Dyslexia Explored Podcast #20 Show Notes.
The Dyslexic Advantage CHAPTER 3 Review.

Chapter 3: Differences in Information Processing

Join us on the journey as we read it, map it, review it and draw out practical applications from the perspective of life and study skills for children facing High School. It may turn into a book review/book club over time! We will take a chapter per podcast episode and incorporate your questions and comments too. This book is a treasure trove of 26 chapters packed with helpful information for parents and tutors. I’m recording these episodes for people to listen on the go via our podcast. We will also Facebook Live the episodes as they are being recorded.

This is the format of each episode:

1. Summary of the chapter (3 minutes)
2. Favorite quotes (5 minutes)
3. Expand a theme or two (5 minutes)
4. Reflect on what I’ve learnt and experienced from the chapter.
5. Practical applications for parents and tutors of teens.

“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

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In addition to the interviews that we do on our podcast: Dyslexia Explored I’m really excited to do an in depth book review of The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock L. Eide, M.D., and Fernette F. Eide, M.D. This book is highly recommended and really powerful and affirming. I’m going dig deep into ‘The Dyslexic Advantage‘ with one podcast episode per chapter where I’ll review the content and share my experiences.

The Dyslexic Advantage” is one of the most highly recommended books on dyslexia for good reason. For example, just over two years ago I read only five selected chapters of the book and it significantly contributed to inspiring the motivation behind creating the mission and company of ‘BulletMap Studio‘. My wife and I were inspired to find a way to systematically teach dyslexic teens and entrepreneurs to use mind mapping as a tool that can be used to find creative order out of chaotic thoughts. The insights from the book helped me, as an adult, to identify and harness my dyslexic advantages and, as a teacher, to find methods to teach visual study skills effectively. This is just one example of how this book has catalysed new ways to recognise and harness people’s creative gifts.

This is a well known book and I meet a lot of people who are planning to read it.  My hope is that these podcast episodes will help you find a chapter to get stuck into and find valuable knowledge and inspiration.

We’d really love to hear from you so please take a moment to share your thoughts or any ways we could help you on your journey with dyslexia.

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