Videos to encourage dyslexics?

Struggling learners understandably get discouraged. Many videos have been created to inform and encourage dyslexics. These videos can help to build resilience and self esteem. They also provide great conversation starters. The discussions we have with children after watching the videos can provide clues as to where further support is required.

Watching videos beats reading books for most dyslexics.

Watching videos beats reading books for most dyslexics.

I've spent an inordinate amount of time watching oodles of videos to find the most helpful ones. 

Here is a list of videos that have had the most positive impact on my students from ages 6-18 years. I've included some brief notes to help you select the most appropriate, this will hopefully save your precious time.

If you know of any other encouraging videos, please email them to me.


Dyslexia Explained: What's It Like Being Dyslexic? This can bring a tear to many an adults eye, but primary children LOVE it, plus it can be a good conversation starter for secondary students   It is a cartoon, telling the story of a boy who hates school, whose teacher thinks he's lazy, but finds that that is wrong and apologises.

likeadyslexic. My primary school students love this.  Very upbeat, created by a 12 year old dyslexic.  It communicates via the written word so needs to be read out to ensure all students understand it.

See dyslexia differently This animation seeks to preempt misconceptions among young audiences by shedding light on the real challenges dyslexic children face, whilst also acknowledging their strengths and potential. Enjoyed by all ages and has a narrator throughout, so no reading of the screen required.

What is Dyslexia? - Dyslexic Advantage One Minute Video.  While the Dyslexic Advantage YouTube channel is excellent, and I would totally recommend checking it out, they don't have that many videos that would hold a young students attention.  This video is short, and extremely helpful.  It acknowledges that dyslexics often find school hard but explains many strengths that those with dyslexia have.  I find the sound volume too low.  If you are showing this you to a number of people you might need a speaker to boost the volume.

Made By Dyslexia YouTube channel.  All the videos are fantastic. They are inspirational, educational and sometimes both.
Here is a flavour:

Famous Dyslexics.  The clue is in the name.  It is UK based, and upbeat. The celebrities mentioned are people that children/students will have heard of.  It doesn't rely on students being able to read tonnes.

Dyslexia - Explained for Grade 5 Class South Australia. BIG favourite with students.  It is suitable for primary aged and younger secondary.  Fun and upbeat but relies on students being able to read, which cannot be assumed in a class full of dyslexics, so I always read the text aloud.  As students got familiar with it they volunteered to read the text for the younger/slower readers.

Dyslexia - Famous Dyslexics Australian, lists successful dyslexics from all over the world and explains their accomplishments and some of the struggles they had when they were young.  Doesn't rely on students reading and includes 'relevant' famous people from a students perspective.

Dysadvantage YouTube Channel.  Suitable for secondary school children up
Trendy twenty something talks about different aspects of dyslexia.  Some are more helpful than others, in my humble opinion!  Seeing someone aspirational but not a celebrity or wickedly successful, being happy, open and seeing the funny side of being dyslexic, models how students can handle tricky situations.  Sometimes the language is not totally suitable to show in school, but it’s not terrible.  When I apologise in advance that there might be swear words, the students want to watch all the more, and give it their undivided attention!

Here are some of the ones I've found most helpful.  

  • Do I tell people I'm dyslexic? Discusses the advantages of being open about being dyslexic.

  • Types of Dyslexics. Discusses the different type of dyslexics: victims - those with low expectations and others who are driven. Challenges students to accept struggles, but to dream big and create a plan.

  • Is school important? Don't give rubbish teachers the power to stop your dreams. He talks about how he wishes he had worked hard when at school.

More Videos

I have listed these because I like the content, but these did not hold the attention of my students and were not therefore often requested.

Famous People With Dyslexia.  Great content, as it introduces each person without giving their name, but telling something negative that was said about them when they were young, then listing their amazing accomplishments.  It's really inspiring but the music is depressing and it relies on everything being read.  I always read it aloud otherwise it might not serve the intended purpose.

Embrace Dyslexia: Unlocking Potential.  Very similar to the Famous people with dyslexia video above but with different famous dyslexics presented differently .  Needs some content reading for students.

Dyslexia - Changing Perception of Dyslexia. .  Suitable for older primary and secondary.  It has been created to sell a program that I have not investigated.  It talks through out and doesn't rely on children needing to read.

Dyslexia Motivation Video.  Looks at the strengths of dyslexics.