Scott 5ive - I Overcame Dyslexia

When I was at my first school, everyone thought I was just a slacker because I used to muck about so much in lessons. But really, it was because I never used to understand what the teachers were going on about because I'm dyslexic. To try and hide my embarrassment I found it easier to become the clown of the class and pretend I didn't want to understand. It worked in a way because no one noticed what was going on - they just thought I was a bit of a rebel. Then I went to stage school and it started off the same, with me mucking about and playing the fool all the time, but then the headmistress, Maggie, picked up on it, and immediately tried to help. They gave me an IQ test and found out that it was quite low for my age.

I mean, I can read and write and stuff, but I hate my writing - that's why I won't ever do those questionnaire things that some magazines ask you to do. I don't like them, because they don't show what I'm really about. Abs has got really nice handwriting and I sometimes really wish I had attractive writing like him.

I don't class myself as unclever at all, and I hate the fact that some people think I'm think because of it. It's like, you know me - I can talk for Britain, and if I could've spoken my exams instead of writing them, then I reckon I'd have got an A in all of them. I've got a good all round general knowledge, but I just found it far too intimidating at school. I remember in my maths exam i wrote, "I'm a fish,' on the paper and walked out - I knew there was no way any of it was going to make sense and I felt I had a two second memory, like a fish, that day.

I do wish I'd had more help at school, and I'd say to anyone who's having the same sort of problems to tell a teacher straightaway and get help - they really will understand. And now I don't fell disadvantaged in any way at all. I don't want anyone's sympathy or anything - I'm still a clever lad...

If you are, or think you may be, dyslexic and would like to speak to someone about it, you can contact the British Dyslexia Association on 011 8966 8271 between 10 am and 5 pm, or you can write to them at 98 London Road, Reading, RG1 5AU.