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Hi, my names Marcus Burns, the author of Picture-That.

Id just like to take a moment of your time to introduce myself and explain how and why the idea of Picture-That came about.

At 13 years old it was found that I suffered from dyslexia and was a very poor reader, unable to understand the written word and its spellings on paper.  This made many aspects of life very difficult for me.

Due the lack of understanding of Dyslexia at the time, I left school at 14 years old and started work in the building trade as a labourer for my father.  I then worked in many aspects of the construction industry for the next 27 years.

Then, when I was 40 years old, I was in a serious car accident which prevented me from doing any physical work within the building trade.  I knew that I would not be able to get work within the only trade I knew.  If only I could read & write, I would be able to use my knowledge to do lighter work in other areas of construction.

I decided to go back to college and enrol in the Special Needs Department for Reading and Spelling.  Initially I was embarrassed about being there and not being able to read & write, however, the teachers were so helpful and made me feel at ease, actually I was glad to be there in order to overcome this thing that had been hanging over my head for all my life.

During my time at college I learnt more about dyslexia and poor readers and soon realised approximately 20%-30% of the population are slow learners, poor readers and suffer from dyslexia.

While I was at college, I came up with an idea of breaking down the words that really helped me with reading and spelling.  I felt that if it worked for me, it could work for anybody having difficulty with the English language.

With the great help of my partner and co-author, Rebecca Kerton, Picture-That Dictionary came into being.

I truly hope you too will benefit from this web-site.

If you do, please tell your friends. 

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