Chapter 1: A New View of Dyslexia
My Favorite quote of the chapter: “Unlike most books on dyslexia this book (The Dyslexic Advantage) won’t focus solely on making individuals with dyslexia into better readers. Instead, it will focus on helping them become better at “being dyslexic”. “ (pg xvii)
In Chapter 1 of the book, we are introduced to three individuals (Doug, Lenzie and Pete) who have struggled early in their school with reading and writing but went on to succeed later in life. Naturally, when we say that these individual are dyslexic, we tend to focus on their difficulty at school but we fail to see their common trait that made them succeed later on. We are only seeing the ‘narrow view’ as the author puts it. We often think of the successes from these individuals were done despite of dyslexia but what the authors are pointing out is that these successes were possible because of dyslexia.
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“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 Academy‘. 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.
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Karen Murdarasi had no difficulty in reading. She was doing well at school. She remembered being called careless by her parents and teachers but she didn’t really pay attention to it.
Sarah George had a nice conversation with Darius about her dyslexia journey and the advantages of sending your child to a specialist dyslexia school