Meet Your Guide

MEET YOUR GUIDE

Today I’d like to introduce myself.  My name is Darius and I’m based in Edinburgh, I’m dyslexic and I’ll be your guide in these videos and I’ll be speaking to you parent to parent.

MY EXPERIENCE

My dyslexia was diagnosed when I was a child so I know about being a teenager with dyslexia. I passed my exams and came here, to Edinburgh, and got my law degree. I’ve gone on to run businesses and community projects and I’m now a parent to teenagers who have dyslexia and I’ve taught them the study skills that have helped me and they have thrived at school and passed their exams well.

AM I AN EXPERT?

I’ve become an expert in mind mapping as I’ve been mind mapping for over 20 years and have developed that skill extensively and teach it to others.

I’m an expert in my own dyslexia but not in the broader field of dyslexia and I really want to learn more. These videos are part of my journey to learning more and I’m hoping that as I share them you’ll pick up invaluable information and knowledge that will help with your own child.

LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK

I have the privilege of meeting really interesting and informed people on this journey to learning more as I develop my vision of teach mind mapping to teenage dyslexics as  part of my business. My goal is to share what I learn, my observations along the way and useful resources that I discover. My hope is that these videos will help to make sense of all of the information that is out there and that they’ll be a real help to you as a parent of a teenager with dyslexia. We’ll learn about how to help and encourage your teenager to be more productive in school and feel more positive about their learning.

This is very much a learning journey so if you’re an expert and you’d like to contribute then please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

ONTO THE NEXT

In my experience, as I’ve been learning more about dyslexia and how my mind works it has helped me to see and understand some of the roadblocks I’ve encountered in life and I’ve been able to learn new ways round them and develop a few life hacks along the way.

One of the things that I’ve learnt more about is the idea of working memory. I’ll share more on that in a later video and I really recommend you watch that one as it is a massive insight into how to help with teenage dyslexia.

The innovative thinking of dyslexic is a real gift to the world and learning how to capitalise on our advantages and compensate for our disadvantages with the amazing tools and resources that are at our disposal will hopefully be something we learn more about as this course progresses.

I hope you’ll enjoy this Hitchhiker’s Guide to Teenage Dyslexia.

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Why Hitchhiking?

WHY HITCHHIKING?

We’ve called this video series the ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to dyslexia and you may be wondering why.

We’re all journeying through life and as a dyslexic person and also someone who loves to hitchhike I can see a lot of parallels and hitchhiking has given me some great insights into how my mind works.

THE DYSLEXICS

Dyslexics are known for out of the box thinking, random thinking, often being scatty, good at improvisation and being adaptable. They don’t often go in straight lines. They don’t often think in straight lines or plan in straight lines or work in straight lines or travel in straight lines. We’ll explore a little bit more of why this is later in the course.

HITCHHIKING AND DYSLEXIA

Hitchhiking can be described in similar ways. Most standard travel plans involve a fixed destination with a well defined route whereas in hitchhiking, although your destination may well be fixed, you stick your thumb out and your route develops as you travel depending on the lifts you get.

This is a great analogy for the dyslexic approach to getting things done. They’ve got a destination for a project, an essay or a business but their way of achieving it can seem like it’s random or unpredictable and an unusual way of doing things. Their way makes sense because of how they’re wired but it can be hard to explain and often replicate and even harder to understand ‘from the outside.’  Our hope is that this video series will help to make more sense of the journey as we travel together.

I’M A HITCHHIKER TOO

After reading ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to Europe’ I set off, aged 17, to hitchhike from Glasgow to Istanbul. I had a few practise sessions closer to home and then off I went. I knew my destination but the route that I took unfolded along the way and often didn’t go where I first thought it would or in the way I thought it would. I did reach Istanbul and I had some great stories of my adventures along the way!

WHERE ARE WE GOING?

What’s our Istanbul for this journey? I’m not sure yet. It feels like we’re at the practise run stage before we set off on the big trip. I think we’ll find our destination along the way and we’ll definitely return with lots of stories and videos from our travels to add to our teenage dyslexia visual library for parents.

On this video journey we’re going to explore teenage dyslexia in the same sort of way.

Hope you enjoy it!

Here’s the full image of the mind map:

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Why Hitchhiking Mind Map: JPEG | PDF | Video

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The Road Map

Hitchhiker's Guide to Dyslexia:

THE ROAD MAP

Welcome to the second video in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Dyslexia that we’re doing here at MindMap Studio.

Today we’re looking at the road map for the journey and some of the things that we’ll be looking as we go along.

If you imagine that right now I have a a big road map of where I think I’d like to go on this journey and I also have lots of little destinations that I’d like to check in on along the way so that we can explore various resources as we travel.

I’ve experienced dyslexia as a teeanger and I’m now the parent of teenagers with dyslexia. In addition to my own experience I now want to explore teenage dyslexia more thoroughly so that I can understand it more and help others navigate it and understands it too.

This video series is my way of visually sharing my journey.

We’ll be covering preparing for our journey, finding out more about dyslexia, identifying some famous dyslexic role models, the advantages and challenges of dyslexia and the various tools and strategies that are available to help deal with these challenges.

Our goal is to create a visual library of material for the parents of dyslexic teenagers. The hitchhiking approach means it may appear a little ad-hoc at first but it will become a comprehensive and hopefully very useful resource.

SIX main destinations

1. IDENTIFY

DYSLEXIA

We’ll cover the basics of dyslexia and the signs to look out for and the various assessments that are available.

We’ll look at assessments in more detail and discover what happens in an assessment and what’s going on behind the scenes.

GET TO KNOW THE

2. ROLE MODELS

We’ll find some dyslexic role models and see what we can learn from them.

3. challenges

of DYSLEXIA

We’ll look at the challenges with memory for dyslexics and how to organise your thoughts and learning so that you can write great essays.

INVESTIGATING THE

4. advantages

There’s some great literature out there and one book I found really helpful was the Dyslexic Advantage so I’ll share more on that and it is a real encouragement on the gift that dyslexics are to the world.

5. media

We’ll look at different online resources such as courses and documentaries and we’ll explore various learning strategies with a particular focus on mindmappig and keywords.

6. strategies

We’ll also look at the technology that is available to assist dyslexic teens and weigh up its pros and cons.

share the resources

We hope this is going to become a helpful and empowering resource for you and if you have friends that could benefit too then please share our videos with them.

Here’s the full image of the mind map:

Available resources

30 Video Challenge Mind Map: JPEG | PDF | Video

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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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Hitchhikers Guide to Dyslexia

Hitchhiker's Guide to Dyslexia Invitation

MindMap Studio has taken on the challenge to produce 30 videos in 30 days for parents with dyslexic teenagers in High school. The aim of these videos is to be a help and a guide as you parent and encourage teenagers with dyslexia. This short video explains more about this challenge.

All of the 30 day videos will be posted to this blog.

the videos

The 30 videos are going to cover:

  • What is Dyslexia?
  • What is Mind Mapping and how can it help?
  • Navigating the teenage years with dyslexia
  • Studying at High School

We will showcase existing dyslexia resources from blogs, podcasts, videos, websites and books and transform them into animated and time-lapse video.

If you are a parent of a dyslexic teenager then these videos are ideal for you and your child, especially if they’re in High school doing exams.

why are we doing this?

We’re doing this because we want to make dyslexia resources accessible to busy parents like you. There’s lots of information out there and it can feel quite overwhelming trying to process it all. Hopefully these videos will help to inform you and provide valuable insight.

We’re going to travel around all the current dyslexia resources and extract the relevant information for you. These videos are created to assist you in helping your dyslexic child in studying and exam preparation.

COME AND JOIN OUR TRAVELS

We’re inviting you to sign up to get these video postcards daily for 30 days. We think the information will be really useful for you and we also want to learn what sort of videos you like and would find most informative.

we need your feedback

Suggest destinations to us, and tell us what you enjoy and help us develop our online training course. And hopefully you'll see how dyslexia is a gift to your child and to the world.

Available resources

30 Video Challenge Mind Map: JPEG | PDF | Video

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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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Welcome!

VIDEOS FOR PARENTS OF DYSLEXIC TEENAGERS

We’re sending 2 new videos weekly on dyslexia + mindmapping. Get email notifications here: