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[PREMIUM] Organizing Tips for the Dyslexic Academic

A request came through from one of our Premium subscribers. What strategies are helpful for the dyslexic academic or working professional who needs to organize and synthesize from large quantities of information? The first step is SIMPLIFY. Argument Mapping As Dyslexic PhD Dr. Emma Jeffries says in her video below, looking for the key points […]

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[PREMIUM] ACTING WITH SYMPATHY – Actress Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water

In an other-worldly movie, The Shape of Water, Sally Hawkins plays an isolated and mute cleaning lady who develops an unusually empathetic relationship to an Amazonian Fish-Man. It’s definitely an Oscar-worthy performance and the film has already won a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Sally, who has dyslexia, may have been a natural […]

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Dyslexia is My SUPERPOWER

Margaret Rooke has a new book that interviews over 100 young people 8-18 years old about their dyslexia. Not only is the book filled with many messages from the heart, it also shares practical tips that will help many feel like they’re not alone. You may recognize Margaret from her other book, Creative Successful […]

[PREMIUM] Michael Shainblum – World Photographer and Videographer

We recently had a chance to catch up with Michael Shainblum, an extraordinary videographer and photographer who found a wonderful outlet for his creativity and expression. Michael first discovered photography in a summer class he took in middle school. He rediscovered it again in the summer before high school when he got a digital camera […]

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[PREMIUM] Extreme Adventurers

What is it about winter and adventure for dyslexic men and women? Our cover shows freestyle extreme skier Angeli VanLaanen who learned she was dyslexic at the age of 10 and who went on to compete in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia – all after battling a severe case of Lyme disease that was […]

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Speaking of POSITIVE Dyslexia: A New Nobel Prize Winner

There’s no better reminder that awareness needs to include the positive side of dyslexia than a recent Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry sharing that he is dyslexic.

In Jacques’ tongue-in-cheek University of Lausanne resume, he begins by saying that he was conceived by optimistic parents. He began his career in experimental science by experimenting with […]

How to Respond to Negative Self-talk

From Imperfect Families:
Empathize: Put yourself in their shoes and try to understand what they may be feeling. “That writing assignment’s pretty challenging, eh?”

Rewrite the script: Instead of “Writing is hard. I’m stupid,” your child could say, “I’m working hard on writing” or “Making mistakes is part of learning.” Or even, “Mom, I’m so frustrated […]

DYSLEXIA AND MATH: Error Analysis [Premium]

Some 60% of dyslexic students have problems with math (10% excel at math). Reasons for math difficulties include math facts retrieval, difficulty remembering formula and multi-stepped procedures, sequencing issues, symbol confusion, and difficulty with the language of math. These problems, in addition to timed tests and impossible-to-complete homework assignments, contribute to math anxiety and frustration. […]

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[PREMIUM] TEST-TAKING: DYSLEXIA and MULTIPLE CHOICE

At the secondary and university level, many students with dyslexia may prefer short answer questions to multiple choice. There are many reasons why the multiple choice question format may not be a good estimator of a student’s knowledge. It is very common for the questions and choice answers to be ambiguous. From Biochemical Education: “Writing […]

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[PREMIUM] Don’t Require COPYING From the Board

Dr. Kirkby: “Copying text…is psychologically complex. It involves a series of sequential visual and cognitive processes, which must be co-ordinated: these include visual encoding, mental representation, an written production.” Long after students have begun to crack the code of reading, note-taking and copying from the board remain very difficult if not impossible for some students. […]

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[PREMIUM] Reading and Spelling: When Sights and Sounds Don’t Match

Because many dyslexic students don’t have a visual imprint of words, there are common spelling or pronunciation errors that occur when word endings seem to vary. In most cases, being explicitly taught the different patterns can reduce a great deal of distress later. The technical term “inflectional suffixes” refers to word endings that change a […]

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[PREMIUM] Dyslexia and Sailing

Paul Elvstrom is often recognized by many in the racing world as the greatest sailor who ever lived. Severely dyslexic, Elvstrom struggled greatly in school, but found sailing intuitive. His success in winning four consecutive Olympic gold medals involved not only intuition, but also strategic thinking, serial innovation, and intense physical training. In the beginning, […]

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[PREMIUM] Joshua Wong: Teenager vs. Superpower

Netflix has just released Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, a documentary on inspiring teenager Joshua Wong who was at the center of the pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong in 2014. 100,000 took the street to urge the government to withdraw from implementing a pro-communist education program. Fortune Magazine named him one of the world’s greatest leaders […]

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[PREMIUM] Why a NICHE is Important

In Michael McNulty’s clinical research looking at the life stories of dyslexic adults, one thing became clear – finding a niche in adolescence or young adulthood had the dramatic potential to improve the course of people’s lives. Here (in abbreviated form) are some of the subjects of his life study. Tommy (38 yo highly successful […]

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CATH KIDSTON, Dyslexic Fashion Designer and Businesswoman

Cath Kidston was eager to earn money at the age of 17, so she left school and had a series of jobs that ranged from dog walker, Laura Ashley model, and chocolate packer. Things changed dramatically for her when her father and mother died in quick succession due to cancer. She had to decide […]

Meet Jill of All Trades: KRISTA WELTNER

I had a great chance to catch up with uber-talented Krista Weltner yesterday. If you haven’t watched her recent Master’s work Partially Compensated, check it out now.

When we posted it to our Facebook feed, here are some of the comments:

“Ok, that made me cry. Wonderful piece.”

“I was watching myself in this and my […]