Woman uses TikTok to demonstrate what it's like to be dyslexic

Lindsay Fleming made the video to explain how people with dyslexia see text.
Lindsay Fleming made the video to explain how people with dyslexia see text. Photo: TikTok

A woman is using TikTok to demonstrate to people what it's like to be dyslexic - and the videos appear to be doing their job.

Lindsay Fleming is a professional therapist and was diagnosed with dyslexia when she was six. She decided to make a video, challenging people to read the text behind her to show them what it's like for someone with dyslexia to read in the classroom.

In the video, Fleming challenges her followers to read the text above her. The text itself has letters that "jump around" and switch places; demonstrating how hard it is for people with dyslexia to read.

"Dyslexia is on a spectrum and it varies in severity from person to person," Fleming added in text on the video, explaining not everyone with dyslexia will see things the same way.

"As someone with dyslexia this is how it felt, and at times does still feel like, when reading!" she said in a caption alongside the video.

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds, along with poor spelling and decoding abilities.

Social media users thanked the therapist for sharing the video, many admitting it's not a topic they know a lot about.

"Thanks for sharing this! My child was diagnosed with dyslexia at seven and this gave me a glimpse of their struggle to read," one mother wrote. "Would love for you to post more on the topic. Seems to be not talked about a lot."


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"I never knew it was this hard," admitted another person.

"So glad you posted this," said another thankful follower. "So frustrating when people think being dyslexic means you are not as intelligent, it's just another way of seeing things."