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!

Leeds dyslexia festival

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 Mindmap 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

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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. 

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Darius Namdaran

Darius Namdaran

Darius is an Edupreneur and the MD of BulletMap™ Studio. He is passionate about helping dyslexic teenagers, 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 Mindmapping course for Dyslexic Teenagers.

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.

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