Leeds Dyslexia Festival 2018 Recorded Talks + Videos​

LEEDS DYSLEXIA FESTIVAL 2018
RECORDED TALKS + VIDEOS

SEVEN RECORDED TALKS

 

The Leeds Dyslexia Festival was held on the 29th of September 2018, at Elland Road Stadium. It was an honour to be one of the presenters at the conference. We met a lot of people from all over the country who are very passionate about dyslexia. This page is a gathering of seven of the main talks given at the festival in the main hall for your reference.

The Leeds Dyslexia Festival was also a jump start to Dyslexia Awareness Week (DAW) which takes place from Monday 1st to Sunday 7th October 2018 with World Dyslexia Awareness Day being celebrated on Thursday 4th October.

Live Mind Mapping

As part of our participation we did some ‘live mind mapping’ of two talks to help the listeners to have an added visual to enhance their experience. We had no idea what the content was, so what you see is how it would look like if Darius was taking rough notes in a lecture. You will be able to observe how mind mapping is like in real time while the speaker is sharing. Warts and all!

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We would like to extend our appreciation to the organizers of the festival, Yorkshire Rose Dyslexia  and PATOSS, for giving us the opportunity to share our passion of helping Dyslexics especially teens to reduce the stress High School through mind mapping. We also like to thank all the keynote speakers for letting us record and share your talk to others who wanted to listen. 

RUNNING ORDER:

We recorded the talks for our podcast Dyslexia Explored.

This was the order of the talks:

  1. Opening address from Helen Boden CEO of British Dyslexia Association
  2. Address from Lynn Greenwold O.B.E., CEO of PATOSS
  3. Keynote speaker; Professor Jonathan Glazzard
  4. Dr Paula Clarke, Associate Professor.
  5. Darius Namdaran, M.D. Mindmap Studio
  6. Benedict Phillips, Artist, and Consultant.
They are all listed below with their podcast links and video maps.

Opening address from British Dyslexia Association

Helen Boden

Helen Boden, CEO of the British Dyslexia Association, gives the opening address and tells the story of the BDA from 1972. One of the first dyslexia associations in the world. The UK has often been at the forefront of Dyslexia awareness with the BDA leading the way. These talks have universal appeal. The festival had 600 adults and 100 children attend. A mixture of parents and educators.

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Address from Lynn Greenwold O.B.E., CEO of PATOSS

Lynn Greenwold O.B.E.

Address from Lynn Greenwold O.B.E., CEO of PATOSS, a network of  1800+ private assessors and tutors, explains how this Festival grew from one of their local professional development groups. Originally conceived as a local training session, rapidly grew to a regional festival with 700+ attendees, professionals, parents and children.

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The Impact of Dyslexia on Students’ Sense of Self

Professor Jonathan Glazzard

Prof. Glazzard tells the story of a School inspection sunk by Headteacher fighting for 4 Dyslexics. How a school inspection felt like from a head teachers perspective. Half of his students had strong dyslexic traits. It was unusual. The head teacher had a hard choice that echoes what a lot of parents feel. He goes onto share his study on the “Phonics reading Check” in UK. And the results of his research interviews with dyslexic teens and teachers. The most unexpected is how helpful children find the label ‘dyslexia’.

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Making meaning from what we read: Effective approaches for supporting learners to understand text

Dr. Paula Clarke

Dr. Paula Clarke, Associate Professor at the University of Leeds presented ” Making meaning from what we read: Effective approaches for supporting learners to understand the text.”

Dr Clarke explains some of the reading approach models and how they can be helpful as a framework to understand how to help people read especially Dyslexic children. Taking things further than Phonics into the realm of how we understand text within our own frames of reference. 

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How mindmapping helps dyslexics in school

Darius Namdaran, M.D.

Darius Namdaran, the Director of BulletMap Studio, shares how Mind mapping can reduce High School stress for Dyslexic teens. As a dyslexic himself, he shared his story on how he discovered Mind mapping and how it helped with his dyslexia. He goes into explaining a Day in life of Dyslexic teen, describing dyslexia as a zero gravity workshop, how mind mapping works and bullet mapping. He also went on to mind map most of the talks at the festival. He inspired parents and teenagers to discover mind mapping for themselves.

Listen to the talk while on the go from your favorite podcast app or click here to listen to this episode from i.tunes. 

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3D thinkers in a 2D world

Listen to the talk while on the go from your favorite podcast app or click here to listen to this episode from i.tunes. 

Benedict Phillips

Benedict Phillips, Artist and Consultant,  talks about being “3D Thinkers in a 2D world”. This is wonderfully creative and gently humorous. Benedict Phillips shares about his severe dyslexia. A whistle stop tour of his story: – His school years. – 6 years of special educational lessons in a regular school. – Being illiterate at 16 – Excelling at Art School. – His ranting years. – The creation of the ‘Benedictionary’ to help Lexics translate their words into Dyslexic spelling. – Then his plan to help people learn to be Dyslexic with his ‘Exam’ as performance art. – His years of working in schools.

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THE MAIN ORGANIZER OF THE FESTIVAL: HELEN WELLS

Insights from 10 years as a
Special Education Needs Coordinator in a school.

Helen Wells

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

Listen to the talk while on the go from your favorite podcast app or click here to listen to this episode from i.tunes. 

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

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

Study Skills Strategy

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Study Skills Strategy

The benefits of a study skills strategy

We all hope for the best. To actually achieve our best, we need to plan for the best. We need to plan to succeed. I’m not just talking about grades her but all areas of life.

Is your dyslexic teen going to sit down and devise a study strategy that takes them from the first lesson to the final exam? For most people they only properly formulate this strategy in University, if at all. Getting to University can be a real challenge for dyslexic teens if they don’t learn this strategy now.

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I’m going to ask you to make an investment into Study Skills Training for your son or daughter. It’s hard to say if it’s going to be expensive for you or not because it depends on what you compare it to.

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Robert Orben said “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Educating a dyslexic child is more costly than others in money, time and emotions.

Study Skills System

I had a think about what it might have cost us if we hadn’t paid the price to learn an effective  study system for my daughter?

  • 200+ of hours of unnecessary re-reading and rewriting
  • 100+ parent hours of revision supervision and assistance
  • 100+ parent hours of restructuring essays.
  • Weekends of stress
  • Interrupted holidays
  • Unnecessary failures
  • Frustration and resentment for how much it dominates life
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This is literally £1000’s of pounds of negative impact. And its avoidable for most families if they bite the bullet and invest the time and effort to learn a more suitable system. It takes effort. Studying is hard work. But at least it’s doable if you have the right tools.

The benefits and outcomes are massive:

  • Increased Confidence
  • More social time at school
  • Less anxiety
  • More fun time together with your child
  • More independent and resilient child
  • Take notes confidently
  • Make presentations
  • Tell stories well
  • Write essays quickly and concisely
  • Remember things in tests
  • Remember essay structures
  • Get qualifications!
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I’m offering an early bird discount on our next intake of students in August. There are limited places available and we can take a maximum of 24 students in this intake. We are opening the doors for registration to our email list members before we launch to the public. If you feel this could be of value to you would you click on the button and reserve your place.

I’ve got a series of live workshops for parents to ask questions about the course and find out more. If you sign up there’s a full money back guarantee- no questions asked for any part you’ve not used. Which includes a full refund if you cancel before we start.

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. Subscribe to our newsletter for more articles and videos.

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

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.

 

PARENT’S GUIDE TO MIND MAPPING

Looking for practical strategies for Dyslexia in the teenage years? We have a whole range of resources and videos to help you as a parent. Please subscribe to our notification list and we’ll send you valuable videos on Study Skills, mindmapping, dyslexia and highschool, free, each week.

As a thank you for joining our email list we’ll send you 4 inspiring study skills videos on mind mapping. You may be wondering “can study skills videos be inspiring?” Have a look at this one.

Services Offered

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Services Offered

So what does our service offer?

Here’s a more complete explanation of what I’m offering through our course.

It’s a place to bring you together with others learning to ride ‘wild horses’. We will systematically take each challenge you are going to face and show you and your teen a way that will make it faster, fun and more fruitful with study skills. The course will be weekly in two blocks, a 4 week block with a break before we do the 6 week block. We’ll meet live on video conference each week for a study group for 45 minutes. I’m going to be with you encouraging and teaching you along the way.

Both you and your teenager are going to learn an efficient way of working that will let you ride that wild horse without undue force. You’ll probably get on better, sleep better and have better skin and much less stress.

Your teen will definitely get homework done quicker, revision completed effectively and will maximise their performance in exams.

When our daughter hit the roadblock of her exams we realised that although we were paying for subject tutors and that they were definitely helping it wasn’t going to make enough of a difference because she didn’t know how to remember and use the information she was learning. 

That’s when we realised that we had to go back to basics and teach her study skills that would outlast her exams and serve her well throughout  life. These courses are our way of offering these study skills to your teenager as well.

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You could both enroll in our Mind mapping Study Skill system for £499 ($888 AUD) and go on an adventure with us, that works.

Not everyone has access to this. There are only 24 places per intake and because of the live nature of the tutorials it only works for certain time zones so right now we’re opening the course up to the UK and Australia. We have tutorials on Tuesday evenings (your time) in August/Sept.

Here are your options:

The Full Study Strategy is taught in 3 blocks:

  • Block 1 is our beginners course (101) which takes 2 hours of videos
  • Block 2 trains you to map your lessons, homework and essays (201) and takes 4 weeks of videos and tutorials.
  • We like to give you a break to let it settle in and for practice before:
  • Block 3 trains you to do tests and exams (301) which is 6 weeks of videos and tutorials.

This full strategy costs £499. (Beginner 101 + Essays 201 + Exams 301)

Or you could start with the High School and Essay Strategy (Beginner 101 + Essays 201) for £299.

If you’re unsure I’d suggest you try our beginners course for £25.

Watch a recorded workshop which explains the course in more detail if you’d like to know more before securing your place.

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. Subscribe to our newsletter for more articles and videos.

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

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.

 

PARENT’S GUIDE TO MIND MAPPING

Looking for practical strategies for Dyslexia in the teenage years? We have a whole range of resources and videos to help you as a parent. Please subscribe to our notification list and we’ll send you valuable videos on Study Skills, mindmapping, dyslexia and highschool, free, each week.

As a thank you for joining our email list we’ll send you 4 inspiring study skills videos on mind mapping. You may be wondering “can study skills videos be inspiring?” Have a look at this one.

Wondered what a dyslexic school day with study skills might look like?

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Dyslexic School Day with
Study Skills

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Wondered what a dyslexic school day with study skills might look like?

I was lucky because when I was speaking to my daughter I knew what it was like when a dyslexic person learnt a visual study strategyI’ve done it and reaped the benefits for 25 years

My daughter, on the other hand, couldn’t imagine how much better school life would be if she just knew how to organise her mind. My wife and I had to deliberately tell her stories and build up a picture of what life would be like if she learnt to ride the wild horse and didn’t just let it run wild.

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Would you like to know what a day in the life of a dyslexic teen ‘John’ would look like if he knew how to mind map effectively? We made a video of what we think it would look like. Every part of this story can be backed up by the experiences from our bands of riders.

In the next blog, I’ll tell you how to communicate your thoughts through mind mapping. If you haven’t subscribe to our email list yet, please subscribe now. We’ll send you valuable videos on Study Skills, mind mapping, dyslexia and high school, free.

Here is the 5 minutes video. It’s powerful to be able to visualise what is possible, and how much it’s worth it.

You can see from the video above how John is using mind mapping as a multi tool for all the little things that used to trip him up continually. He’s becoming an independent learner.

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. Subscribe to our newsletter for more articles and videos.

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

 

PARENT’S GUIDE TO MIND MAPPING

Looking for practical strategies for Dyslexia in the teenage years? We have a whole range of resources and videos to help you as a parent. Please subscribe to our notification list and we’ll send you valuable videos on Study Skills, mindmapping, dyslexia and highschool, free, each week.

As a thank you for joining our email list we’ll send you 4 inspiring study skills videos on mind mapping. You may be wondering “can study skills videos be inspiring?” Have a look at this one.

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.

Communicate your thoughts

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Communicate your thoughts

The power of being able to communicate your thoughts?

Why do I mind map? What’s the benefits of this little discipline? Oops. I said a controversial word 😉 Discipline. Us dyslexics have been misunderstood and on the wrong end of discipline a lot in the history of schooling. Thankfully we no longer get the belt  but we do need discipline, but a type that matches our way of working. Mind mapping is an unlikely source of discipline. How do you discipline a wild horse? Wisely!

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How does a mind map do that? In our course I explain how mind mapping forces us to use our natural talents towards creative thinking within a structured map. The mind map becomes like a ‘coach’. This video will explain how our minds are like “Zero Gravity Workshops”. This 6 minutes video literally blows people’s minds.

communicate your thoughts through mind mapping

What I want to share with you is how mind mapping can actually transform a person who is locked in a world of disorganisation. Choosing to take a moment to visually place your thoughts down on paper helps dyslexics unlock their genius and deliver real results to the world.

This is no simple task for a dyslexic mind. A creative mind can be wild, disorganised, anxious, and can ramble on to try and find the right point to communicate. Our students are finding they now have a way of working that helps them organise their thoughts, be calm, tell great stories, write concise essays, express their ideas in a way people understand, plan realistic projects, figure out what to do next and, above all, GET THINGS FINISHED.

communicate your thoughts

In the next blog, I’ll tell you the benefits of the study skills strategy. If you haven’t subscribe to our email list yet, please subscribe now. We’ll send you valuable videos on Study Skills, mind mapping, dyslexia and high school, free.

If you want this way of working for your child then could I suggest that you take the idea of mind mapping seriously, invest time in it and learn how to do it with them. Have a look when the next band of wild horse riders depart. We only take 24 out on expeditions. More information is here

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. Subscribe to our newsletter for more articles and videos.

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

 

PARENT’S GUIDE TO MIND MAPPING

Looking for practical strategies for Dyslexia in the teenage years? We have a whole range of resources and videos to help you as a parent. Please subscribe to our notification list and we’ll send you valuable videos on Study Skills, mindmapping, dyslexia and highschool, free, each week.

As a thank you for joining our email list we’ll send you 4 inspiring study skills videos on mind mapping. You may be wondering “can study skills videos be inspiring?” Have a look at this one.

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.