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BETTY SMITH was reared the Mallee region of Northern Victoria. She later won a teaching scholarship and worked as an Infant Teacher and in lower primary school before marrying and raising four daughters. Four years teaching at the Swan Hill Centre for Intellectually Handicapped Children influenced all her subsequent teaching and was extremely effective with any child who needed extra help with learning.

During 12 years of primary school teaching, Betty noted that there were 3, 4 or 5 children who required such help. They were intelligent- often gifted in areas such as Art, Music, Maths, Sport or socially popular. To keep herself optimistic, she researched, studied and collected information about people who had failed in school yet later become successful in life: Churchill, Einstein, Henry Ford, Dr. Harvey Cushing etc. Successful adults often told her privately of their painful experiences as failed students. She studied Learning Disabilities by correspondence using the book, "No Easy Answers" for reference.

Later, Betty undertook further studies at Melbourne State College and at Mount Gravatt CAE in Brisbane in 1985 and this led to teaching and program development jobs in primary and secondary positions in Victoria and Queensland.
Observing a need for motivating reading material for older students with long-term literacy and reading problems led to "Success Stories."

These were true stories of success to inspire readers and show evidence that others with learning problems had achieved success. Mandy's story shows how important it is to identify problems early in a student's life. It is hoped that young readers, parents and teachers will find motivating role-models among the stories in this book.
Betty J. Smith GDSE (Bris) TSpTc(Melb)

Learning Disabilities can be known by many different names such as Dyslexia, ADHD and Specific Learning Disabilities. Problems can be overcome to varying degrees, while other gifts can compensate to provide a successful and fulfilling life.
Here are over 100 stories to prove it and the list is by now means complete.

"It gives me great pleasure to endorse Betty Smith's book. It has, and will continue to provide parents and students with the support and encouragement to "hang in there" and keep going.

Self-esteem and the belief that everything will work out for the best are both very important for a happy passage through school and a confidence to face adulthood and their chosen career. Betty's book provides these qualities in abundance."
CHRISTOPHER DAVIDSON
President - SPELD - Victoria
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