Nine-Year-Old Superhero Leaps into Action Empowering Children with Learning Differences

By |October 25th, 2019|Life + Culture, Sheen Magazine, Top Story|0 Comments

Young Author Kyler Smith empowers students with learning differences and their parents, by providing a candid peek into his own personal journey in the new book ​I Define Me. ​This autobiographical piece gives readers the unique opportunity to walk in the shoes of a bright, articulate and multi-talented child who has been diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia. With October being Dyslexia Awareness Month, this timely read reminds other children to remain confident in their abilities no matter the diagnosis.

What inspired your interest in becoming an author at such a young age?

Kyler: I use to make videos where I talked about my learning differences, because I wanted to show that having Dyslexia can’t stop you. 

Ericka Smith (Mom): Kyler use to make videos similar to TED Talks, where he talked about Dyslexia and all of the famous people with Dyslexia, and how he could do anything. Kyler’s confidence and can do attitude I thought should be shared with the world. Many children who have Dyslexia don’t have the confidence he has, also many people don’t know what Dyslexia is. 1 in 5 people are Dyslexic…. your classmates, co-workers, etc. I thought it would be a good idea to spread awareness.

Tell us about your new book “I Define Me”

Kyler: My book is about me and my learning differences & how I define myself. 

Ericka Smith (Mom): The book walks you through Kyler’s journey.  Kyler attends a school for learning differences as well as tutoring and occupational therapy..all of these things help Kyler to read. Kyler’s school had a famous actor come to speak and he called Kyler to the front and spoke with him about his own struggles. This increased Kyler’s confidence and let him know he can do anything he wants. He sets the stage for his greatness, he defines himself.

Why is it important for all students and parents to read this book? 

Kyler: To show them nothing can stop them. 

Ericka Smith (Mom):  I think the book will help children who have Learning Differences, know that they are not alone. I think it also helps open the dialogue amongst parents & children by bringing awareness and understanding to Dyslexia, Dysgraphia & Dyspraxia.

What one thing should teachers know if they have a dyslexic student in the classroom?

Kyler: Teachers should know that they can’t be upset if the student doesn’t get something, because the student is trying their best. 

Ericka Smith (Mom): Teachers should also know that children are trying their hardest and that they need to be taught through sensory methods.  Dyslexia affects the front lobe of your brain, it is neurological.

Where can parents purchase the book? 

The book is now available on Amazon.

What can we expect from Author Kyler Smith in 2020?

More books signings, more books and guest author appearances at schools to share I Define Me with students of all facets. Kyler will also be at the International Dyslexia Association Conference in March of 2020.  

All images by Kegdrick Smith Jr. 

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