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

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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

Stick Shift Thinkers

What is the difference between dyslexics and normal thinkers?

Imagine learning to drive a manual stick shift car but your teacher only knows how to drive an automatic car. Naturally confusions would occur. The teacher expects you to go into drive and step on the gas to move. However, manual cars doesn’t work that way.

Watch the video where I explain the analogy much better.

Stick Shift Thinker
A Mind Map of the Stick Shift Thinker video

When it comes to learning to read and learning to study, how do dyslexics and normal thinkers differentiate?

We can see it as the difference between a manual car and an automatic car. You’ll have a manual thinker and an automatic thinker. A manual thinker goes into one gear then to the next gear then the next. An automatic thinker just go into drive and the car will automatically change the gears for the driver.

Imagine having to learn a manual stick shift car however, your teacher only knows how to ride an automatic car. The teacher, typically, would direct you to push the car to drive mode then put on the gas. The manual car, now on first gear, naturally moves forward. Celebrations will be cut short at a junction where the car abruptly stopped. Nobody knows why. The teacher would easily blames your car. This doesn’t happen in his own car. You are left confused thinking ‘what am I doing wrong?’ You put your foot full throttle on the gas revving yet the car is only going at 30 Miles per Hour, overheating the engine. Now your thinking, ‘There really is something wrong with my car.’

Imagine, someone got in and showed you how to change the gears properly. He won’t just push it in drive and go full throttle. He will teach you how to do the clutch control and go easy on the gas. You are now driving smoothly going 50-60 Miles per Hour.

One in ten cars are stick shift cars. One in ten people are dyslexic. They are manual thinkers who needed to be taught how to go up each gear. It doesn’t mean that your car is any less powerful than a manual car. There are manual Ferrari cars as well as automatic Ferraris. Both of them packed heavy horsepower but operates differently.

So if you’re a systematic thinker you need to systematically go up these four or five gears and drive smoothly. Someone has to teach you how to do it. It could be a teacher, a tutor or a specialist. Someone who understands how to go up the gears with ease. Someone who lets you realise the full range of your capabilities.

What do you think? Let us know on the comments below.

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

Cathy Magee #32

How dyslexia impacts adults and children

Dyslexia Explored #32

Cathy magee

If your Scottish and involved in Dyslexia, this is one to listen to! Also, if your involved in a dyslexia group, there is a lot to learn from how Dyslexia Scotland has grown over the last 50 yrs. 

In this episode we explore the story of Dyslexia Scotland and all the things it can teach us about dyslexia itself and also other groups who help with dyslexia. It all began in 1968 with parent support groups and volunteers. Two main dyslexia organizations developed. The Scottish dyslexia trust, which gave grants and the other “Dyslexia in Scotland” which was about volunteer parents.

Cathy Magee

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

Cathy explains how in 2002 Jackie Stewart the famous formula 1 racing champion, helped pull together both these organizations into one, called Dyslexia Scotland in 2004.

Jackie Stewart found he was dyslexic through his teenage son being identified and is the President of Dyslexia Scotland and Vice President Of the British Dyslexia Association. 

Cathy explains how the biggest challenge that Dyslexia Scotland faced was how to raise the awareness and solutions to the 500,000 adults and children with dyslexia in Scotland and maintaining that wide scope.

We go into depth on the huge range of different things that are available through dyslexia Scotland and also some of the interesting challenges that are unexpected with dyslexia for adults in the workplace doing driving tests and so much more.

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Links you might like to 

Dyslexia Scotland leaflets (there are 38 in total, all free to download and arranged in categories for different groups):

https://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/our-leaflets

Our 3 websites:

www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk (general about all our services, support, information, for anyone with dyslexia and those who support/employ dyslexic people)

www.addressingdyslexia.org (Toolkit for teachers)

www.unwrapped.dyslexiascotland.org.uk (website for dyslexic children and young people aged 8-18)

Social Media channels:

Facebook

Twitter

Youtube

Instagram

Our Blog, A Life less ordinary

Our Helpline: https://www.dyslexiascotland.org.uk/helpline

Monday to Thursday 10am to 4:30pm
Friday 10am to 4pm

How to contact the Helpline:
Telephone: 0344 800 84 84
Email: helpline@dyslexiascotland.org.uk

Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/cathy-magee-06b63a58

Dyslexia Explored episodes: bulletmapstudio.com/dyslexia-explored-podcast/

Mindmapping course: www.bulletmapstudio.com/bulletmap/

Free SundayMap course: www.bulletmapstudio.com/sundaymap/

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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

Dyslexic Advantage Chapter 4

Dyslexia Explored Podcast #31 Show Notes.
The Dyslexic Advantage CHAPTER 5 Review.

Chapter 5: The 'M' Strengths in M.I.N.D.

Join us on the journey as we read it, map it, review it and draw out practical applications from the perspective of life and study skills for children facing High School. It may turn into a book review/book club over time! We will take a chapter per podcast episode and incorporate your questions and comments too. This book is a treasure trove of 26 chapters packed with helpful information for parents and tutors. I’m recording these episodes for people to listen on the go via our podcast. We will also Facebook Live the episodes as they are being recorded.

This is the format of each episode:

1. Summary of the chapter (3 minutes)
2. Favorite quotes (5 minutes)
3. Expand a theme or two (5 minutes)
4. Reflect on what I’ve learnt and experienced from the chapter.
5. Practical applications for parents and tutors of teens.

This episode does a quick overview of chapter 5 of us dyslexic advantage and it also has my top five quotes from it with some thoughts and reflections on it.

3-D thinking or material reasoning are really useful skills in the real world and often aren’t tested in school. This short chapter summarizes what that is, what jobs they are really useful for and some of the practical impacts of it.

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I’ll put the links to each podcast episode here as they are published. If you subscribe to our email list I’ll also send you a notification. Or subscribe to our podcast and you won’t miss an episodes.  

In addition to the interviews that we do on our podcast: Dyslexia Explored I’m really excited to do an in depth book review of The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock L. Eide, M.D., and Fernette F. Eide, M.D. This book is highly recommended and really powerful and affirming. I’m going dig deep into ‘The Dyslexic Advantage‘ with one podcast episode per chapter where I’ll review the content and share my experiences.

The Dyslexic Advantage” is one of the most highly recommended books on dyslexia for good reason. For example, just over two years ago I read only five selected chapters of the book and it significantly contributed to inspiring the motivation behind creating the mission and company of ‘BulletMap Studio‘. My wife and I were inspired to find a way to systematically teach dyslexic teens and entrepreneurs to use mind mapping as a tool that can be used to find creative order out of chaotic thoughts. The insights from the book helped me, as an adult, to identify and harness my dyslexic advantages and, as a teacher, to find methods to teach visual study skills effectively. This is just one example of how this book has catalysed new ways to recognise and harness people’s creative gifts.

This is a well known book and I meet a lot of people who are planning to read it.  My hope is that these podcast episodes will help you find a chapter to get stuck into and find valuable knowledge and inspiration.

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

 

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dyslexia explored

Introducing BulletMap Studio’s podcast “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 Highschool 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 they met the challenges of high school and looking back on who and what helped them.

Our goal is make dyslexic teens and parents of dyslexic teens learn from the experiences of others, and realize that they can use dyslexia as an advantage.

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