We’ve called this video series the ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to dyslexia and you may be wondering why.

We’re all journeying through life and as a dyslexic person and also someone who loves to hitchhike I can see a lot of parallels and hitchhiking has given me some great insights into how my mind works.


Dyslexics are known for out of the box thinking, random thinking, often being scatty, good at improvisation and being adaptable. They don’t often go in straight lines. They don’t often think in straight lines or plan in straight lines or work in straight lines or travel in straight lines. We’ll explore a little bit more of why this is later in the course.


Hitchhiking can be described in similar ways. Most standard travel plans involve a fixed destination with a well defined route whereas in hitchhiking, although your destination may well be fixed, you stick your thumb out and your route develops as you travel depending on the lifts you get.

This is a great analogy for the dyslexic approach to getting things done. They’ve got a destination for a project, an essay or a business but their way of achieving it can seem like it’s random or unpredictable and an unusual way of doing things. Their way makes sense because of how they’re wired but it can be hard to explain and often replicate and even harder to understand ‘from the outside.’  Our hope is that this video series will help to make more sense of the journey as we travel together.


After reading ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to Europe’ I set off, aged 17, to hitchhike from Glasgow to Istanbul. I had a few practise sessions closer to home and then off I went. I knew my destination but the route that I took unfolded along the way and often didn’t go where I first thought it would or in the way I thought it would. I did reach Istanbul and I had some great stories of my adventures along the way!


What’s our Istanbul for this journey? I’m not sure yet. It feels like we’re at the practise run stage before we set off on the big trip. I think we’ll find our destination along the way and we’ll definitely return with lots of stories and videos from our travels to add to our teenage dyslexia visual library for parents.

On this video journey we’re going to explore teenage dyslexia in the same sort of way.

Hope you enjoy it!

Here’s the full image of the mind map:


Why Hitchhiking Mind Map: JPEG | PDF | Video

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