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Have you ever heard of the job title Head of Happiness? That’s exactly the job title of our guest for today. She’s a stand-up comedian who thought of bringing stand-up comedy into schools to help them with reading and writing. This week I had a very interesting conversation with Stephanie Davies, the founder of Laughology. Stephanie says that her m…
 
This week, I had a great conversation with Aarian Daniels, a mum who has written a book based on her daughter’s dyslexia struggles. Aarian found out about dyslexia when her youngest daughter was diagnosed and fought the school for her daughter's needs. She recently published her book about their dyslexia journey and how they overcame dyslexia. She …
 
This week, I had a great conversation with Mike Guest, a dyslexic, who has been self-employed his whole life. We talked about the dynamic aspect of dyslexia.He’s an established photographer, who’s now moved into water photography. He compares the adaptability of dyslexia to surfing in the water. You have to go with the flow and adjust according to …
 
This week, we had a great conversation with Cigdem Knebel, a mum who wrote stories for her child with dyslexia. She is now the owner of a publishing company that publishes decodable storybooks for children with dyslexia. It all started when she found out that her son had dyslexia. He was worried and stressed because his peers were reading advanced …
 
This week we are going to talk about designing cars with dyslexia. I sat down with Matthew Head, a dyslexic car designer who started out as a mechanic. He looked for jobs that he thought he could undertake but got rejected for not having an engineering degree. So he went to university and got a Masters's in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He…
 
We have a very special and mind-bending episode this week. It’s all about a man with dyslexia who worked 34 years as a driver for a newspaper company and recently published a book with himself as the main character. Let’s follow the story of Ed Calkins who had troubles with self-confidence all his life. As a hobby, he created fascinating stories wi…
 
Karen Font, the host of ‘You Are More Than Your Labels’ podcast, sat down with me and shared her dyslexia story. Just like many of us, Karen Font discovered she has dyslexia later in life. She didn’t know her struggles in school were because of her dyslexia until she was tested. Karen created a podcast, sharing experiences of everyday people with d…
 
In podcast episode 99, we discussed the ‘Access to Work’ scheme by the United Kingdom government which grants disabled students/professionals allowance to the workplace. It is the government’s way to get disabled people into work and become a productive member of society. This time we are going to discuss how employers can help their employees have…
 
A lot of dyslexics excel in sports. Some professional athletes even attribute their success to dyslexia. This week we are going to talk about this fascinating subject with Sophia Gomma, a licensed Davis facilitator who helps dyslexic students in school and sports. People with dyslexia are naturally very good at dynamic reasoning which can be very h…
 
We have a practical but exciting podcast this week. We invited Kerry Pace again as a guest on dyslexia explored. This is part 3 of our series with her. In episode 80, she talks about her dyslexia story and the journey she embarked on which enabled her to tutor university students online, mostly nursing students, with dyslexia. In episode 81, she ta…
 
In the Dyslexia Explored Podcast, we usually talk to people with dyslexia and hear about their personal challenges. You might have heard from our previous episodes, we are interested in the challenges that people with dyslexia face and how they overcome them. This week we are going to hear from someone who has written a dyslexia story. Reyna Marder…
 
Sarah Kesty is a SPED Teacher and Executive Function coach. She teaches children with learning difficulties to manage their executive function skills. She also has her own podcast called ‘The Executive Function Podcast’ where she shares helpful, fun, and effective strategies to support kids with executive function. This week, I had the pleasure of …
 
This week we had the opportunity of meeting Dean Bragonier as our podcast guest. He is the founder of Noticeability.org, a non-profit organisation that focuses on introducing middle school-aged children to the cognitive advantages associated with dyslexia. Dean has presented quite a few talks about dyslexia, including a TEDx talk on the true gifts …
 
Dr. Susie Nyman is one of those teachers you’d want your children to have. She is very passionate about how students learn differently using multi-sensory learning. When she was a child she noticed she learnt better using textbooks that incorporated cartoon images. When she had her son she noticed he couldn't remember his spellings when he wrote on…
 
One day her daughter came home from school and said they’d been working on the Battle of Hastings. She went on to say that although they’d worked on this topic for weeks she couldn’t remember a single thing and they had an exam next week! That night Bambi Gardiner recreated the Battle of Hastings on her kitchen table. The next morning her daughter …
 
We have a fascinating case study for you about tackling common entrance exams or GCSEs with dyslexia. Denise Goulding, a parent of a child with dyslexia, agreed to share their story about how her daughter managed to get A’s and B’s in her entrance exam. Denise had been with us in the BulletMap Academy for 2 years now and in fact, we already feature…
 
Stephen Martin thought his dyslexia would just disappear after finishing school. He was diagnosed early in his life and had the same struggles that most kids with dyslexia had. But he recently just realized what dyslexia really means when he talked to a dyslexia practitioner. He then realized all the things and decisions that he had made were, in o…
 
This week, we have an interesting conversation with Harriet Kelsall, one of the most respected designers and business trailblazers in the UK jewellery industry. She was the 2016 HSBC Forward Ladies “Retail Business Woman of the year”, was Everywoman’s “Retail Woman of the Year” in 2011, one of The Institute of Directors magazine’s six “women who ha…
 
In this week’s episode, we have a very special guest. She and her husband are very well known in the dyslexia community. Their works have inspired thousands of dyslexics around the world to accept their dyslexia, own it, and be proud of it. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Fernette Eide, the co-author of “The Dyslexia Advantage”, with us on our 90…
 
In this week's episode, we had an interesting conversation with Rosie Bissett, the CEO of Dyslexia Association Ireland and the Chair of the European Dyslexia Association. Rosie shared about what got her into dyslexia and eventually why she fell into the dyslexia cause. We also learn more about the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and Online Dyslexia…
 
This week on the Dyslexia Explored, we explore the story of Nigel Lockett. Nigel, only recently, disclosed to the public his dyslexia. He was already a successful businessman turned professor at Entrepreneurship and Head of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde before he officially “came out”. We’ll discuss why he …
 
Dr. Erica Warren, a learning specialist, an educational therapist, instructor, artist, and advocate, had created hundreds or more publications, instructional courses, enriching podcasts, informative blogs, and youtube channels, all to spread awareness on dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. In this week’s dyslexia explored episode, we…
 
This week, we had a very interesting conversation with Theo Gough, Author of the Conquering Dyslexia Book and host of the Conquering Dyslexia podcast. When he was in year three, Theo was diagnosed with dyslexia and was said to be one of the worst dyslexics in England. He loved talking but his parents couldn’t understand what he was saying. He mispr…
 
Scanning Pens is spearheading the Go Red for Dyslexia campaign for this year's international dyslexia week which is on the 5th to 9th of October, 2020. This episode of Dyslexia Explored, we talked to the CEO and co-founder of Scanning Pens, Jack Churchill, to explore his dyslexia story and how he came up with creating the award-winning company Scan…
 
We have a very special guest in this episode. He’s a dyslexic venture capitalist from California, who has been open about his dyslexia story and how it helps and, in turn, affects him. He’s been featured in a TEDtalk where he shared why he can’t remember names and has appeared in podcasts and blogs too. Let’s find out more about the dyslexia story …
 
Rossie Stone was the very first guest we featured here in Dyslexia Explored. In that episode, he shared how he came up with creating a company, Dekko Comics, that takes real school subjects and makes it easy to absorb for kids through fun and visually engaging comics. Listen to the first episode to learn more. This time, Rossie came to the show to …
 
This is the story of Micki Boas, a mom of 2 children with dyslexia, who legally fought the school for 4 years just for her child to have access to proper dyslexic support which is supposed to be provided through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In this episode, Micki shares her dyslexia story and how she came up with writing …
 
This is Part 2 of our interview with Kerry Pace, the founder of Diverse Learners, a tutoring service where they support students and workers with Special Learning Difficulties by online tutoring. In the previous episode, we talked about her life story and how she found out that she has dyspraxia, ADD, and sensory processing disorder. In this episod…
 
After relating to a dyspraxia report of someone else, she asks her colleague, who is an occupational therapist, if she thinks she might be dyspraxic. The therapist said she knew right away after 30 minutes of meeting her. All the clues were visible. That shocked her. Kerry Pace was helping students with dyslexia without knowing that she has Dysprax…
 
A conversation about shame and dyslexia and the power of empathy with Stan Gloss, inspired by Brene Brown’s books on shame. Two years ago we made a mind map animation video of the story of Stan Gloss based on an article by understood.org. For those who are not familiar, Stan is the CEO and co-founder of BioTeam and dyslexic. He talked about his lif…
 
Karen Murdarasi said she had no difficulty in reading. She was doing well at school and didn’t remember having trouble school. She remembered being called careless by her parents and teachers but she didn’t really pay attention to it. Until one teacher noticed that there’s a disparity between her performance in her oral participation and her writte…
 
Driven by the growing frustration that she didn’t have enough skills to help dyslexic children, she trained for the Level 5 specific learning difficulty teacher training course at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Center, then became a headteacher of Moon Hall School. Sarah George had a nice conversation with Darius about her dyslexia journey, dyslexia sch…
 
This is the 2nd part of our talk with Moira Thomson, MBE. In this episode, she talked about accommodations. Is it really worth it to have young people have adjustments to the arrangements? Is it not considered cheating to give one child extra time in the exams where others don't? She also talks about the misidentification of dyslexia as a child and…
 
In this episode, we have a special guest. Moira Thomson, who got an MBE from the Queen, the sovereign of the UK – Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, for her service to children and families with dyslexia for the last 50 years, was a huge contributor to Scotland dyslexia in more ways than I can imagine. Moira graduated from Edinburgh Uni…
 
As a trainer of teachers who train other teachers, Sara Shunkwiler, a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Education and tutor of dyslexia, finds it hard to access research about dyslexia and related subjects. Even with the professor's ID, she still gets blocked on a lot of research papers in the library. Research papers that could’ve he…
 
Steve McCue stopped going to school at age 14 because he did not think he had the academic ability. He worked different jobs and performed in festivals as a musician but at age 35 he went back to school and got identified with dyslexia. He was given a computer to work with and that helped him a lot. However, assistive technologies were pretty basic…
 
When Evie found out she was dyslexic she cried in the car saying “I don’t want to be different. Don’t tell anybody.” Now she and her mum, Janine, sat down with Darius to share about their dyslexia story. In this episode of the Dyslexia Explored, we learn how Evie, a 12-year-old child with dyslexia, got her self-written story chosen as top 5 out of …
 
How you can fail an easier multiple-choice medical exam and get 98% in a harder diagnostic exam! Discussing strategies she uses in medicine and research. Plus her COVID drug research trial in Glasgow and Care homes. Links you might want to check: Dr. Janet's profile: https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/iii/cvr/staff/groups/janetscott/ Bulletma…
 
Want a few tips on planning with dyslexia? Here are my top 3 tips for helping children with dyslexia get things done: Tip #1: Tasks need to take less than 25 min to complete. Tip #2 “Tell them to return to the board! Tip #3: Make your ‘to do list’ feel physical This is our topic for today’s parent’s coffee. Links you might want to check: Bulletmap …
 
Today we are going to talk about the valuable connections the minds of dyslexic thinkers can make. The problem is that dyslexia can get in the way with poor spelling, grammar, and handwriting but once you find teachers that can look past that and help you wrestle with your thoughts then you can start to enjoy learning again. The dyslexic advantage …
 
How Einstein was an uncooperative child and had a bad temper. Also Isaac Newton was regarded as a “simpleton” who only knew how to make toys Let’s talk about how toys aren’t just toys in the hands of children with strong 3D minds. Sometimes teachers can overlook the seed of a child’s future as just another crazy elaborate toy experiment. Yet many o…
 
In today's coffee time, we are going to talk about how often it’s puzzling to teachers why bright students with dyslexia find it so hard to answer open-ended questions. Einstein, a famous dyslexic, once complained that “thinking in words is not natural for him”. Let's talk about how we need to translate our non-verbal thoughts into words. Often it'…
 
You might be surprised to hear that flipping letters while you read or write isn't a common trait of dyslexia. But it is often a sign of extreme dyslexia like Leonardo da Vinci. I used to think I wasn't dyslexic because words didn't shake, jiggle, or reverse. In this episode, we are going to do our book club on the Dyslexic Advantage page 61-63. Li…
 
How it’s helpful to take a school project all the way to its full completion in the real world. For example, turning a school essay into a blog or a business idea into a pop-up business - and why that’s when dyslexia shines. Links you might want to check: Bulletmap Academy Page: https://bulletmapacademy.com Doodle Club: https://bulletmapacademy.com…
 
In today's live podcast/parent's coffee time, let's explore how critical verbal or visual feedback is to people with the dyslexic mind. For example, how conversations are so important, secondly how doodling is helpful, plus a whole lot more... Links you might want to check: Bulletmap Academy Page: https://bulletmapacademy.com Doodle Club: https://b…
 
In today's podcast/parent's coffee time, we're going to explore the story of Stan Gloss and some advice he gave in an interview with understood.org and some interesting comments and ideas on how to help children with dyslexia deal with the blizzard of ideas and inventions that go through their minds. His biggest tip was to find materials that can h…
 
I want to share with you a cool little technique that helps children with dyslexia learn things faster. We use it a lot with the children that we tutor. It's a variation of the Feynman technique. In this live recording of the podcast, you'll get a preview of the explanation. It involves 4 steps. 1) Write everything on a piece of paper, 2) Explain i…
 
The "zero-gravity workshop" of a dyslexic thinker's mind. Get a preview of podcast episode 61 where we explain how a dyslexic mind is like working in a zero-gravity workshop and what we can do about it. Children really love this analogy. It's a great way to explain how their minds work. Links you might want to check: Bulletmap Academy Page: https:/…
 
There's a term commonly encountered when we talk about dyslexia. It is the working memory. We've talked about it in most of the episodes in dyslexia explored but we haven't really explained what it is and how is it affecting people with dyslexia. In this episode, we are going to talk about the role of working memory does in relation to the 5 gears …
 
As always it starts with a parent discovering their child is dyslexic and realizing they need to do something about it because no one else is going to. Find out how Darius developed his own way of Mind Mapping to teach his daughter much-needed study skills for her school. This is a continuation of Darius' story about his dyslexia assessment in the …
 
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