” said Alais. “If it changes just one person and helps them get better grades in their exams it will be worth it.”