The Remarkable Maya Hawke

The Remarkable Maya Hawke

  Maya was recently interviewed by Scott Simon for NPR and we loved that she pushed back on the phrase “suffer with dyslexia”: “SIMON: I have read that your – that you suffer from dyslexia. HAWKE: I wouldn’t say suffer. I would say it is, like, one of the great blessings of my life in a lot of ways. But I did get, like, kicked out of school for not being able to read when I was a kid. And I went to a special school for kids with learning disabilities. And it took me a long time to learn how to read, and I still am limited. But the wonderful thing about today’s world is that there are so many options. There’s something about […]

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Beautiful Minds – What New Research Shows Dyslexia and Artists Have in Common [Premium]

Beautiful Minds – What New Research Shows Dyslexia and Artists Have in Common [Premium]

 BBC Science:  “…artists had increased neural matter in areas relating to fine motor movements and visual imagery. The research, published in NeuroImage, suggests that an artist’s talent could be innate…these detailed scans revealed that the artist group had significantly more grey matter in the area of the brain called the precuneus in the parietal lobe.” From Cerebral Cortex 25:3502-3514: “we found that connectivity between multiple reading-related areas and areas of the default mode network, in particular the precuneus, was stronger in dyslexic compared with nonimpaired readers.”   In an interesting study comparing drawing ability and enrollment in art student group with structural brain studies examining brain matter density in specific areas, researchers found greater representational art ability and enrollment in an art school (Royal College of Art […]

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The Belief of Fathers

The Belief of Fathers

This post is for all those great fathers who never lost sight of the young men or women their children could become. Here’s a story from the past – some of the experiences will sound familiar: “Several of my uncles and aunts had tried to teach me to read, and because they could not, and because I was much older than children who read easily, had come to think, as I have learnt since, That I had not all my faculties… I remember nothing that I read, but only those things that I heard of or saw.” “My thoughts were a great excitement, when I tried to do anything with them, it was like trying to pack a balloon into a shed in a high […]

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