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the Dyslexic Mindset

ImageDon Winkler (quoted by Thomas Petzinger, Jr)

“Don Winkler has a brain for the 21st century. A dyslexic brain. As other managers struggle to ‘think outside the box’, Mr. Winkler has no other way of thinking …In five years he has built the finance arm of Banc Once Corp. from an industry also-ran to $ 26 billion in assets. How he did so says a lot about Mr. Winkler and the value of quirky thinking in a chaotic business world”.


These comments by Mr.Winkler’s exec are not rare in the world of Dyslexia and confirm, what Ron Davis has always taught: ‘ These Individuals do not succeed despite their Dyslexia, but BECAUSE of it.’ It is the visual mindset, the creativity and intuition inherent in people who spend much of their life on the right side of the brain, that fosters Leadership in business, industry, sport, literature, entertainment, art, innovation, philosophy, politics…

Most people spend far too much time and effort focused on obvious problems to be corrected rather than identifying and developing the hidden potential.

There is a big difference in facilitating a solution that provides the Dyslexic child with tools to develop and master their own learning – and a ‘fixing-mentality’, where we perceive aspects of the child as ‘defect’ or in need of outside intervention. How would you rather learn? What would make you feel smarter, or more capable?


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Quotes from famous Dyslexics

ImageRichard Branson:

“Perhaps my early problems with dyslexia made me more intuitive: when someone send me a written proposal, rather than dwelling on detailed facts and figures, I find that my imagination grasps and expands on what I read.” (Richard Branson, from ‘Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way”.

Grammar for Dyslexics 2 (verb)

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Verbs express action (walk, read, swim) or a state of being (to be, have, like)

EVERY sentence has a VERB!
Verbs vary, depending on the:

-PERSON who performs the action (I am, you are…)
or for a third person, ‘s’ is added (he comes).

-TENSE: Verbs in the Present Continuous have an
-ing added (I am running)
Verbs in the Past Tense have an -ed added
Verbs in the Future need a helping verb: I will go.

Unfortunately 70 % of the verbs we use are not regular verbs (walked, played), but irregular verbs, which means they change in the 3 forms:
Present – Past – Past Participle
go          went         gone
do          did            done
have      had          had
bring     brought   brought
rise        rose          risen….
and the list goes on and on…
These irregular verbs are difficult for dyslexics.

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My Dyslexic son published

ImageYoung Writers Showcase

I can’t believe he beat me at publishing something.

Keanu’s major HSC work – Extension English 2 – has been published. Yesterday at the State Library, I was the proud mum, smiling with his book in hands. Today – having read his play “It’s your funeral”, I have to come to terms with the fact, that there are these simpletons in the script: ‘Barbara’ (elderly wife) and her husband ‘Joseph’ (elderly husband – and my husband’s name) , her in floral dress in the kitchen, him in socks and sandals, with grey flannel overalls, bland and tasteless…

Apparently, only our names but not our character was used in his Theatre of the Absurd.

Now I can do the same and use his story from 9-year-old non-reader to published author as the foundation to my book! It might inspire a Dyslexic boy or girl out there to start believing in themselves and their creative genius. That is my hope and aim.


Writing my first book

ImageGetrude Matshe and I

I have found my writing mentor: Getrude Matshe, Auckland/NZ

My time-line: July to write, August to get ready for launch, marketing etc

Title: The Right Brain for the Right Time (or the Right Mind for the Right Time)???

Subtitle: How Visual Learners, Dyslexics, Asperger, Hyperactive kids will lead the way (subject to change)

Anyway, it will be a book about my journey to discover the Gift of Dyslexia in my son and how he used it to thrive and how this can be everybody’s child – or every adult with the same visual mind. Stories, inspirations, tips, ideas, and helping people to feel proud of their special children, changing the perspective from a ‘need-to-fix-mindset’ to a feeling of how can I help the genius to emerge and watch the process with awe and gratitude.

Wish me good luck for July – my month of writing. Anyone who wants to join me and give birth to the book on their mind, feel free to contact me. The peace, serenity and energy at ‘Hoi by the Sea’ at the Entrance will be very inspiring.


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Grammar and Picture Thinking


Dyslexics, usually highly intelligent and creative thinkers, are tending to use the right side of the brain to a greater extend. That hemisphere is visual, creative, intuitive – (the left side is predominant in more linear, logical and auditory learners). Most nouns fit very well into the visual range, as they can picture a cat, a house, a tree – they can imagine seeing them, hearing, smelling, sensing, tasting or feeling the meaning of these words. It is the absence of nouns that cause most of the trouble, the substitution of a noun with a pronoun etc. These words follow in the lessons to come.