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Dyslexia Coaching – What is it?

What are the first steps in the dyslexia coaching process – this post describes the first two – exploring an individual’s perception of dyslexia and identifying thinking that may not be serving them well in gaining particular skills.

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My daily blog on dyslexia coaching – why I’ve decided to write one.

I want to share my experience and understanding of dyslexia coaching with fellow dyslexics, with parents of dyslexic children, with teachers and lectures, and indeed with anyone who has an interest in the issue of dyslexia. I hope to give an insight into what I do as a dyslexia coach on a day to day basis – to share the way that I support people who are struggling to understand and overcome their dyslexia; and to offer lots of tips, strategies, techniques, methods, and thinking with you.

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Session 3 (About)

Session 3: What do we mean by ‘Improving Reading and Writing Skills’? What does this session include?   Warm Up Game/Brain Exercise In this exercise, you will be presented with slides containing various shapes, and the aim  is to say the shape in the very middle. Are you up for the challenge?  This exercise is…

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Session 2 (About)

Session 2: What do we mean by ‘Increasing Confidence and Self-esteem’? What does this session include? Warm Up Game/Brain Exercise In this exercise, you will be presented with slides containing colourful words, and the aim  is to say the colour of the word, not the word itself. Are you up for the challenge?  This exercise…

Session 1 (About)

  Session 1: What do we mean by ‘Perception of Dyslexia’? What does this session include? Warm Up Game/Brain Exercise All the sessions in the Dyslexia Self-Developmednt Programme start with a fun brain exercise. Why? All of our brain exercises are designed to help you switch on your thinking and put you in an alert…

Session Overviews

The Dyslexia Self-Development Programme – Level 1 (Sessions 1 – 12. Please scroll down) Session 1 – About ‘Perception of Dyslexia’ Welcome to session one. In this session we are going to explore what we mean by perception of dyslexia. Find Out More     Session 2 – About ‘Confidence and Self-Esteem’ Welcome to session…

High Frequency Words – Speed Reading Challenge – KS1 video 3/10

This Video (3/10) and printable Worksheet helps dyslexic and non dyslexic children to become fluent readers. Many of the high frequency words are not phonically regular and are hard to read in the early stages – these are often referred to as “tricky words”. Most of the high frequency words are tricky and it is…

High Frequency Words – Speed Reading Challenge – KS1 video 2/10

This Video (2/10) and printable Worksheet helps dyslexic and non dyslexic children to become fluent readers. These words do not need the reader to rely on the use of phonics to decode them when reading. Many of the high frequency words are not phonically regular and are hard to read in the early stages –…

High Frequency Words – Speed Reading Challenge – KS1 video 1/10

This Video and printable Worksheet helps dyslexic and non dyslexic children to become fluent readers. These words do not need the reader to rely on the use of phonics to decode them when reading. Many of the high frequency words are not phonically regular and are hard to read in the early stages – these…

Sir Ken Robinson – Do Schools Kill Creativity?

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award. Don’t just watch – ENGAGE! Let us know what do you think about it! Related posts: ‘Schools of Dyslexia DOOM’ – Parents of dyslexic children take control!

50 years old dyslexic man and my life is a living hell, sometimes I want to die

This is a video response to a comment left under My Dyslexia Life Story video. It is understandable that dyslexia can have such a negative impact on a person’s life especially if they are struggling to understand and overcome it fully. If this is the case within your life then please don’t hesitate to get…

A programme that helps dyslexic children to develop touch typing skills

Dyslexic Brian loves Nessy products – especially Nessy Fingers: A programme that helps dyslexic children to develop touch typing skills. Nessy Fingersis ideal for students who have specific learning difficulties (dyslexia and dyspraxia): 9 levels of difficulty allow all abilities to succeed Keys are taught alphabetically, reinforcing the sequence and giving a logical learning structure Multi-sensory lessons…

Dyslexia – Pop Words – iPad Apps for developing Dyslexic Brain by Amy

Amy our dyslexia youth coach reviews iPad Apps useful for Developing Dyslexic Brains. We hope loads of dyslexic children and parents of dyslexic children will find Amy’s reviews helpful in choosing iPad apps. In this video Amy talks about Pop Words Game – FREE for iPad. You can contact Amy to pick her brains, ask…

Dyslexia – Spelling Mastery – iPad Apps for developing Dyslexic Brain by Amy

Amy our dyslexia youth coach reviews iPad Apps useful for Developing Dyslexic Brains. We hope loads of dyslexic children and parents of dyslexic children will find Amy’s reviews helpful in choosing iPad apps. In this video Amy talks about Spelling Mastery Game – FREE for iPad. You can contact Amy to pick her brains, ask…

Dyslexia Youth Coach – Amy is a Massive Hit with Dyslexic Young People

Dyslexic Brian would like to warmly welcome 11 year old Amy into the team. Amy is the second young person to join the team as a Dyslexia Youth Coach. Amy has already created a series of videos that teach us how to memories the alphabet backwards and forwards using her special and easy to learn…

Dyslexia Youth Coach – Pav Singh is an Instant Success

Dyslexic Brian is proud to present Pav – the first Dyslexia Youth Coach to join the team. 14 year old Pav has decided, after successfully completing the first three months of the Dyslexia Self-Development Programme, to share all that he has learnt so far with fellow students from across the world. Pav has already created…

My Dyslexia Life Story – By Antonio Farruggia-Bochnak VIDEO STORY

I’ve always been so proud to be dyslexic and I’m always really happy to share my experience of dyslexia, especially with dyslexic people who may be struggling to understand and overcome their dyslexia related difficulties.
The timing for this couldn’t have been better as we are just about to release a FREE Dyslexia Coaching programme called “How to Become a Black Belt in Dyslexia” that is based on my doctoral research on dyslexia. (Keep checking the ‘Dyslexia Dojo’ tab in the menu bar on DyslexicBrian.com to see when the programme has been released, or, join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates).

Making Reading Right | Dyslexia Inspirational Story

Dyslexic academic Antonio Farruggia-Bochnak has made the leap from dunce to doctor. Now he wants to help others overcome the condition which proved such a handicap in his childhood. TOM HENRY reports on the self-help dyslexia website he has set up with his brother.

Proud to Be Dyslexic | Dyslexia Inspirational Story

Having been branded a dunce at the age of six, Antonio Farruggia left school virtually illiterate. He’s now close to completing a PhD on a subject close to his heart – dyslexia. Tom Henry meets this remarkable man who has embraced dyslexia and made it his great strength.

From Dunce to Degree | Dyslexia Inspirational Story

Birmingham Evening Mail, The Life Mag. 16.04.00 by David Jones Share Education experts have made great strides in the teaching of dyslexic children, but understanding of the condition has been a long time coming. Birmingham youth worker Antonio Farruggia tells DAVID JONES how he conquered his dyslexia to gain a degree “I WAS in my…

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Square Pegs in Round Holes | School Days

Shane Waugh have written a few poems that reflects some of the experiences of his dyslexia and some about his life in general. He’s asked Dyslexic Brian to publish his poems as he hopes they will be of some value to other dyslexic people. Here is the first of 12 poems that Shane has kindly shared with us.
“The Dyslexic Poet | Square Pegs in Round Holes” by Shane Waugh
Poem 1: School Days

Thanks to everyone who supported Dyslexic Brian during 2010

Thanks to everyone who supported Dyslexic Brian during 2010 – we really appreciate all of your thoughtful comments on Facebook  Twitter and YouTube and also the effort taken to spread the word about the work we are doing. We are really looking forward to a very productive 2011 that will hopefully see the completion of…

Dyslexic Brian News December 2010

In November we started work on a FREE Dyslexia Coaching Programme called ‘How to Become a Black Belt in Dyslexia’ – it’s a video based programme aimed at assisting ‘dyslexic’ people to develop a powerful mindset and to overcome their dyslexia related difficulties.

You can find the ‘How to Become a Black Belt in Dyslexia’ programme on our website – click here or on the ‘Dyslexia Dojo’ tab in our menu bar.
In November we started work on a FREE Dyslexia Coaching Programme called ‘How to Become a Black Belt in Dyslexia’ – it’s a video based programme aimed at assisting ‘dyslexic’ people to develop a powerful mindset and to overcome their dyslexia related difficulties.

You can find the ‘How to Become a Black Belt in Dyslexia’ programme on our website – click here or on the ‘Dyslexia Dojo’ tab in our menu bar.

White Belt in Dyslexia – Dyslexic but unaware of it! Dyslexia Video

Within this video Antonio Farruggia-Bochnak explains some of the things that he experienced during his 14 years as a White Belt Dyslexic.

Antonio also explains some of processes that he coaches people through to assist them to create their own unique personal theory of dyslexia.

Coming soon… we are releasing a few videos that explain exercises that might be useful for people within the White Belt stage – so, keep checking back or join us on Facebook , Twitter or YouTube to keep updated.

Please let us know what you think about the White Belt stage of dyslexia and/or ask any questions you may have by posting them in the comment box below – it will be great to hear from you.

Become a Black Belt in Dyslexia – Dyslexia Dojo Video (4 of 4)

It’s always good to have somewhere that you can get away from the rest of the world and focus on yourself and your dyslexia development. You can set up a Dyslexia Dojo in a corner of your bedroom, in the living room, or even in the conservatory, it really doesn’t matter where. It’s good to have somewhere that you can keep all of your dyslexia related things such as your books on dyslexia, self-development CDs, and, dyslexia notebook and journal (these are covered within future videos).

Become a Black Belt in Dyslexia – Mindset Video (3 of 4)

In this video Antonio Farruggia-Bochnak, Senior Dyslexia Coach at Dyslexic Brian, talks about the importance of creating the ‘right’ mindset in order for you to be able to explore your dyslexia at the level needed for you to get the best results from this programme.

Antonio talks about the need to create an open mindset about dyslexia and how important it is to let go of fixed notions of dyslexia that may be holding you back from creating a new, more positive and empowering dyslexia mindset.

Become a Black Belt in Dyslexia – Disclaimer Video (2 of 4)

The ‘How to Become a Black Belt in Dyslexia’ is a FREE Dyslexia Coaching programme that will hopefully assist you to reconceptualise your dyslexia in a more positive and empowering way. Undertaking this programme is a positive set if you are trying to understand and overcome your dyslexia related difficulties.

Become a Black Belt in Dyslexia – Video Introduction (1 of 4)

In this video Antonio Farruggia-Bochnak welcomes you to the New FREE Dyslexia Coaching programme that has been created at Dyslexic Brian called ‘How to Become a Black Belt in Dyslexia’. The aim of this Dyslexia Coaching programme is to assist people who are struggling to understand their dyslexia to increase their awareness of dyslexia and overcome their dyslexia related difficulties.

Dyslexia Through An Artists Eye – Lerato Motau Inspirational Story

Lerato Motau hid her dyslexia from others by drawing and doodling instead of writing. It was her secret that she never shared… until now. Lerato has bravely drawn on her life’s journey and is embracing her true self.

She has created a body of artwork that reveals her story of overcoming dyslexia by expressing herself through the visual arts, culminating in this exhibition entitled, Dyslexia Through An Artists Eye.

2000 word essay in a week? You have to be joking?

This brilliant short story by Shirley Cooper from Aberdeen in Scotland gives ‘none-dyslexic people’ an insight into a few of the issues experienced by some ‘dyslexic people’ when faced with the task of having to write a 2,000 word essay in just one week.

The Cure for Dyslexia

I often get asked if it is possible to cure dyslexia to which I generally reply “No”. I reply “No” not because a cure for dyslexia doesn’t exist […], but simply because such a question implies that ‘dyslexia’ stems from some form of ‘deficit’, ‘abnormality’, or some other form of ‘less than normal state of functioning’ that exists within the individual.

Inspirational Dyslexia Story by Mairi Sharratt

Mairi Sharratt, poet from Edinburgh, is an exceptional woman who, armed with the memory of inspirational parental support, has fought against all adversity, taken on extraordinary challenges, and pushed herself through the dyslexia pain barrier to surface as an accomplished poet!

Josh Cope’s Dyslexia Life Story – so far…

This dyslexia life stories by Josh Cope, Trustee of UK Youth, is a great example of how a young person, determined to succeed in life, pushed his way through the dyslexia pain barrier to come out the other side with a great sense of pride in being dyslexic.

‘Schools of Dyslexia DOOM’ – Parents of dyslexic children take control!

Question:

Is there any way I can make the school understand things about dyslexia?

Answer:

Over the years I have come into contact with loads of parents of dyslexia children. The vast majority of these parents are happy with the levels of dyslexia awareness and support within their children’s schools.

There are thousands of great schools out there that are jam packed with brilliant teacher who know exactly how to support and encourage dyslexic children to learn to read, write and do well at school.

These teachers support dyslexic children to learn without them feeling too much (if any) negative difference between themselves and the other children in the class… These teachers have a knack for assisting dyslexic children to build up their confidence, self-esteem, self-belief, etc… These teachers are able to stimulate the minds of dyslexic children and show them that ‘learning’ is fun and worthwhile… Wow for teachers like this!

4,000 Children Caught Cheating in exams – Immoral or Ingenious?

Today’s educational headlines have focused on the 4,000 children who got caught ‘cheating’ in their exams.

The majority of these children were apparently caught using their mobile phones to download answers to their exam questions.

I was so shocked when I heard this – not because I think these children were wrong – quite the opposite, I think they should all be praised and given an award for their ingenuity.

Isn’t it a bit peculiar how, in the twenty-first century, schools test children on the amount of information they can hold in their heads and then regurgitate on demand – when with a couple of click of on their phones all this information is available to them!

Is the iPad Good or Bad for Dyslexic Children?

Will the new iPad help our hinder dyslexic children to improve their literacy skills?

This is a good question – a bit of a tricky one to answer – but a good one nevertheless.

At Dyslexic Brian we love any resource that encourages dyslexic children to develop their literacy skills whilst having fun – and we feel that the iPad will do this job nicely.

A great feature on the iPad is its onscreen keypad that looks so, so, sooooo touchable – who wouldn’t want to tap away all day on those sexy looking keys?!

We are going to check out if any touch typing tutorial type applications are available for the iPad – we’re guessing that there are – in which case if you’re dyslexic and lucky enough to have an iPad already, then download a touch typing Application and start learning to touch type in style!

Fun Brain Website – Great Resource for Dyslexics

Dyslexic Brian loves this website – and not just because its got the word ‘Brian’ in it :)

We love it because we think that it’s a great resource for dyslexic people who want to improve their literacy skills whilst playing games…

This month I reviewed the book Twilight written by Stephenie Meyer

Smitten or Bitten by Vampire Stories? Have you ever read a vampire book before, expecting to be cast into a fantasy world of spell binding excitement – only to find it hasn’t exactly met your expectations? Well, don’t let your past experience put you off! This is a brilliantly written book that I’m sure will…

Make the Letters Stop Dancing – an Inspirational Dyslexia Life Story

The following  Inspirational Dyslexia Life Story and poem ‘Make the Letters Stop Dancing’ was sent to us by Andrea Boff Sutton, a remarkable woman who has harnessed her ‘dyslexia’ and turned it into an amazing resource. I hope that you enjoy this poem as much as I did – I’m sure that Andrea’s story will…

The Dyslexic Label and Low Self-Esteem

Several years ago I ran a workshop in Birmingham that was aimed at assisting parents of dyslexic children to gain a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding dyslexia.

Here’s to a Prosperous Dyslexic 2,000 & TEN!!!

We would like to wish you a Prosperous Dyslexic 2,000 & TEN – and that you have fun in the New Year overcoming your dyslexia!

We’ve got lots of exciting plans for 2010 that we hope will assist dyslexic people to overcome their dyslexic related difficulties. Here are a few things that are in the pipeline for 2010:

Confidence Building in Dyslexic Children

With sequencing difficulties, any form of writing or math/s is going to present severe problems, and the dyslexic child cannot fail to notice that almost all of the other children are able to do the work which he or she finds so hard.

New Brain Findings On Dyslexic Children | by Wendy Leopold

Recent scientific studies suggest that children with developmental dyslexia – a neurological disorder affecting reading and spelling skills in 5 to 10 percent of school aged children – have difficulties separating relevant auditory information from competing noise.

Dyslexia Workshop Makes a Big Splash!

Despite the heavy rain on Saturday 14th November 2009, four parents and three children turned up to Dyslexic Brian’s Parent as Dyslexia Support Coach Workshop.

Reading and Writing – Why Dyslexics Love or Loath it!

Over the years I have come across dozens of dyslexic people who, like you, have a passion for reading and writing.

Perhaps the reason that you and many other dyslexic people love to read and write is because reading and writing are great inventions. Reading can be a great way to stimulate our inner selves and writing can be a great way to help us express our inner selves.

I’m Luke, I’m five, and my dad’s Bruce Lee

Share A HEART-WARMING song about a little boy riding in his father’s digger has become a sudden favourite for Christmas No1 2005. (Click here to watch video) The track, called The JCB Song, came from nowhere to lead the charge for the festive top spot and will go head to head with the likes of…

Dyslexia Inspired Song by Nizlopi

A HEART-WARMING song about a little boy riding in his father’s digger has become a sudden favourite for Christmas No1 2005. (Click here to read the story)Share I’m 5 years old and my dad’s a giant sitting beside me. And the engine rattles my bum like berserk While we’re singin’ , ‘Don’t forget your shovel…

Malcolm | Dyslexia Inspirational Story

Share As with many ‘dyslexics’ Malcolm’s experience of the British education system was not a good one. Before being labeled as ‘dyslexic’ Malcolm’s lack of concentration was a concern and a mystery to his parents. At the age of seven his parents paid for him to be assessed at the Dyslexia Institute. In Malcolm’s own…

First Overcoming Dyslexia Workshop Gets Thumbs Up

The first of our Overcoming Dyslexia Workshops that we ran on the 3rd November gets the thumbs up from everyone who took part.

The purpose of the workshops was to explore our perceptions of dyslexia. We did this by carrying out several exercises that Antonio used within the dyslexia support programme that he developed as part of his PhD research.

Overcoming Dyslexia as an Obstacle to Success

FAMOUS PERSON

OBSTACLES EXPERIENCED
Jamie Oliver

Famous chef and celebrity
Was put in the ‘stupid row’ when at primary school; later, as an unemployed and struggling single parent, wrote on scraps of paper in a local café.
F W Woolworth

Famous for founding the ‘Woolworths’ chain of shops
Enjoys writing songs and tried to get into reading but just can’t get into that ‘book thing’.
Richard Branson

Famous entrepreneur
Achieved his greatest work after the age of 46, by which time he was completely deaf.
Ludwig van Beethoven

A famous composer
Being dyslexic has helped him in the business world – he sees some things more clearly than others.
Alexander Graham Bell
Famous for inventing the telephone in 1876 Didn’t speak until he was four and didn’t read until he was seven. His teacher described him as ‘mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams’.
J K Rowling
A famous writer Was told by his employers at the shop where he worked that he was not good enough to service customers.
Albert Einstein
A brilliant physicist Was told after a meeting with the President, “That’s an amazing invention, but who would want to use one of them?”
Robbie Williams
Famous singer Didn’t do well at school; people thought he was ‘thick’.

Source: Senco_Logo

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2009 – Dyslexic Brian Supporting the Cause!!!

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2009 – Dyslexic Brian Supporting the Cause!!!

Its the British Dyslexia Association’s Dyslexia Awareness Week from 1st – 7th November 2009.

Dyslexic Brian is doing his bit for the Dyslexia Cause – Spreading the WORD via LIVE Radio Shows, Dyslexia Workshops, and Guest Speaking Events.

Do your bit too – tell the world about dyslexia and if they need to find out more then tell them to give Dyslexic Brain a call!

Don’t forget to sign up for our Newsletter to receive the latest Dyslexic Brian News Updates.

All the best and have a great Dyslexia Awareness Week.

Dyslexic man named as top teacher | October 2009

A West Yorkshire teacher who overcame dyslexia to achieve his career dream has been named the most outstanding new teacher in the country.

Edward Vickerman, head of business at The Freeston Business and Enterprise College in Normanton, was given the title at the Teaching Awards in London.

Because of his dyslexia, the 26-year-old said he was sidelined at school and not expected to achieve much.

He was described by a colleague as a “whirlwind” in the classroom.

While working in the hotel industry, Mr Vickerman discovered ways of overcoming his dyslexia and achieved a degree in hotel management, which set him on the road to success.

Invigorated department

He then decided to pursue his dream of becoming a teacher and chose to take a postgraduate teaching qualification.

Colleagues and students said Mr Vickerman was an “inspiration to work with” and had invigorated the department, introducing new courses to match student needs.

Mr Vickerman said he gets round his dyslexia by using new technology in lessons rather than communicating by writing.

The Teaching Awards, founded by Lord Puttnam 11 years ago, are open to every school in the UK and reward excellent teachers, head teachers, teaching assistants, governors and sustainable schools.

Source: BBC published Monday, 26 October 2009

Dyslexic Brian – LIVE Radio Show about Dyslexia

Dyslexic Brian is being interviewed by Maf, one of Bristol’s best know DJ’s, on Bristol Community FM.

The interview will be on 29th October 2009 between 2pm and 3pm (UK time)

Click here for the Bristol Community FM website

Antonio Farruggi-Bochnaka (co-founder of Dyslexic Brian) will explaining Dyslexic Brian’s perspective of dyslexia and sharing lots of tips and tricks that dyslexic people can follow to completely overcome their dyslexia.

It will be a show well worth listening to!

All the best and enjoy the show!

National Dyslexia Awareness Week | November 2009

Next week is National Dyslexia Awareness Week, and the question posed by Frewen College, the area’s only specialist a school for dyslexics, is “Just how aware are you of dyslexia?”
Most people think of dyslexia as a problem with reading, spelling, and perhaps comprehension, so assume it cannot be diagnosed until a child is already behind at school. But there are many other symptoms that can alert parents to the possibility in plenty of time to intervene at a much earlier stage.
A spokesman for the school said: “Dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence, and it can be found across all social and economic strata. Many dyslexics have considerable gifts, but if their difficulties are not identified and addressed early enough these strengths can be swamped by failure and self doubt.”
Here are Frewen’s top ten tell-tale signs of dyslexia that are not reading related. If you can ‘tick’ three or more, you need to start digging more deeply.
1 There is a strong genetic element to dyslexia, so if there is any family history of dyslexia or reading difficulties, be particularly alert to other warning signs.
2 Being slow to start talking, and then having trouble pronouncing some letters, especially M’s and N’s, R’s and L’s.
3 Reversing or mixing up sounds in multi-syllable words (favourites include aminal for animal, hekalopter for helicopter, bisgetti for spaghetti, or even nucular for nuclear!).
4 Trouble with tying shoe laces and getting dressed.
5 Co-ordination problems (excessive tripping, falling over, bumping into things, difficulty with catching or kicking a ball, or clapping a simple rhythm).
6 Difficulty undertaking any task that involves a sequence of actions, such as ‘do this, then do that.’
7 Difficulty learning abstract facts, such as days of the week or months of the year.
8 Very slow to learn the names of letters or sounds, or learning the alphabet.
9 May have walked quite early but did not crawl.
10 An unusually high number of ear infections.

From car mechanic to teacher | Dyslexic Inspirational Story

Birmingham Evening Mail published on August 18th 2005

“TEACHING has changed so much over the years,” are the opening words from Paul Reid, a 39 year old from Perry Barr, when you ask him what he thinks of his new career.

“I really struggled when I was at school. It was differrent back then and admitting you had a problem understanding something wasn’t easy.'”

Paul was a car mechanic for 15 years before suffering from arthiritis and decided to change career.

“I loved mechanics so much that I decided that I wanted to teach others how to do it,” he explained.

Paul enrolled on a City and Guilds Further Education Teaching Course at Josiah Mason College in order to acquire the necessary skills and gain a teaching qualification.

Paul decided to go all the way and since completing his course he has progressed on to a Certificate in Education, a university qualification delivered at JMC in partnership with University College Worcester, which will make him a fully qualified full time teacher.

Shortly after embarking on this journey, he was offered a job as a mechanics tutor at Greensprings Training.

To find out more, write to us or come to our Dyslexia discussion groups.

Learning disabilities, a silent struggle | By Jay Balagna

When Eric Thornley was five years old, he was diagnosed with dyscalculia, a specific learning disability that inhibits a person’s learning of math. Coupled with a speech impediment, he quickly fell behind the other children in his class.
The now-19-year-old history and international affairs major is forced to spend more time studying and working on assignments than the average student.
“I’m not like the typical college student where I sign up for a fraternity and go out and party,” Thornley said. “I have to spend a lot more time on my schoolwork to keep up.”
Thornley is one of more than 400 students at the University of Nevada, Reno with a diagnosed learning disability, according to information from the Disability Resource Center.
Students with learning disabilities make up the second-highest portion served by the Disability Resource Center after psychological disabilities, Mary Zabel, the center’s director, said. The psychological disabilities include attention deficit disorder, accounting for the higher number, Zabel said. UNR’s learning disability rates largely fit with the national trend.
Specific learning disabilities are neurological disorders that affect a person’s ability to learn in various ways. “Learning disability” is an umbrella term used to refer to a number of different disorders, said Christine Cheney, a professor of special education at UNR and the chair of the education specialties department.
Included in the list of learning disabilities are dyscalculia; dyslexia, a reading and language-based disorder and dysgraphia, a writing-based disorder, as well as other, less-common handicaps.
Most people with learning disabilities are given a general diagnosis and not told which disorder they have, Cheney said.
“Generally, in the school system, we don’t tend to break it down and just say people are learning disabled,” she said.
That approach has the advantage of preventing decreased expectations for a student in any specific area, Cheney said. It sometimes expands those decreased expectations to all subjects, though.
“For the most part, people see this as something that can be overcome,” Cheney said. “There is the risk some people will just give up, though.”
Thornley said his learning disability affected him through grade school and into college.
“When I was younger, my first year of grade school was in a special education program which was a little disheartening,” he said.
The next year, Thornley was assigned to a regular classroom but still had to work to succeed in school with his disability.
As the years went by, he began to find himself wondering why he couldn’t achieve the high grades his older sister had earned in the same subjects. As he slowly came to terms with his dyscalculia, he began to realize he would have to start taking more responsibility for his education if he wanted to succeed later in life.
“Lowered expectations can often be a problem (for students with learning disabilities),” Cheney said. “Sometimes families and teachers can help too much and students can kind of get a learned helplessness.”
Those feelings of helplessness keep many students with learning disabilities from college educations, she said.
“There are a lot of capable students out there and the message is getting to them more and more that college is an option,” Cheney, whose son has a learning disability and is a UNR graduate, said.
While Thornley tries to do as much as he can on his own, he still needs help in some areas. His freshman year, he took a year-long Math 120 class offered through the Disability Resource Center. Now that his math requirement is completed, he uses only the alternative testing and note-taking services offered through the center.
The alternative testing is the same test given in the classes, but in a longer allotted time period and in the Disability Resource Center, Thornley said.
Another student in the same class provides the note-taking service by agreeing to take his own notes on carbon-copy paper in exchange for a $100 stipend toward the next semester’s tuition, Zabel said. Note-takers are screened by the Disability Resource Center to make sure their handwriting is legible and they are not on academic probation, she said. The money automatically is reduced from the following semester’s tuition.

Say ‘Hi’ to Your Dyslexia

Saying ‘Hi’ to Dyslexia and explore how it affects your life.

This is a fun workshop full of games and role plays.

The session starts with Antonio telling everyone a bit about himself and how dyslexic affected his life until he learnt how to get rid of all of the difficulties that dyslexia was causing him.

After this you will take part in a game that will help you to explain what your dyslexia means to you and how it affects your life.

Once you have done this, Antonio will explain his theory about dyslexia to you and tell you how he used it to get rid of all of his dyslexia difficulties.

Then it’s your turn to test out Antonio’s theory by doing a role play that will help you to decide if he’s theory will suit you too.

Antonio will then set you some fun homework for you to do before the next workshop beings. The homework will help you to look at your dyslexia in a way that is really positive and that will make you feel proud to be dyslexic.

Say ‘Bye’ to Your Dyslexia Difficulties

Saying ‘Bye’ to Difficulties by learning how to overcome your dyslexia.

This workshop is full of excitement and challenges.

The session starts with a group role play that describes some of the dyslexia difficulties that the group experiences.

You will help to write the script for this role play so it’s your chance to show off your creative skills or to add a few comical bits to it.

The next thing you will be doing is describe the main dyslexia difficulties you experience and would like to get rid of.

Antonio and the rest of the team will then show you how you can become a ‘self-organised learner’ and find ways to overcome your own dyslexia difficulties.

Then you will be able to do an experiment to see if you can find ways to improve your skills and abilities within an area that has been giving you difficulties, for example, improving your reading and writing skills.

Then Antonio will set you some fun homework to do before the next workshop begins. The homework will help you to try out what you have learnt on start to overcome other dyslexia difficulties.

Join Dyslexic Brian’s Gang

Join Dyslexic Brian’s Gang so that you can share issues and ideas with likeminded people.

This workshop is the full of creativity and innovation.

This session starts with Antonio explaining how important it is for members of the group to try and keep in touch in order to offer support to each other.

As a group we will have a discussion around the types of methods that we could use to keep in touch with each other.

We will have an IT specialist at our dispose that will help us to set up whatever methods of online communication we come up with as a group.

Once we have decided on the way we will keep in touch with each other we will come up with our own Dyslexic Brian Gang Rules. Creating our own Gang Rules is good fun and we can add a few silly rules to have a laugh.

This workshop ends with a Dyslexic Brian Gang Award Ceremony where you will receive a certificate of achievement from Dyslexic Brian himself!

Overcoming Dyslexia Workshop 1: Exploring Your Dyslexia

Exploring Your Dyslexia Many dyslexic people never really take a close look at their own dyslexia and get to know it intimately. If this applies to you then come along to this workshop as it will help you to understand your dyslexia on a deeper level. As a group we will explore what dyslexia is,…

Overcoming Dyslexia Workshop 2: Creating a super charged ‘Dyslexic Mindset’

Is your current view of dyslexia holding you back from achieving your goals or from excelling in your current career? If yes, then this workshop is for you! It has been specifically designed to help you conceptualise your dyslexia as a phantom condition that has been imposed on you by educational and social forces. We will guide you through the process of re-conceptualised your dyslexia in this liberating way and then assist you to create a super charged ‘Dyslexic Mindset’ that will help you achieve your goals and excel within your career.

Overcoming Dyslexia Workshop 3: Overcoming Your Dyslexia

Difficulties with reading, writing, expressing thought coherently and organisational management are just a few issues that are commonly associated with dyslexia and which can generally limit the potential of dyslexic people. Within this workshop we will assist you to identify and then prioritise the main issues relating to your dyslexia that you wish to overcome. We will then assist you to design and develop your own methods and techniques to overcome these issues which if applied will help you to free yourself completely of dyslexia.

Dyslexic Brian @ The University of Bristol Freshers’ Fair

Dyslexic Brian went down really well at The University of Bristol Freshers’ Fair.

Two of the co-founders of Dyslexic Brian, Goga and Antonio, spent all day telling students about the services that we offer.

Goga and Antonio were shattered when they got back to the office but they said it had been worth it due to them having met dozens of positive minded dyslexic and non-dyslexic students.

There was a huge interest in November’s dyslexia workshops that are aimed at assisting people to completely overcome their dyslexia.

Also, loads of people signed up for our newsletter – we’ll be sending out the newsletters very soon but first Goga and Antonio are sending out a personalised video email to everyone who signed up for it.

Loads of the students we spoke to said that it would be good for us to start a Bristol University Dyslexic Brian Society – we think this is a great idea and we are now looking into setting this up.

If we become a society we’re planning to run a free discussion group about dyslexia each month at the Uni – these should be good fun and will hopefully be useful to students who want to increase their awareness and understanding of dyslexia.

Dyslexic Brian’s Principle 1

Be clear about which area of dyslexia you are exploring There are four main areas that are worth exploring if you are trying to increase your knowledge and understanding of dyslexia, these are: –        The subject area of ‘dyslexia’ i.e. professionals, academic opinion –        Other dyslexic peoples perspectives of dyslexia, i.e. their opinions, views –       …

Dyslexic Brian’s View of Dyslexia (Part 1)

As a result of the way dyslexia is currently being viewed, many people within society, i.e. those within medicine, education, employment, and within the general population, regard ‘dyslexic’ people as ‘broken’ and in need of ‘fixing’ in some way. For instance, some ‘medics’ believe that dyslexia stems from a ‘defect’ or ‘deficit’ that exists within…

Struggling to Understand Your Dyslexia

Are you struggling to understand dyslexia? If you are finding it hard to understand ‘dyslexia’, don’t worry, you’re not alone! For over a hundred years, countless numbers of professionals, from a range of backgrounds, have tried to make sense of this somewhat awkward condition, and so far, despite all of their very best efforts, have…

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