Talking 'dyslexia' with Gibby Booth

Talking 'dyslexia' with Gibby Booth

If you haven’t found them yet ‘Dyslexia is our Superpower’ podcasts are the best. Positive stories of dyslexic people from all over the world gathered in one place. They explore all the big questions; growing up dyslexic, what would have helped, and what didn’t, life choices and how we found a way to thrive. The interviewer, Gibby Booth is an inspirational speaker, author and entrepreneur. She lives in the US, is dyslexic herself, and is passionate about the positives of being dyslexic.

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Dyslexia - Connecting the Unconnected

Dyslexia - Connecting the Unconnected

One of the biggest challenges facing children with dyslexia is connecting the unconnected.

We have to make these connections every time we match a word with its meaning, link a word to its spelling pattern or a letter to its sound. A huge part of becoming literate is remembering unconnected pairings. These pairings, which quickly become automatic for so many children often don’t for children with dyslexia. Typically, young children with dyslexia will either…

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Mind Mapping for Children with Dyslexia

Mind mapping is often recommended as a way to support children with dyslexia. It is often suggested as a way to help with planning longer written work or sketching out ideas. It is a great way of reducing the number of words a child has to read and write to access and record information. However, mind maps can play a much more fundamental role in learning and revision.

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How and when to tell a child they are dyslexic-

How and when to tell a child they are dyslexic-

Many teachers and parents find it hard to tell a child they have dyslexia. It is a ‘lifelong learning disorder’ after all, and who wants to have one of those. Even the British Dyslexia Association describes it as ‘a lifelong, usually genetic, inherited condition’. It doesn’t sound like good news. And this brings me to my first point…. The do’s and don'ts of breaking the news.

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When Bad Handwriting is a Sign of Hard Work

BAD HANDWRITING CAN BE A SIGN OF HARD WORK - I wrote this in my book, but feel it is actually SO important I would like to share it more widely. It is something we get wrong time and time again. In forcing children to focus on their handwriting, spelling and punctuation we limit their ability to think and crush their creativity, the very things that are most likely to help them as adults with dyslexia.

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