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Art and Creativity – and a great dyslexic example

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These two photographs were attached to an email I received that made me smile and appreciate the creative ways of dyslexic individuals to entertain themselves and create art and beauty as a by-product for us to admire:

Thank you so much for entering our lives.
I have a good feeling about this too.
I’ve started to read your book and I couldn’t stop crying. It’s the relief mostly. Knowing now that he’s actually a picture thinker, a right brainer! And that there is light for him.

Peter is unique and after your initial consultation and reading into it more, I can understand his behaviour now.
I had the perfect example of this, this last weekend gone by.
Instead of finishing a PDHPE assignment that was already 2 days late, he firstly fell asleep at the table, then after I let him sleep, later began to find things to fix, like the unused doorbell. He also unscrewed the peep hole out of the door and proceeded to take a photo through it. Which was actually a really creative idea, but at the time I just wanted him to focus on the work.
Later he tidied his room arranging 3 skateboards and creating a mood with coloured lights, then proceeded to lie on the floor and do an drawing, blowing ink around a page. I wasn’t aware he was doing all this, I was too busy doing his assignment, until he asked to use my phone to take a photo.
His focus is shocking, but now I know why. But something has to give because he’s got a lot of work ahead of him and he can’t continue to use me as his scapegoat. And It stresses me out so much.

I’ve also discussed this a bit with him, that I understand him better now and that I’m relieved we’ll be getting him help to focus.

I am sure there are a few mothers who can relate very well to this story. I have changed the name and feel honoured to be working with this young man soon. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Please let me know if this story resonates with you – or if you have a similar example at your home!


Author: Barbara Hoi

I am working with Dyslexic and Asperger geniuses and have opened a centre to expand Sydney Dyslexia to another location right on the beach at the Entrance North. I have written two books on Dyslexia ('the Right Brain for the Right Time' and 'Nurturing the Secret Garden') as I believe these children and adults have a great gift and the ability to become leaders in their field.

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