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My book is published

Finally ‘the Right Brain for the Right Time’ has been published, that is ‘self-published’ with Amazon and Kindle, an order is on the way to get the hard copy in time for the book launch. 

When is the first book launch?

On Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 5 p.m

Where? 10/9-13 Hutton Rd, The Entrance North

Who is invited? Everyone has in a way contributed and as long as you tell me you are coming, you are most welcome.

It’s a celebration, more than an official launch. There is a launch planned for Sydney next year.

This is just an excuse to have fun.

RSVP 0402 686 327

or: hoi.barbara1@gmail.com


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Some of the Indicators for Dyslexia

 

These are just some of the indicators that your child could be Dyslexic – gifted and creative, but sometimes struggling to reach their full potential. Many of these symptoms can be present for other reasons than Dyslexia.Image

– Initial excitement about school dwindling, resulting in stressful days at school, coming home exhausted, often not having eaten anything

-Appearing bright and intelligent, but unable to succeed at school, even though trying hard

– Fast thinker, fast talker, but often slow to read and write, or unable to do so at year level

– Creative ideas for writing, but trouble putting in the spaces between words, spelling correctly or using appropriate grammar, not using punctuation marks

– Relying heavily on the pictures in the book, guessing the words

– Zones out, daydreams, exhibits a distorted sense of time

– Great difficulty in sounding out words, or understanding phonics

– Spelling or writing correctly one day, but not the next

– Trouble reading the small words, often more so than big words

– Good problem solving skills and can show a lot of attention in areas of interest, but difficulty to focus or remain focused at school, easily distracted

– Right-left confusion, and/or sense of direction

– High IQ, but poor self-esteem and a tendency to cover up their limitations

– Highly creative and artistic, showing musical, mechanical, mathematical aptitude

-Profound visual memory, often seeing the big picture, rather than the detail or a slower sequential process

– Spatial strength, organisational weakness, trouble with concepts of times, sequence and order

– Sophisticated sense of humour or class clown

– Tendency to omit words, skip lines, substitute or guess words

– Poor handwriting, trouble holding a pencil correctly

– May appear hyperactive, disruptive, or frustrated

– Confusion with shapes and number patterns, as well as mathematical symbols

– Difficulty with concept of time, telling the time, or guessing how much time has passed

– Active mind, but easily distracted, often to avoid the task at hand

– Finding it hard to memorize lines, poor working memory, generally to remember things

– Anxious, confused, displaying emotional outbursts in frustration

– Imaginative, with a pronounced sense of satire and intuition

The list could go on.


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Games and Board games

ImageGames and Board Games

are not just fun but can be a great tool to help Dyslexic children to learn in a playful way. School is hard enough, so add the fun at home and see how they can joyfully:

– expand their Vocabulary and Writing Skills:

     * The Parson’s Cat:

     This game expands descriptive vocabulary.

     Each person in turn describes the Parson’s cat. It can be random or organised, using verbs or adjectives starting with a, b, c, d..          or all can do  until no-one can think of any more.

    You can include an attempt to look like the parson’s cat would look when like this and it can be as ludicrous as you want.

    E.g. The parson’s cat is an adventurous cat, The parson’s cat is a boisterous cat etc.

   You can then move on to verbs and adverbs, e.g. The parson’s cat ate too fast, you might then add a consequence, and was sick.      One person might pick the verb, the next might say how and the next what happened then maybe where and why –exploring until        the idea is exhausted.

 

   * There is a board game called The Never Ending Story, but it’s hard to find now.

   * Scrabble

   Play in two teams with modified rules. The aim is to make the highest possible score for the whole game. You can get scrabble          books that give all 2 letter words and alphabetic lists of words possible with letter combinations. Allow use of these books  and the    dictionary to check if a word exists before putting it down. 

   * Articulate
   One of my all-time favorite board games. A word is given to one team member who has to describe it to the rest of the team. You          can’t say any part of the word. It’s quite easy to make it up for yourself and design the rules to suit.

   * Scattergories

This is a paper and pen game. Pick 6 or 7 categories of your choice: boy’s names, girl’s names etc. Draw a table on a piece of paper with a column for each category. Encourage more unusual words as you’ll get 10 points if nobody else has that word, 5 points if anyone else chose the same. The first person who finishes the list says stop and everyone has to put their pencil down.

     Letter:                   c

    Animal                   crocodile                     
    Girl’s name            Cindy
    Boy’s name           Charles
    Town                     Christchurch
    Country                 Chile

    Food                     chocolate

    Famous Person     Charles Darwin

    Score

* Balderdash

  Fantastic board game, but for children above the age of 10. 

– improve Maths:

   * Sequence: A board game that is easy to learn and teaches ‘sequence’, cards that follow in the right order. Chips are placed on a       board in that order. Who can first create two sequences wins.

   * Dice games: Writing down the following list: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, short sequence (1-5), long sequence (2-6), full house (2 of one and 3      of another number), Poker (4 of a kind), Grande (5 of a kind)…using 5 dice and aiming to fit the list uses multiplication skills

   * Phase 10: You must have a bit of time on your hands,  but is fun, for adults as well

   * Numero: Another favorite of our family…a guessing game where age doesn’t necessarily give you an advantage.

There are many more – please let me know YOUR favorites. I am always looking to add new games to my collection. 

 


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Could my child be dyslexic?

I think my child could be dyslexic. What are the symptoms and how can I be sure?Image

That is really a main question—and as much as it’s easy to point to a long list of possible symptoms, it will depend on an assessment to be sure that dyslexia is behind them. They are only indicators, after all—and what we as Davis facilitators test is really the predominant learning style of a child or adult, if or how a visual or kinaesthetic learning style might affect their performance at school or the workforce.  

If a child does show a non-verbal learning style and has obvious challenges, we can also determine if our approach will be the right one for them and if they are ready to change. Change happens when responsibility is taken for it. Ron Davis always points out that in order to be responsible for anything, we need to have the ability and willingness to control. If they show the willingness, we provide the ability.

The symptoms also depend on the age of the child.

 

Some of the many different indicators that your child may present at the preschool age are difficulties to:

– remember names, even their own name in writing, mixing up names (spaghetti/pasgetti)

– pronounce words correctly (my son couldn’t pronounce the R in “run” and similar words)

– put clothes or shoes on the correct way

– learn to count, or read a simple group of letters

– Move with confidence, often clumsy or accident prone, and showing difficulty with gross motor skills (catching, throwing, skipping, etc.), which would indicate more of a dyspraxic tendency

– follow instructions, especially long ones

– sit still, listen, pay attention, etc.

 


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Math for Dyslexics

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Last week I was in Austria and privileged to work with a young Dyslexic client, facilitating a very colorful Math Program. It was a pleasure to witness the emergence of a real genius in math after only 3 days. 

After having finished my book on Dyslexia recently (The Right Brain for the Right Time), which is currently being published, I have started a new book: “Math Aliens, come. I need you!” 

The title was inspired by a young client who wrote the above words in big red letters onto my whiteboard. After two days he replaced it with: “Don’t need to come after all this training. Thanks”.

Correcting dyscalculia (when a student has difficulty with some aspects of arithmetic or mathematics) or acalculia (a student cannot perform arithmetic at all) is the aim of the Davis Math Mastery Program, which is done with the same simple elegance as the Dyslexia Correction Program. 

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