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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.
42 Episodes
We explore: Mum from Vancouver who homeschooled her child identifies the biggest challenge was not having faith in herself as a teacher at home especially noticing that her child was learning things later than his peers. Then she discussed the biggest piece of advice that she got from a consultant. Then she discussed how she had to be creative in finding more ways to help his child due to a lack of professional help. She also shared their experience with the Mind Mapping course. Links you might want to visit: Stealth dyslexia: kids who read at or above grade level, and are dyslexic Missed diagnosis/misdiagnosis is not uncommon in the stealth dyslexia subset of kids Facebook groups: Dyslexia, dyscalculia and LD parent support group Twice-exceptional / 2E network international Gifted homeschoolers forum: supporting parents of gifted / twice-exceptional children who are partially or fully learning at home GHF: Gifted Homeschoolers Forum New.0 Visual processing, developmental optometry, and vision therapy College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) Canadian Association of Optometrists statement in support of vision therapy Vision Therapy COVD signs and symptoms of visual processing disorders Signs & Symptoms of Learning-Related Vision Problems - College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD Visual-spatial learners: many approaches recommended for VS learners have been helpful for us Gifted development center / visual-spatial resource Upside-down brilliance (Linda Silverman), goodreads reviews here: Upside-Down Brilliance Upside-down brilliance available new through the Gifted Development Center website: GDC Store Dyslexic Advantage In the Mind's Eye (Thomas West) A little bit more about Ethan's homeschooling, and those of two of our friends: Voices of GHF To know more about BulletMap Academy:
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: BulletMap Course Webinar: Mindmapping course: And
 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: BVKID Facebook Page:  BVKID Website: Google Classroom: website: Yes Program Website: Wrights Law:  Dyslexia Explored episodes: Mindmapping course: SundayMap course: for 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: Dyslexia Explored episodes: Mindmapping course: SundayMap course: And
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: Mindmapping course: SundayMap course: And
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: Acting The state system How schools wait for teenagers to fail The transition from junior school to high school How there’s a gap between academic tutoring and therapeutic tutoring How she’s encountered so many students who think they can’t do things because they’re dyslexic Bringing Hope to people who aren’t positive about their specialized thinking One of the biggest challenges is helping people within the systems understand the advantages of Neurodiversity Building up the link between students home and school How 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 reward Sharing her own experience of dyspraxia and how affects her work life Advice to her teacher teenage self “life is long”. Enjoy the journey you don’t have to get to the party too soon Advice 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: Mindmapping course: Free SundayMap course: And Post it notes Whiteboards Mind Mapping Mindfulness Kindness to yourself Believe in yourself Music Yoga
#33. Physical therapist finds how dyslexia helps + hinders: Through her son. Christine Robenalt Links you might like to check out  Linkedin:  Telehealth:  Barton Reading: Orton Gillingham: Speechify: Jeffco Kid Facebook page: The Refuge Facebook page:  Dyslexia Explored episodes: Mindmapping course: Free SundayMap course: And
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): Their 3 websites: (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: Twitter: Youtube: Instagram: Their Blog, A Life less ordinary: Our Helpline: Monday to Thursday 10am to 4:30pm Friday 10am to 4pm How to contact the Helpline: Telephone: 0344 800 84 84 Email: Linkedin: Dyslexia Explored episodes: Mindmapping course: Free SundayMap course: And
Links you might like to check out: Dyslexia Support Victoria Forum Website: Dyslexia Support Victoria Forum FB Group: Say YES to Decodable Books in Victoria FB page: Dyslexia Support Australia Website: Dyslexia Support Australia FB Group: Understood website: Dyslexia Explored episodes: Mindmapping course: Free SundayMap course: And
The SundayMap is a reliable way to defuse it. Parents are loving it and so are the children. The child gets to mind dump and parents actually see what’s swirling around in there. No more interrogating them to find out what’s happening at school! No more Sunday night arguments and stress bomb explosions. Its a form of mind mapping we have developed. It works like this: 1. Mind dump into a bullet point list on the left of the page. 2. Sort it by mind mapping the keywords. 3. Decide what the next step is. We call this a Bulletmap. There’s lots of them. This one’s name is SundayMap. You can learn it in 20 min. The result? A happier child who appreciates how you helped them cut through the overwhelm and confusion. To access the course
How a #SundayMap. How it transformed Denise Goulding's insights into her daughters week. Links you might like to check out: Squeeble: Dyslexia Explored episodes: Mindmapping course: Free SundayMap course: And
Parents, this is the kind of chat I gave my daughter when she faced exams with dyslexia. It's also what my students hear from me. Its tough love, but they are thankful. This little episode is packed with a punch. Three punches to be precise. 1. What is your why? 2. What grade will you choose? 3. What price are you willing to pay? With dyslexia these often become joint decisions because if you or your child are willing to listen to an episode like this, then you are serious about getting some serious grades. Its going to involve making these three decisions. The earlier the better. Buckle up. Get ready for a pep talk. Darius p.s. This has also been turned into an animated mind map video go to to see it. You may want to learn some visual study tips. The first step is to learn how to create some 'headspace' by dumping all those random thoughts and worries onto paper with a 'SundayMap'. Sundays can often be a night where ideas and stress builds up. Relieve that with this simple step by step BulletMap technique. I have a free course with everything you need. Its at Enjoy.
#26 "Teen Tip 1" Dyslexia is like a Ferrari not a People Carrier. These episodes are directed towards children and teenagers to help them learn how to harness their dyslexia. We will pepper the podcast with regular "Teen Tips" designed to be listened to in the car on the way to school as a discussion starter. They are less than 10 min long so you can listen and chat about it before you get there. Today I try to explain what "Working Memory" and "Low Processing Speed" mean in an understandable way to a child so they can use it to make smart decisions about how they learn to drive their "Ferrari". Hope you enjoy. Darius Links you might like to check out: Dyslexia Explored episodes: Mindmapping course: And
#25 Dyslexia in Adults is often found when your child is identified. John Hicks shares that his biggest challenge when he read his daughters assessment was what it threw up for him, memories from the past and certain behaviours in work that started to make sense. In this story we touch on: Life Coaching How being asked for a favour to read a bible passage out loud led to an unexpected breakdown. How his daughter didn't seem dyslexic enough for help Getting an independent assessment The report reads like it's about John not just Jess Finding a purpose in helping struggling teens and parents in school The value of assistive technology. Message to teenage self: Stand up for yourself Message to parent self: Look at the Big Picture. Look beyond the behaviour. And a lot more... Links Website: Facebook page: Twitter @DyslexiaBlogger page: 10 ways to successfully negotiate support in Schools for Dyslexia ebook: ‘Taking stress out of writing’ article: Youtube profile: Linkedin profile: Webinar : SprintPlus: MindView: Microsoft OneNote: Dyslexia Explored episodes: Mindmapping course: Show Notes
#24 Becoming a SciFi Author with dyslexia makes more sense than you think. Iain McKinnon shares his story of how writing on a computer released his writing capability. He started with a short fun DIY film then was encouraged by his friends to write a screenplay for the story. It became a self-published book picked up by a publishing house specializing in Sci-fi zombie films! If your child is really good at making up stories then this will give practical everyday inspiration for you and your child's future. Its a facinating story of how Iain descovered tech as a way to release his creative potential. "With a degree in Psychology, qualifications in Neuro Linguistic Programming and profoundly dyslexic Iain’s writing is approachable, fast paced and visceral." Amazon link: Author Profile: Website: Few of his books: Denying Thanatos - , Domain of the Dead- Mindmap programs he used:,, Dyslexia Explored episodes: Mindmapping course: And
#22 Dreaming of Being a Midwife, Dyslexia got in the way, but hasn’t stopped Keziah Nicolas. What would you do if you were 20 and dreamt of being a midwife since your teens but your dyslexia meant that you didn’t get the grades you needed at high school? Well, this is the story of a young lady who is choosing to work full time while going to college and studying in night classes to get the grades she needs to go to a university to fulfill her dream. May I introduce you to the dyslexia story so far of Keziah Nicolas. Dyslexia Explored episodes: Mindmapping course: And
Teenager and Mum share the results of One Year of Mind Mapping High school. I grabbed a rare opportunity to meet with a student at the lunch break of Dyslexia Scotland Conference 2018. They helped me test the original Study group and "Mind Mapping High School" Course. Yasmin shares how she learned to apply her visual and creative way of doing school work and the results she got from it. Suzette also explains what its like from a parents perspective. She covers: -Talk about the course -How systematically breakdown a book and map it -Letting go of too many words -Learning to let go of beautiful notes -Suzette saw the growth and independence of her daughter -Yasmin use mindmapping to give presentations -The effects of setting goals -Mindmapping hasn’t worked yet (areas to improve) Dyslexia Scotland Conference Website: Young Ambassadors website: Making Sense – Dyslexia Review: Call Scotland Website: Show notes of Rachel Miller’s podcast episode: Dyslexia Explored episodes: Mindmapping course: And
"Poor automaticity in routine skills makes many individuals with dyslexia...experiment with routine procedures, and in the process find new and better ways of doing things." p23 of Dyslexic Advantage. In this summary and review of Chapter 3 of The Dyslexic Advantage by Dr Brock Eide and Dr Fernette Eide they explore two of the four theories of Dyslexia. This chapter is all about the two main theories of what causes dyslexia and how it affects us. Phonological Impairment Theory and Procedural Learning Theory. I try to simplify it so I can understand it and explain it to my teenage students in the future. There is so much practical stuff to learn from understanding these theories. Its not just theoretical stuff. It helps in everyday decision making. Things covered: The Traits: - Late talking - Mispronouncing words - Getting tenses wrong - Following grammar rules - Spelling - Reading - Arithmetic - Coordination - Routines - Memory - Organizing - Following instructions - Keeping focus - Following rules Theories of Dyslexia: 1. Phonological Impairment Theory 2. Procedural Learning Theory 3. Right Brain Dominance 4. Mini Columns Phonological Processing Theory - Recognising little sounds phonemes - 80-90% dyslexics have - Decoding and Encoding - Levels of impact - Link with Working Memory - Phonological Loop - Executive Function - 3 Peaks of Challenge Procedural Learning Theory - Learning to automatically do things - Slow to master procedures - Explicit Learning - Compensations by being on 'Manual' - Explains the innovation of new processes - Creative and Innovations from Dyslexia Dyslexic advantage website: BulletMap Studio book review page: Show Notes:
Andrew Jenkins, Leadership Consultant, ‘From dyslexia to success: how one teacher can make all the difference’ Third Keynote at the Dyslexia Scotland Education Conference 2018. Andrew Shares: - A family of three grown up children all with Dyslexia and Him - How nurturing a mindset is very important. - One teachers input can make a lifetime of difference - Lessons from the professional world as a business consultant - How as a dyslexic he's also an author - The world is changing - Dyslexics have the skill set most suited to the future changes - The difference between 'Fox Thinking' and 'Dolphin Thinking'. - His story going from 'dummy' to art. - Rejecting art as a career - How an interview with "Dr. Heinz" was the turning point. - How he came top of his class because of his new motivation. - Going to university - Choosing Fate or your own destiny - The coming of AI and dyslexia combining. Facebook Page: Dyslexia Scotland: Interview: ‘You are more than you think’ book: Website: Linkedin account: Dyslexia Explored episodes: mindmapping course: And And alot more...
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