Nine-year-old Aedan Lias is learning to overcome dyslexia and has written and illustrated his own book, Finny.By Ivy Wise
Dyslexia has not stopped nine-year-old Aedan Lias from living his dream.
Having his own book — titled Finny — published is just the start.
‘‘I want my book in every school library in Australia and Britain,’’ he said.
Aedan lived in Moama with his family until about three years ago, when they moved to Brisbane.
Struggling with reading and writing, Aedan was diagnosed with the learning difficulty earlier this year.
About three months ago, he told his parents, Jo and Alastair, he wanted to write a book.
‘‘It had to be about something I loved and something I have fun doing,’’ he said.
‘‘Finny is my twin sister’s best friend’s baby brother. He’s like my baby brother.’’
Aedan spent about a week writing the short story and a couple of weeks doing the illustrations.
The book was published last month by Jo’s online company ARTsmiles with about 250 copies sold through word of mouth, Facebook and markets.
‘‘I would really like my book sponsored,’’ Aedan said.
Jo said since the start of the year, she and Alastair had been working out different ways to help Aedan learn as the Queensland Government didn’t recognise dyslexia in schools.
‘‘He is a very intelligent boy, but when it comes to reading, there is a block in front of him,’’ she said.
‘‘We focus on his strengths. Most people with dyslexia are very good at other things and have a creative mind.
‘‘Aedan’s strengths are incorporated into his learning and now he is keen to inspire and help others by example and his positive attitude.’’
Two of Aedan’s biggest fans live in Moama — his grandparents Norm and Joan Visca, who encourage locals to buy a copy.
The books are being sold at cost price, for $10 and are available on the website www.artsmiles.com.au
The book comes with a reading mask, similar to what Aedan uses to read, and a personal message.
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