William Stone part 2 #37

Study Strategies of a Dyslexic who just finished his Masters degree from Oxford

Dyslexia Explored #37

William Stone

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His dyslexia assessor advised his parents that he couldn’t manage the state school due to his dyslexia but his parents found ways for him to adapt and learn in the state system. 14 yrs later William Stone has a first class honours from the University of Edinburgh and a distinction in his Masters degree from Oxford.

In the last episode, we heard William’s story from his identification at 10 to his graduation from Oxford.

In this episode, he shares his study strategies. We asked him to share how he managed to be methodical even with the ongoing chaos of dyslexia. He shared what worked for him and what didn’t.

Listen to the podcast and find out how William highlights keywords, how he reads and studies, how he takes notes and does flash cards, etc. I hope you enjoy this episode.  

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Links you might like to check out:

William Stone’s portfolio: https://williamstone.myportfolio.com/ 
 
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

William Stone part 1 #36

Distinction at Oxford University with Dyslexia. Writing History of art Essays!

Dyslexia Explored #36

William Stone

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When Williams dyslexia assessor advised his parents that he probably couldn’t manage state school due to his dyslexia his parents decided to do everything they could to keep him in mainstream. Hear the story of William Stone who got first class honours at the University of Edinburgh and recently got a Distinction for his Masters degree in Oxford University for Art History.

He wants dyslexics to know they can definitely be academic if they want to. When he was diagnosed at 10 years. At 13, he was at the bottom of his ‘sets’ (Streamed classes) but something clicked at 14. It was certainly the intensive help and tutoring he was recieving. He shares how doing Karate could have had a positive effect on school too.

He initially wanted to be involved in film after high school but his principal persuaded him to aim for Cambridge. He got rejected twice. Going, instead, to the University of Edinburgh and took Art History where he gained first class honours. He got his place at Oxbridge going to Oxford to do his master. He was ready and fully equipped.

Listen to the podcast hear William’s story. This is Part 1 of 2. The second part is in the next episode. He shares more about his approach to high school and exams.

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Links you might like to check out:

William Stone’s portfolio: https://williamstone.myportfolio.com/ 
 
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

Stephanie Hill #35

Autism: A mum determined to unlock her son so he can live an independent life.

Dyslexia Explored #35

Stephanie Hill

Stephanie Hill

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What do you do when you discover your autistic child’s gibberish means “Please be happy. I’m so sorry.”? When a therapist records your 5-yr old child’s gibberish and slows it down so much you can actually hear the words. What do you do when you realize your child is locked in their mind trying to communicate but can’t?

In this episode, we are going to make a little departure from our normal topic of dyslexia and talk about autism. Autism and dyslexia are different, but I just could not pass up the opportunity to speak with Stephanie and hear this story. As parents of dyslexics, although our children challenges are different, the challenges for us as parents can be similar.

In this episode, I’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Hill, a single mom and former secondary school teacher of English and Spanish, who lives in Las Vegas Nevada.

Stephanie is going to share her autism story, which is quite extreme. For example, her son has received 1000+ hours of tutoring over 12 years at a cost of over $400,000 and a large part of which Stephanie has had to find herself. This is just a small indication of the challenges faced in this story.

For our regular listeners, this episode really gets to the heart of a parents challenge. The parenting lessons and insights are universal to everyone who has a child with extra needs.

She talks about how in the beginning he was meeting all the milestones and being responsive even beginning to speak and say ‘mama’ but something happened at 14 months and he started to shut down. She knew something was wrong. She lived in denial for a year, until a friend had the courage to say “maybe he needs tested for autism”.

She tells the story of the diagnosis at three years old and then the beginning of the treatment. Waking up to the reality that he had 100% chance of being institutionalized for the rest of his life if he didn’t get interventions.

She shares her story of how she has spent the last 12 years determined to give him the best outcome using interventions such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).

The five year process of systematically helping him gain language at the age of 8 yrs. Year after year of working through Ecolalia, gibberish, mono syllabic, scrambled syntax to the point where he gained language and was free to communicate. Stephanie shares the example of when they recording him speaking in gibberish and slowed it down so they could understand him and discovered he was saying “Please be happy. I’m so sorry.” How do you process that as a parent? How do you push on with interventions? How do you find the right balance? She shares her inner struggle with this.

This is a story a mum determined to help unlock her son so he can communicate and live independently.

And she shares about how it’s been as a parent to deal with this.
– Dealing with expectations as a parent.
– Her hopes for her own life being swept away.
– Dealing with the expectations and timelines of society.
– Holding onto her faith that her son can get the best outcome
– The rewards of the journey.

Now at the age of 15 and how they’re still working through this process.
-Acknowledging the huge amounts of progress and development
– Seeing there is still more to do to achieve the goal of an independent man.

Stephanie shares her experience about how important it was to her to hunt for interventions and not feel like a victim.

How it has been a journey of accepting what we’ve been given and make the most of what life is given us. Appreciating the rewards are that this has made them both “indominable, focused and authentic”.

I hope you enjoy this episode. Have a tissue to hand. Please don’t forget to leave a review on what you think of the podcast.

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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.

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

Chrissie Grant #34

The education system and dyslexia: A view from the inside and outside

Dyslexia Explored #34

Chrissie grant

Chrissie Grant

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This episode of Dyslexia Explored, Chrissie Grant shares how she began as a support worker and then branched out into becoming a private education mentor.
 
She talks about how she started a career in acting.
 
The current state of our educational system
 
How schools wait for teenagers to fail
 
The transition from junior school to high school
 
How there’s a gap between academic tutoring and therapeutic tutoring
 
How she’s encountered so many students who think they can’t do things because they’re dyslexic
 
Bringing Hope to people who aren’t positive about their specialized thinking
 
One of the biggest challenges is helping people within the systems understand the advantages of Neurodiversity
 
Building up the link between students home and school
 
How parents often feel let down by the system, yet teachers themselves feel let down by the system because they can’t help the children the way they want to.
 
How seeing children get hooked on learning is like a drug for Chrissie and is a great reward
 
Sharing her own experience of dyspraxia and how affects her work life
 
Advice to her teacher teenage self “life is long”. Enjoy the journey you don’t have to get to the party too soon
 
Advice to herself as a parent in the future. Listen hard to your child and have mindless optimism.

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Multiple Intelligence use your strengths fb group: https://www.facebook.com/multipletypesofintelligence/
 
 
 
All the apps in call Scotland: https://www.callscotland.org.uk/home/
 
  • Post it notes
  • Whiteboards
  • Mind Mapping
  • Mindfulness
  • Kindness to yourself
  • Believe in yourself
  • Music
  • Yoga
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

Christine Robenalt #33

Physical therapist finds how dyslexia helps + hinders her work: Through her son.

Dyslexia Explored #33

Christine Robenalt

Listen to Christine Robenalt, a physical therapist, a Barton reading instructor and a mum of 2 dyslexic children from Colorado share her dyslexia story. 

Christine Robenalt

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

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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.

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