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Swimming With Flippers

Remember the first time you swam with flippers?

In the previous blog, I told you about how we saw our daughter sinking and then crash into exams.

My first reaction to seeing my child sinking in a sea of exam work was to blame someone. But who? Is it the school’s fault? Her fault? The exams? Our fault? Heck, the dogs fault! Dare I admit it, maybe it was a little bit of each? Except the dog of course! I understood our school was really trying its best but, I realized I had to step up and help her from my experience as a dyslexic going through high school.

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Thankfully a window of opportunity opened up. She was now willing to learn how to learn. I wasn’t sure how long it would last. Days? Weeks? Months?  I sat at her messy table to teach her “How to Study”. We naively thought it would be done and dusted in a day or two.

When I asked her to get her Biology folder out, I knew it would be an uphill climb. All her papers were crammed randomly. The rest were in piles underneath her clothes. My heart went out to her. I knew this was dyslexia and she just didn’t have the skills to compensate for her organisational weaknesses. She had tried, but the note taking, bubble diagrams, spider diagrams, flash cards just did not work efficiently for her. She couldn’t ‘swim’ efficiently that way. I knew there was hope because I had been through this phase of dyslexia.

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Finding your flippers

I showed her how to do a real Mind Map, the style that got me through a law degree. She started to light up. She started having ‘aha’ moments when I explained what the benefits of different techniques were. It was like seeing your child go swimming with a set of flippers.

mapped one module of Biology. I’ll never forget that evening. It was the turning point. The next day she did a Biology test and got a ‘B’. I asked if it was what we mapped, but it wasn’t exactly. 

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“Strangely enough”, she explained, “I think it helped sort out my brain and the other Biology in there.” The mapping was even helping things she didn’t map! We got off to a good start. I’d like to say over the next few days she became a study skills master. But some unexpected dyslexia roadblocks got in our way which led to an unexpected solution.

In the next blog, I’ll tell you how she encountered unexpected dyslexia roadblocks along the way. 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.

I’ve done a little 4 minute video that goes a little deeper into this: Finding Solution” 

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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.

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