What's Going on in a Dyslexic's Head?
Zero Gravity Workshop
This video is a way for me to share with you how a dyslexic brain works.
I call my brain a zero-gravity space. Let me explain what I mean by that using an illustration and a mindmap.
Imagine my brain is a workshop and in that workshop is a table. My teacher comes along and teaches me something and it’s like placing an item onto the table. He tells me all about it and I put in into my workshop.
What’s the first thing I do with it as a dyslexic?
I take it apart! I pull it to pieces in my imagination and try to figure out how it works. This helps me try and understand the new thing that has come into my workshop.
Then I turn away and move my attention to something else. I leave the pieces on the table but when I come back to them they’re not there anymore. Some of the pieces have stayed put but the smaller parts that hold everything together have gone. When I look for them they have floated up to the top of the ceiling and are floating around like helium balloons. That’s the zero gravity aspect of my brain. That sense of reduced gravity means that my ideas are often floating around and they’re hard to catch.
Zero gravity thinking
The ideas haven’t disappeared entirely but every time I want to to remember the new thing that I put on the table I have to pull all the ideas down and re-organise them. This zero gravity thinking has pros and cons.
The advantage is that when I’m focusing on what is on the work table I can actually make it three dimensional and understand it. I can take different ideas and fit them together.
Someone without this zero gravity brain, a non-dyslexic, finds it harder to move the pieces around and likes them to all stay in place and so they find it harder to conceptualise new ideas.
The downside of this way of thinking is that when I try to take my ideas out of my workshop to share them with someone else they just seem to fall apart and I can’t quite put them together again.
I didn’t always understand why this happened and now I do. Its gravity!
The answer to the problem of what to do about taking this wonderful prototype in my imagination and making it able to get out the door without falling to bits is duct tape!
I need some tape to stick my ideas together and hold them in a way that I can explain them to another person.
For me, that tape is a mindmap.
If I’m writing lots of notes it’s like I’m constantly taking my mind off what I have just written to write the next thing and the ideas just float away and it stops making sense.
With a mind map I don’t need to do lots of writing. I can just take the key idea, find a component part and write it onto a branch. I keep doing this with different components on different branches until I have a blueprint that doesn’t need lots of words.
Perhaps you’ve seen the video of the quick release headphones. Well, this blueprint is how I can now quick release my thoughts and they make sense!
I would encourage you as a parent to learn how to do this with your child especially if they’re creative or dyslexic. A lot of my students have found that this unlocks their abilities and releases them productively into the real world.
I’d encourage you to join a free mini online workshop for mindmapping Dyslexia. Its a taster of what we do with families helping them learn all about how mind mapping can take away a lot of the stress of High School. Our teenage students love the workshop and regularly score it 4-5 stars.
The link for the seminar is down below and I’d really love it you could join me!
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