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Visualising what you READ


This small booklet by South Australian Debbie Draper might help some parent or teacher. It’s a good way for visual readers and learners to get the most out of books:

When you make a ‘movie’ of the content of a book, it will stay with you for much longer and with more detail and intensity.

Try it!



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Dyslexia and School in Hindsight


I like that question—and I do pose it a lot to my older clients or former clients. It’s interesting to me that there seems to be very little recollection. Maybe it is human nature to zoom out of traumatic experiences and by not getting consciously affected it seems to diminish the pain and anxiety. However, it does come at a high cost, often a tendency to get out of challenging life situations in general. Some children tell me that all they hear after a while of listening to a teacher, especially a “wordy” one, is “blah-blah-blah.” Another common response is that certain basic knowledge was either never taught to them (grammar being one area) or without them being present. These gaps add to the confusion in later years.

(passage taken out of ‘The Right Brain for the Right Time’ by Barbara Hoi)

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Brain based experiential learning

ImageBrain Evolution

Dr. Mark Waldman is a leader in brain research.

Listening to this neuroscientist yesterday and when he listed the ten steps to evolve the brain, it amazed me how similar it was to the work we do with Dyslexics:

Recommendations:                              What we do:

1. Relax –                                                 We have a Release exercise that starts every activity

2. Take pleasure in what you do –       Motivation and making it as fun and interactive as possible is vital

3. Be brief as only 10 words stay –      Lots of small breaks to allow for the new information to be processed

4. Allow yourself to daydream –           Dyslexics have no problem with that one!

5. Use your intuition –                          Dyslexics already have great intuition and we draw on it

6. Write it down –                                 We don’t write it in pen and pencil  initially, but in clay – even more powerful

7. Visualize it –                                     Absolutely everything becomes a visual clue: words, meanings, reading, writing

8. Rehearse it in new & original ways   I encourage unusual, funny, original clay models  for the brain to retain the image

9. Remain optimistically engaged       How else would you be engaged

10. Mindfulness bell                           We are using the ‘ting’ for that (similar to a tibetan bell)

It is wonderful to hear that science has come around to embrace meditation, mindfulness and brain activities that go way beyond the mechanical model. Dr. Waldman also kept emphasising that the brain needs VISUAL ANCHORS – and he is talking of every brain, not about Dyslexic individuals, who learn from the right side of the brain and are visual anyway.

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New Talk on Dyslexia

ImageMarch 9 Talk

Due to the overwhelming demand and lack of chairs (36 people booked in) on

February 23 (which is today at 5 pm), I am having another free Dyslexia talk on 

Sunday, March 9, 2014 

from 5 p.m to 7 p.m. 

at: 10/9-13 Hutton Road, The Entrance North

One hour talk on all kinds of Learning Difficulties and Strategies 

One hour Q&A

My book “the Right Brain for the Right Time” will be on Sale there too ($ 20)

Please RSVP 0402 686 327 (Barbara)

if you would like to attend.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Humour corner, but not a joke

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That is so close to the truth! What picture do you get for ‘no’? How do you ‘know’ which ‘no’/’know’ you are hearing?

These are very real questions for Dyslexic individuals, especially very young ones, just some to add to the overall confusion. Older dyslexic children have learned the meaning of ‘no’ as opposed to ‘yes’, but may still struggle with the many aspects and shades of no, none, not, know, knew…

Turning confusion to mastering words and concepts is fundamental to create a sense of confidence and trust in their own abilities.

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Dyslexia Talk this Sunday at the Entrance


A last reminder that there will be a free Dyslexia talk this Sunday at the Entrance North:

When? Sunday, February 23, 2014 – at 5 pm

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

About? I will talk about Dyslexia and all related Learning Differences, – Difficulties, – Disabilities.

I will introduce my new book, ‘The Right Brain for the Right Time’ (for sale – $ 20 – for anyone who would like a copy) and answer questions. 

Please call (0402 686 327) or Email ( to RSVP.

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Is there a ‘cure’ for Dyslexia?



Is there a cure?

Dyslexia is not an illness; nor is it a disability, even if it appears to be that for many individuals, when they struggle and despite working harder, seem to stay stuck. Dyslexia is a different learning style—and as soon as there is a cure for an outmoded teaching style, many of the dyslexic blocks to learning will be cured too. The dyslexic thinking style enables them to view things in a different way, capturing the whole picture rather than working through a slower sequential process. So there is no need for a cure, but there are ways to bring out the gift of the non-verbal picture thinkers, to enable them to use the powerful creative mind set to their own learning.