Sunday, April 11, 2010

Princess Victoria of Sweden made a difference

We have our own Royal House in The Netherlands, but as far as we know none of the members is dyslectic.

It's many years ago, when we were watching a royal wedding when it was mentioned that Princess Victoria of Sweden is dyslectic.
My daughter jumped up from the couch and gave me a big hug, sighing: "Finally...finally... now I know a Princess who's dyslectic too."

It was like from that moment on some hidden princess magic had touched her heart and mind.
At school she didn't accept to be treated as a victim of a learning disorder (yes, she was treated like that), and she even seemed to have gained height. No need to hide yourself when a real life Princess has to deal with the same difficulties.

When she left primairy school one of the teachers (the one who was also coordinator of the schoollevel), said she'd better go to a school for children with special needs. Small groups, special attention and less requirements would be good.
After our disastrous experiences with her autistic brother at the school for special needs no one of our family would send her there, ever!

She wanted to go, with her twinsister, to the school where she got her bagpipelessons at saturdays.
It took quite some effort to get her there, but she was admitted.
The school decided that they both would be at the same group, so her sister could help her.
Which meant in fact that she was already functioning one level higher than adviced.

Like a real princess she entered the school at the first day of the year, prepared to give her best.
And she did.
Last week the girls got advice for next year.

Her twinsis will go on at the same level she was admitted at (, which was one level higher as her dyslectic sister).
And my dyslectic daughter will go a level up, which means she´ll go two levels above the former advice.

Interesting is that she was disappointed, because she expected even one level more. Which is the highest level.
"Well, she said, there's still time this year I can show them I'm able to make that level."

She works very hard. Sometimes too hard.
And we have to struggle sometimes to make teachers see that a small adjustment would mean a complete difference in learning.

Some inner strength makes her go on and on, to become the person she wants to be.
And when I ask her what makes her feel so confident she can do it, she says she works hard because Princess Victoria has shown it can be done.

And now she wants to go to the wedding of Princess Victoria at june 19th of this year.

14 years of age, wanting me to arrange it.

Ofcourse I'll try to get in contact with the Swedish Royal House. Maybe it's far too late to do so. But I can try.
And maybe I should ask our Royal Princess to speak a good word for her?

What do you think?
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