Discovering Strengths [Premium]

Discovering Strengths [Premium]

How do I develop my strengths? How do I develop my strengths in my kids? We get asked these two questions a lot. It does seem that if you ask people how they found their careers or life’s passions there are twists and turns and there seem to be serendipitous events that make a person take one path vs. the other. But it probably is a good idea to have more conscious thought involved with careers or it may be more likely that you (or your child) could end up in an unsatisfying and poorly fitting career.     HOW DO MIND STRENGTHS FIT INTO THIS PICTURE? Dyslexic MIND strengths were the result of surveying this community and comparing them to non-dyslexics. It doesn’t mean […]

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Legendary Filmmaker David Lean [Premium]

Legendary Filmmaker David Lean [Premium]

Sir David Lean CBE was an Academy Award-winning filmmaker who inspired fellow dyslexic filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Joe Wright. David was initially recognized as a “dud” at school, prone to excessive daydreaming. Later he would credit his passion for filmmaking with the gift (from an uncle) of a Brownie box camera at the age of 10. David was considered “dim” especially when compared to his younger brother. He left school at 18 for work, but was bored when he tried apprenticing at his father’s accountancy firm. David’s aunt urged him to find a job that he could love. He was spending every evening at the movie house, so taking her advice to heart, he quit trying to work as an account apprentice, and […]

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Dyslexic Advantages in Electrical Engineering [Premium]

Dyslexic Advantages in Electrical Engineering [Premium]

A TALE OF TWO STORIES “At the beginning I can remember looking at blackboards or pages of text having no idea what other kids around me were seeing. For me the pages may have well as been blank for all I could glean from them. However I was lucky as when I started my secondary school my teacher spotted that I was having problems. I was tested for dyslexia and found to have a mild form… By the time I left I had poor grades and was told I would not amount to much…” Same person: “I became interested in geeky stuff when I was less than ten years old. I remember being given a toy wind up clock that you could open the back […]

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Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

From our recent virtual lecture for the Hamlin Robinson Speaker Series, here are a few questions from viewers: QUESTION: How do you separate vision processing disorders from dyslexia? How do you think about these? Also same with auditory processing disorders like CAPD? ANSWER: It sounds as if you are well-informed about the fact that many individuals with dyslexia have visual and auditory processing disorders. Depending on how an individual is assessed, for instance by a medical professional, language specialist, vision specialist or auditory specialist, different “labels” can be attached to what may present as difficulty with visual aspects of reading or with hearing all of the sounds in words or in noisy environments. On a practical level, integrating a wide range of test-related information along […]

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Creative, Successful, Dyslexic and Dyslexia Is My Superpower Author Margaret Rooke

Creative, Successful, Dyslexic and Dyslexia Is My Superpower Author Margaret Rooke

Margaret Rooke is the British author of Creative Successful Dyslexic and Dyslexia is My Superpower.   Her books can be purchased online HERE or HERE. Margaret also wrote us , and shared the following from her personal journey with dyslexia: “All parents are anxious about different aspects of their children’s lives. I was as concerned as the next mother, but it never occurred to me that my daughter would have difficulties with her schoolwork. She achieved well until she was 11. I had no reason to think this would change. It was when my daughter went to high school that she seemed to stop learning. Her scores for all her subjects came to a standstill. At home we had no idea why this had happened. […]

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The Visual Poetry of Rebecca Kamen

The Visual Poetry of Rebecca Kamen

“It wasn’t until I became a college professor myself that a friend and fellow teacher figured out that I had dyslexia… I go out in the world and learn through experience, such as talking to astrophysicists and neuroscientists in their laboratories.” – Rebecca Kamen   Rebecca Kamen is a connector. As an artist using physical materials, she enjoys learning from and interacting with scientists, philosophers, and others with diverse perspectives on scientific phenomena. The art she creates is also very personal and in the past COVID years it took on an even greater personal dimension when she was diagnosed with a optic nerve tumor that created visual hallucinations.
In 2019, Rebecca began experiencing bouts of vertigo which she said created a […]

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Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: What Does Writing Look Like? [Premium]

Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: What Does Writing Look Like? [Premium]

What does the writing look like in students with dyslexia and dysgraphia?   IMPAIRED AUTOMATICITY, CAPITAL LETTER INTRUSIONS, and SPELLING ERRORS Students who struggle with handwriting automaticity show irregular shapes and sizes of letters. For example, look at the letter ‘e’ in the spelling test at right. They are very different from one another, showing that the student has not ‘automated’ writing of the letter ‘e’. The more variable the letters are, the more arduous to write anything by hand. Working memory is easily overloaded, and students may be exhausted after writing a few words. The spelling test also shows capital letter intrusions (capital ‘D’), likely to avoid confusing lower case ‘d’ with ‘b’, irregular spacing, and phonological as well as sight word errors. When […]

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Singer Tony Bennett’s Last Concert

Singer Tony Bennett’s Last Concert

“To me, life is a gift, and it’s a blessing to just be alive. And each person should learn what a gift it is to be alive no matter how tough things get.” — Tony Bennett   Tony Bennett really sounds great at 95 years old. Check out his duets with Lady Gaga below. After two sell out concerts at Radio Music Hall in New York City, though, his doctor has finally convinced him to retire. Tony’s won 20 Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award, two Primetime Emmys and was honored as both an NEA Jazz Master and Kennedy Center Honoree. He’s sold over 50 million records worldwide. Tony grew up during the Great Depression and lost his father when he was 10 years old. […]

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