Helen Wells #14

INSIGHTS FROM 10 YEARS AS A SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS COORDINATOR IN A SCHOOL

Dyslexia Explored #14

HELEN WELLS

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Helen Wells shares her perspective as a Special Education Needs Coordinator in a school for 10 years. Helen shares her story of how she began as an art school graduate and became a primary school teacher by mainly learning on the job with a special program for teachers. She tells of how her head teacher inspired, and pushed her, into the job of SENCo in the school and her rapid learning of the field. Helen has found the key thing is managing the communications between the family and school well and she shares ways to help the child and family feel heard and understood. 

Helen shares her reflections on those 10 years for teachers and tutors who work with the tension of providing tailored solutions within school restrictions and also shares valuable advice to parents navigating this world.

Helen was one of the main organisers of the Leeds Dyslexia Festival in September 2018 with 1000 people attending. She shares about how successful the festival was, how it was all volunteer run and took 8 months of planning from a standing start!

Helen goes on to describe how she learns so much stuff so effectively via audio and podcasts as a working mum.

We talk about how note-taking is taught in schools and what it takes to learn an effective way, including her views on mindmapping and why it features in nearly every report recommendation.

There’s also a lovely moment when Helen shares her advice to her self as a teenager and as a parent.

The episode finishes off with a whole range of very useful advice and practical suggestions for organising and planning as a dyslexic and parent of a dyslexic.

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Links you might like to check out:

Send Solutions website: www.send-solutions.co.uk

Linkedin account: Helen-Leuty-Wells

Website: www.dyslexiaresults.com

Dyslexia Results’ facebook page: www.facebook.com/dyslexiaresults/

SENCo website: www.gov.uk/children-with-special-educational-needs

OFSTED website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted

Dyslexia Explored episodes: bulletmapstudio.com/dyslexia-explored-podcast/

mindmapping course: https://bulletmapstudio.com/bulletmap/

And www.bulletmapstudio.com/14

Darius Namdaran

Darius Namdaran

Darius is a teacher and MD of BulletMap™ Studio. He's passionate about helping dyslexic children, and their parents, get through High School with their confidence intact. From his own experience with dyslexia and raising children with dyslexia he has developed an online training business designed to equip and encourage dyslexic teenagers in their journey through High School.
His company produces Mindmap videos full of tips and encouragement to help understand dyslexia and to thrive in High School.
He is the designer and senior tutor of the first Mind mapping course for Dyslexic Teenagers called the BulletMap Method.

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.

Did you enjoy the video? Watch more animated Mind Map videos and find out more about Mindmapping and Dyslexia at our Blogs

Dyslexic Advantage Chapter 2

Dyslexia Explored Podcast #15 Show Notes.
The Dyslexic Advantage CHAPTER 2 Review.

Chapter 2: Dyslexia From Two Perspectives

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.

My favorite quote of the chapter: “We are claiming that certain talents are as much a part of dyslexic processing as are the better known challenges- that the strengths and the challenges are simply two sides of the same neurological coin.” pg17 The Dyslexic Advantage. Eide 2011.

In Chapter 2 of the book, they had a great little introduction where they take a grandpa, mum and grandchild and show how you could view their dyslexia story so differently depending on the perspective you take. Firstly, from the narrow perspective which most children and dyslexia are viewed through. Then, through a second, wider view of dyslexia. The difference is surprising. I do a quick summary of the chapter, share some quotes and my personal reflections and lessons learnt.

If you want to listen to it play while you read the page click here:

I’ll put the links to each podcast episode here as they are published. If you subscribe to our email list I’ll also send you a notification. Or subscribe to our podcast and you won’t miss an episodes.  

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.

Did you enjoy the video? Watch more animated Mind Map videos and find out more about Mindmapping and Dyslexia at our Blogs

 

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Discover How Mindmapping can help your teen overcome the stress of dyslexia and high school.

Workshop for Families going through High School and Dyslexia

Workshop for Teenagers and parents in UK, USA and Australian time zones. Teenagers with the gift of Dyslexia love these workshops which inspire and motivate them to explore the valuable life long skill of Mind Mapping.

Darius Namdaran, MD and Senior Mindmap Tutor, will introduce parents and their dyslexic/creative children to the benefits and basics of Mind Mapping.
 

It can save you hours of stress over the High School years and be an effective revision strategy for you and your child. There are two workshops available The Dyslexia and Mind Mapping Workshop and The Brainstorming with a BulletMap Workshop.

The Dyslexia and Mind Mapping webinar will cover:
 
• Problems dyslexics face with organizing, notes, and essays
• Mind Mapping as a solution
• Benefits of learning how to Mind Map

• Learn how to Mind Map using BulletMap Method

The Brainstorm with a BulletMap workshop will cover:
 
• Go deeper into BulletMap Method
• Learn how to brainstorm using the BulletMap Method
• Practical exercises with BulletMapping

• Question and Answer

These educational workshops started in Scotland with sold out talks and is now available live online. The physical workshops are £7 to attend while the Online Workshops prices depends on which country. You can watch the recorded workshop right away for free.

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Online Webinar

Dates for the Next Online Workshops below

*Times indicated below are of the respective local area’s time zone

We will cover:

  • Why do dyslexics find traditional notetaking hard? (Hint- It’s not just because of writing)

  • Why do dyslexics wander off topic and spend hours on essays?

  • Is your child lazy? Absolutely not. (It’s like a car stalling in the road)

  • “Spider Diagrams don’t work”. True, but proper mind mapping does.

  • How do you write notes from the board in time?

Find answers to these questions and much more, in this action-packed 60 min Facebook Live talk for parents, and children. Join our email list. Hundreds of children and parents say its the best talk on mind mapping and study skills they’ve heard.

Join Now. It’s a great way to start the year, and it’s free.

Shift your dyslexic gear higher into BulletMapping with our live workshop

Online Workshops

Dates for the Next Online Workshops below

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How to Study with a Stick Shift Mind

Discover how Mind Mapping helps dyslexics survive and thrive in School. This is an online talk (webinar) to help parents, children and tutors discover how the use of mind mapping can cut through the stress of High school and Exams. It’s given by Darius Namdaran, MD and Senior Tutor at Bulletmap Studio via video. He explains how parents can equip their children to turn their dyslexia into a strength at school by mind mapping. will share his system of teaching dyslexics to get through High school with mind mapping and answer peoples questions. The first 30 min engages children and teenagers with animated mind map videos explaining dyslexia, high school and the basics of mind mapping.

If there isn’t a date that suits you, if you register we will email you the recording and the next release of dates. Please sign up here.

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Physical Workshops

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*Times indicated above are of the respective local area’s time zone

DYSLEXIA + MIND MAPPING ONLINE WORKSHOPS

EDINBURGH​

bulletmap festival

Join us on our very first BulletMap Festival 

January 12, 2019 : Saturday : 9:00AM – 5:00PM (London)
More details to come!
Darius Namdaran

Darius Namdaran

Darius is a teacher and MD of BulletMap™ Studio. He's passionate about helping dyslexic children, and their parents, get through High School with their confidence intact. From his own experience with dyslexia and raising children with dyslexia he has developed an online training business designed to equip and encourage dyslexic teenagers in their journey through High School.
His company produces Mindmap videos full of tips and encouragement to help understand dyslexia and to thrive in High School.
He is the designer and senior tutor of the first Mind mapping course for Dyslexic Teenagers called the BulletMap Method.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

 Who can attend this workshop?
The workshop is ideal for dyslexic children and teenagers and their parents or carers. We also welcome professionals who deal with dyslexia.
 How can I register for a workshop in my town?
Check this page to buy ticket/s for the workshop. If there is not a workshop scheduled for your town yet (or that you can easily get to) then we recommend you pre-register in this link and we’ll send you a notification once there is a workshop happening closer to where you live.
 When and where are these workshops?
There are various dates for the workshop around Scotland. If you didn’t find a town near you in our schedule, let us know here
 How much is the cost of the tickets?
Ticket Prices are: £7 for Adults, £4 for Children and Teens and £2 for Second Child. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
 Can you put tickets aside for me to pay for when I get there?
Regrettably, we can’t do this – sorry! Tickets need to be pre-booked and paid for online so that we can give venue an accurate idea of numbers and to avoid people turning up and there not being space for them.
 Can I get a refund on my tickets? 
You are entitled for a ticket refund 1 day before the event. 

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.

Dyslexic Advantage Book Review

The Dyslexic Advantage Book Review + Study

The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

Book by Brock L. Eide, M.D., and Fernette F. Eide, M.D. London: Hay House, 2011

I’ll put the links to each podcast episode here as they are published. If you subscribe to our email list I’ll also send you a notification. Or subscribe to our podcast and you won’t miss an episodes.  

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.

“Unlike most books on dyslexia this book (The Dyslexic Advantage) won’t focus solely on making individuals with dyslexia into better readers. Instead, it will focus on helping them become better at “being dyslexic”. “ (pg xvii)

In this revolutionary book, Dr. Brock and Fernette Eide focus on the positive perspective of ‘dyslexia’. We have been so used to associating dyslexia with the difficulty to read and write, however, it goes deeper than that. Having dyslexia is not just about having a difficulty in reading and writing but having a unique way of learning that may create advantages in the real world more than in a classroom. Through their intensive research and expertise, Dr. Brock and Fernette Eide have identified these advantages in the Dyslexic learning styles: They called it the M.I.N.D. Strengths or the; Material Reasoning, Interconnected Reasoning, Narrative Reasoning, and the Dynamic Reasoning. 

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.

The Episodes so far...

Chapter 1: A New View of Dyslexia

In Chapter 1 of the book, we are introduced to three individuals who have struggled early in their school with reading and writing but went on to succeed later in life. Naturally, when we say that these individual are dyslexic, we tend to focus on their difficulty at school but we fail to see their common trait that made them succeed later on. We are only seeing the ‘narrow view’ as the author puts it. Read More

My Favorite quote of the chapter: “Unlike most books on dyslexia this book (The Dyslexic Advantage) won’t focus solely on making individuals with dyslexia into better readers. Instead, it will focus on helping them become better at “being dyslexic”. “ (pg xvii)

Chapter 2: Dyslexia From Two Perspectives

 In Chapter 2 of the book, they had a great little introduction where they take a grandpa, mum and grandchild and show how you could view their dyslexia story so differently depending on the perspective you take. Firstly, from the narrow perspective which most children and dyslexia are viewed through. Then, through a second, wider view of dyslexia. The difference is surprising. I do a quick summary of the chapter, share some quotes and my personal reflections and lessons learnt.  Read More
 
My favorite quote of the chapter: “We are claiming that certain talents are as much a part of dyslexic processing as are the better known challenges- that the strengths and the challenges are simply two sides of the same neurological coin.” pg17 The Dyslexic Advantage. Eide 2011.

Chapter 3: Differences in Information Processing

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. Read More

My Favorite quote of the chapter: “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.

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.

Did you enjoy the video? Watch more animated Mind Map videos and find out more about Mindmapping and Dyslexia at our Blogs

dyslexia explored podcast

Dyslexia Explored This podcast will interview people with a dyslexia story from all stages and walks of life. The goal is to encourage parents of teenage dyslexics through the High School years. Darius interviews people who have a Dyslexia story. They may be describing their child’s story or their own. With particular focus on how

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Pete Buchan #39

A Multi-awarded Dentist who was reluctant to take the dyslexia assessment test shares his pre and post-test experience. Dyslexia Explored #39 Facebook Youtube Instagram Pete the dentist Listen to the talk while on the go from your favorite podcast app or click here to listen to this episode from iTunes. Don’t forget to leave reviews while your

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Caron Trout #38

How parents new to dyslexia deal with information overwhelm and the shock of discovering under resourced teachers Dyslexia Explored #38 Facebook Youtube Instagram Caron trout Listen to the talk while on the go from your favorite podcast app or click here to listen to this episode from iTunes. Don’t forget to leave reviews while your at it.

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