From Dr. Robert Brooks: “If someone approached you and said, “I have a recommendation that will require only 10 minutes of your time each day, it poses no risk and will increase your creativity and your overall health,” what would you guess was involved in the 10 minutes? Or, if you were between 70-89 years […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Dyslexic children who are struggling in school will be under tremendous stress and have varying levels of anxiety and depression. Stress is well known to affect executive functions and children experiencing stress can look as if they have ADHD. – Destress the Learning Environment. Are expectations well matched to the student’s current ability? Is the […]
Despite the fact that dyslexics are over-represented in Art & Design, the field of User Design is surprisingly late to designing for dyslexia specifically in mind.
It may be that some design is as good as it is because there are already dyslexics in design teams leading the dominant tech companies such as Apple, Microsoft, […]
Ingvar Kamprad grew up in poverty on a small farm in Sweden. His grandfather had killed himself after realizing he could no longer afford his mortgage. His grandmother was able to save the family farm.
Because Ingvar struggled in school because of his dyslexia and he shirked tasks like milking the cows, his father once […]
I recently had a chance to talk with Master Montessori Teacher Alison Awes who is based at the Montessori Training Center of Minnesota. Alison is dyslexic herself and she has written about how Montessori instruction can support dyslexic students. Alison is also trained in Orton-Gillingham Level1. Like the Orton-Gillingham method, the Montessori approach was created […]
From a Wired Magazine article, How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Helps Kids to Read:
“Minecraft is the hot new videogame among teachers and parents. It’s considered genuinely educational: Like an infinite set of programmable Lego blocks, it’s a way to instill spatial reasoning, math, and logic—the skills beloved by science and technology educators. But from […]
Chuck Harrison’s designs are so ubiquitous that it’s said that every household in America has something designed by him. Growing up in rural Louisiana, Chuck’s first attempts at design involved the building of a “skate box” when he attached wheels to an old two-by-four, creating an early version of a skateboard. Chuck’s father was […]
Many people know that Richard Branson has talked about dyslexia being an advantage. He struggled in school, almost failing out at age 13. He was very near-sighted and someone only thought to suggest he get his eyes tested after a few terms not seeing the board. He was beaten once or twice a week […]
A gifted dyslexic high school student from the East Coast told me about a school that he was heading out to join in the Silicon Valley instead of college. He was incredibly bright and resourceful, and had been bringing in pretty good income from setting up his own server for games. Like many bright […]
1. I prepare for every situation.
My learning disability has caused me to fear the unknown. Feeling prepared soothes my nerves. Before I attend a meeting, I make sure to have an agenda. I like knowing what is expected of me. Because I don’t like being caught off guard, I am constantly studying up — […]
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 has cruised to over $730 million global earnings this past week with both Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Drax (Dave Bautista) sharing their dyslexia with fans.
It’s becoming increasingly common for Hollywood headliners to share their back story and include details about being dyslexic. Zoe mentioned her dyslexia to the New York […]