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Dyslexia Explored

Author: Darius Namdaran

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Sharing dyslexia stories from all stages and walks of life to help parents of Tween/Teenage Dyslexics find practical tips.
40 Episodes
Award-winning Dentist who takes a dyslexia assessment but agrees to compare his feelings before and after the test in this podcast recorded in two parts. We explore:Bad advice from a career adviser: “...I don't think you're going to be bright enough to become a dentist.”Finding a natural ability: “ just grow up with this natural ability.”Dyslexic pioneers in dentistry: “I've discovered is so many of the guys that are pioneering this new stuff, they are dyslexic.”Fear of failure: “I was terrified I was going to be discovered as being a failure or a fraud... there's almost a drive to be the best and ...prove yourself.”What do you feel before the test? “I'm slightly nervous I'm not dyslexic…”Coping Strategies: “… I dictate everything.”Money and Delegating: “ Build a team of people round about you who can do the things that you're not good at.”Dyslexic delaying tactic: “I would ask her to repeat the question….”What do you feel after the test: “... confirms to me kind of what I've known and what I've avoided...”Links you might want to visit: Dyslexia Explored episodes: Course Webinar: course:
 We go deep in this podcast about how parents new to dyslexia have to deal with the overwhelm of information. Then the shock of how under informed teachers are in educating dyslexics. The need to find outside help and community to find a way through the challenges to the solutions. With Caron Trout, a mother of a 14 year old, who discovered he was dyslexic and became one of the founding members of BVKid from Boulder, Colorado.Here are some snippets of what we covered.The Wake up call:  “Another parent said ...‘Hey, I think your kid is really struggling …”The Assessment:  “....I just wish we had sooner.”Dealing with the overwhelm: “...trying to trust which information is really good … “Finding help outside:  “...not having good information... breaks your trust as a parent. You've got to go outside…”Trusting under trained professionals: “I really trusted the professionals... Teachers were under-trained and not very well informed… that was also a shock”Confidentiality creating shame: “...making ... learning differences a taboo is really a shaming experience. We need to ... talk openly about it.”Making Dyslexia visible with Role Models: Children “...need to see what being dyslexic looks like.”Being afraid to make waves.: “I think sometimes we're afraid to make waves.”Being alone is hard- Connect: “ I would just like to encourage other parents to connect with each other... Being alone is such a hard place.”Links you might like to check out:Caron Trout: There's an elephant in the room at BVSD by Caron Trout: Facebook Page: BVKID Website: Classroom: website: Program Website: Law: Dyslexia Explored episodes: course: course: Full Transcript of the podcast visit:
His dyslexia assessor advised his parents that he couldn’t manage the state school due to his dyslexia but his parents found ways for him to adapt and learn in the state system. 14 yrs later William Stone has a first class honours from the University of Edinburgh and a distinction in his Masters degree from Oxford.In the last episode, we heard William's story from his identification at 10 to his graduation from Oxford.In this episode, he shares his study strategies. We asked him to share how he managed to be methodical even with the ongoing chaos of dyslexia. He shared what worked for him and what didn’t. Listen to the podcast and find out how William highlights keywords, how he reads and studies, how he takes notes and does flash cards, etc. I hope you enjoy this episode and give us a review.William Stone's portfolio: Explored episodes: course: course:
When Williams dyslexia assessor advised his parents that he probably couldn’t manage state school due to his dyslexia his parents decided to do everything they could to keep him in mainstream. Hear the story of William Stone who got first class honours at the University of Edinburgh and recently got a Distinction for his Masters degree in Oxford University for Art History.He wants dyslexics to know they can definitely be academic if they want to. When he was diagnosed at 10 years. At 13, he was at the bottom of his 'sets' (Streamed classes) but something clicked at 14. It was certainly the intensive help and tutoring he was receiving. He shares how doing Karate could have had a positive effect on school too.He initially wanted to be involved in film after high school but his principal persuaded him to aim for Cambridge. He got rejected twice. Going, instead, to the University of Edinburgh and took Art History where he gained first class honours. He got his place at Oxbridge going to Oxford to do his master. He was ready and fully equipped.Listen to the podcast hear William's story. This is Part 1 of 2. The second part is in the next episode. He shares more about his approach to high school and exams. William Stone's portfolio: Dyslexia Explored episodes: course: course:
What do you do when you discover your autistic child's gibberish means "Please be happy. I'm so sorry."? When a therapist records your 5-yr old child's gibberish and slows it down so much you can actually hear the words. What do you do when you realize your child is locked in their mind trying to communicate but can't? In this episode, we are going to make a little departure from our normal topic of dyslexia and talk about autism. Autism and dyslexia are different, but I just could not pass up the opportunity to speak with Stephanie and hear this story. As parents of dyslexics, although our children challenges are different, the challenges for us as parents can be similar. In this episode, I'd like to introduce you to Stephanie Hill, a single mom and former secondary school teacher of English and Spanish, who lives in Las Vegas Nevada. Stephanie is going to share her autism story, which is quite extreme. For example, her son has received 1000+ hours of tutoring over 12 years at a cost of over $400,000 and a large part of which Stephanie has had to find herself. This is just a small indication of the challenges faced in this story. For our regular listeners, this episode really gets to the heart of a parents challenge. The parenting lessons and insights are universal to everyone who has a child with extra needs. She talks about how in the beginning he was meeting all the milestones and being responsive even beginning to speak and say 'mama' but something happened at 14 months and he started to shut down. She knew something was wrong. She lived in denial for a year, until a friend had the courage to say "maybe he needs tested for autism". She tells the story of the diagnosis at three years old and then the beginning of the treatment. Waking up to the reality that he had 100% chance of being institutionalized for the rest of his life if he didn’t get interventions. She shares her story of how she has spent the last 12 years determined to give him the best outcome using interventions such as A.B.A. The five year process of systematically helping him gain language at the age of 8 yrs. Year after year of working through Ecolalia, gibberish, mono syllabic, scrambled syntax to the point where he gained language and was free to communicate. Stephanie shares the example of when they recording him speaking in gibberish and slowed it down so they could understand him and discovered he was saying "Please be happy. I'm so sorry." How do you process that as a parent? How do you push on with interventions? How do you find the right balance? She shares her inner struggle with this. This is a story a mum determined to help unlock her son so he can communicate and live independently. And she shares about how it’s been as a parent to deal with this. - Dealing with expectations as a parent. - Her hopes for her own life being swept away. - Dealing with the expectations and timelines of society. - Holding onto her faith that her son can get the best outcome - The rewards of the journey. Now at the age of 15 and how they’re still working through this process. -Acknowledging the huge amounts of progress and development - Seeing there is still more to do to achieve the goal of an independent man. Stephanie shares her experience about how important it was to her to hunt for interventions and not feel like a victim. How it has been a journey of accepting what we’ve been given and make the most of what life is given us. Appreciating the rewards are that this has made them both "indominable, focused and authentic". I hope you enjoy this episode. Have a tissue to hand.  Show notes: Lovaas ABA: Mind Map Course:
 And this episode Chrissie Grant shares how she began as a support worker and then branched out into becoming a private education mentor.We cover things like:ActingThe state systemHow schools wait for teenagers to failThe transition from junior school to high schoolHow there’s a gap between academic tutoring and therapeutic tutoringHow she’s encountered so many students who think they can’t do things because they’re dyslexicBringing Hope to people who aren’t positive about their specialized thinkingOne of the biggest challenges is helping people within the systems understand the advantages of NeurodiversityBuilding up the link between students home and schoolHow parents often feel let down by the system, yet teachers themselves feel let down by the system because they can’t help the children the way they want to.How seeing children get hooked on learning is like a drug for Chrissie and is a great rewardSharing her own experience of dyspraxia and how affects her work lifeAdvice to her teacher teenage self “life is long”. Enjoy the journey you don’t have to get to the party too soonAdvice to herself as a parent in the future. Listen hard to your child and have mindless optimism. Links you might like to check out: Website: Uniquely Human : Multiple Intelligence use your strengths fb group: Google keep: Google calendar: All the apps in call Scotland: Dyslexia Explored episodes: course: SundayMap course: it notesWhiteboardsMind MappingMindfulnessKindness to yourselfBelieve in yourselfMusicYoga
#33. Physical therapist finds how dyslexia helps + hinders: Through her son. Christine RobenaltLinks you might like to check out Linkedin: Telehealth: Barton Reading: Gillingham: Kid Facebook page: Refuge Facebook page: Dyslexia Explored episodes: course: SundayMap course:
If your Scottish and involved in Dyslexia, this is one to listen to! Also, if your involved in a dyslexia group, there is a lot to learn from how Dyslexia Scotland has grown over the last 50 yrs. In this episode we explore the story of Dyslexia Scotland and all the things it can teach us about dyslexia itself and also other groups who help with dyslexia. It all began in 1968 with parent support groups and volunteers. Two main dyslexia organizations developed. The Scottish dyslexia trust, which gave grants and the other “Dyslexia in Scotland” which was about volunteer parents.Cathy explains how in 2002 Jackie Stewart the famous formula 1 racing champion, helped pull together both these organizations into one, called Dyslexia Scotland in 2004.Jackie Stewart found he was dyslexic through his teenage son being identified and is the President of Dyslexia Scotland and Vice President Of the British Dyslexia Association. Cathy explains how the biggest challenge that Dyslexia Scotland faced was how to raise the awareness and solutions to the 500,000 adults and children with dyslexia in Scotland and maintaining that wide scope.We go into depth on the huge range of different things that are available through dyslexia Scotland and also some of the interesting challenges that are unexpected with dyslexia for adults in the workplace doing driving tests and so much more.Here are the links you might want to check out:Dyslexia Scotland leaflets (there are 38 in total, all free to download and arranged in categories for different groups): 3 (general about all our services, support, information, for anyone with dyslexia and those who support/employ dyslexic people) (Toolkit for teachers) (website for dyslexic children and young people aged 8-18)Social Media channels:Facebook: Blog, A Life less ordinary: Helpline: to Thursday 10am to 4:30pmFriday 10am to 4pmHow to contact the Helpline:Telephone: 0344 800 84 84Email: Explored episodes: course: SundayMap course:
This episode does a quick overview of chapter 5 of us dyslexic advantage and it also has my top five quotes from it with some thoughts and reflections on it.3-D thinking or material reasoning are really useful skills in the real world and often aren’t tested in school. This short chapter summarizes what that is, what jobs they are really useful for and some of the practical impacts of it.Links you might want to check:Dyslexic Advantage Website: the book: Explored episodes: course: SundayMap course:
Links you might like to check out:Dyslexia Support Victoria Forum Website: http://dyslexiavictoriasupport.comDyslexia Support Victoria Forum FB Group: YES to Decodable Books in Victoria FB page: Support Australia Website: Support Australia FB Group: website: Explored episodes: course: SundayMap course:
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