"Books are my refuge, but I had to overcome dyslexia to write the stories I was bursting to tell." — Natasha Solomons Natasha is a lifelong storyteller, but it took a lot of persistence and resilience to get those stories out. As a child, she listened to...
Literature for Dyslexics [Premium]
“What can students learn from literature they cannot learn elsewhere? Why should they bother?” — Gary Morson At the same time that Brock and I have been reviewing the research literature for our update for Dyslexic Advantage, I also came across an article by Russian Literature professor Gary Morson on Why College Kids are […]
Master Storyteller and Teacher Caldecott Winner Jerry Pinkney
"I truly believe dyslexia made me the achiever I am in my art, and it made me who I am as a person..." - Jerry Pinkney It is with great sadness that we learned that Jerry Pinkney, one of the greats of children illustration passed away in October at the age of...
Dr Roxanne Varzi: Creative Anthropologist
I recently had the chance to talk to Dr Roxanne Varzi, a writer, anthropologist, and filmmaker who was also the first Fulbright Awardee since the Islamic Revolution for research in Iran. She's doing such interesting work that is creative on many levels that I...
Writing: Elaboration [Premium]
If you were to compare dyslexic and non-dyslexic university students in writing, it’s usually the case, that on average, dyslexic students write fewer words and fewer words that are polysyllabic. The reasons are several; slowness with word retrieval, writing, and spelling, organizational challenges, and working memory overload are likely contributors. Because multisyllabic words are more […]
Literary Analysis: Great Dyslexic Book Reviewers [Premium]
I’m always on the look out for dyslexic strengths and advantages presented in new ways and I couldn’t help notice these two popular dyslexic book reviewers on YouTube. It’s beautiful seeing what they’re doing and there’s definitely a lot of complicated strengths that are showcased in their entertaining videos. The first example here is Merphy […]
Legendary Sea Explorer Dr. Robert Ballard
"I grew up wanting to be Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea..." "I wish everyone recognized that dyslexia has its advantages." - Robert Ballard It's not just Bob's accomplishments that make his autobiography so compelling, but his focus, resilience,...
Breakthrough Books: Getting Hooked On Books
Do you remember the book or books that got you hooked on reading? It's not always what you might expect. Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer says the only reason why she's able to read today is that she got hooked on Encyclopedia Brown books. Those books...
Shakespeare and Dyslexia – Making Words Physical [Premium]
Today is National Shakespeare Day, and dyslexia and Shakespeare have been on our minds. We recently mentioned that Lloyd Everitt (yes, he’s dyslexic) is the youngest actor to play Othello at Shakespeare’s own Globe Theater. But we’ve also been thinking about Shakespeare recently because, on our trip down to California, we had the pleasure of […]