When writer Simon Mills and his wife Yasmin kept finding the youngest of their two daughters, Maddie, 8, in floods of tears, it never crossed their minds that she could be suffering from dyslexia. Yasmin recently spoke to Hello! magazine about Maddie’s diagnosis and asked for people to be more understanding towards other children who also suffer from the condition.
She goes on to say that Maddie is a "changed child" since her diagnosis 18 months ago.
Now the 41-year-old model wants to give something back to an organization that has had a big part in helping her deal with her daughter’s condition. The proceeds from her next project — a series of books that both her children helped to come up with, involving the family pet dog Alfie — will go to a dyslexia charity called Xtraordinary People. The charity aims to raise awareness and funds to support special training in schools.
Yasmin and Simon also have daughter Laurie, 13.
Source: Hello! Magazine, Issue: 1018, April 29th 2008
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