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Merry Christmas with some humour


Dear Satan,

4 Xmas I wont:

* IG Joe

* LGEO Set

* 1 Rend Air

+ utar kul staff

tanks, Jim


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Disorientation example

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Does that cause you to disorient? When looking at the picture, I also got the wrong impression first time around, that the boy was behind, hugging his mum. Having to get your head around turning their heads around can be one way to disorient, a feeling all too familiar with dyslexic individuals. Disorientation is defined as a feeling of confusion, resulting in a state of disorientation, caused by a mind searching for meaning. Mental perception does not reflect the reality of the environment.

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Focus is the Key

Many of you might have seen or heard of the magic pill in the movie – ‘Limitless”

If you’ve not seen the movie, here’s how it works.

You take a magic brain pill. And BOOM! In seconds,It releases your inner genius.

In the movie, the lead actor went from a struggling author to a bestselling author, multi-million trader
and even ran for office in a short span of a year!

Science fiction?

Yes, but some people seem to think of Ritalin as being such a drug. Commonly used to treat ADD, ADHD, students, doctors, lawyers claim that Ritalin or similar drugs give them more focus and concentration before exams or other major events.
While it doesn’t release your “genius”… it seems to work miracles for some pupils who are struggling to focus and finding that the pill helps. Many even go without sleep for days using Ritalin.

Unfortunately, using such drugs come with consequences.

Common side effects of Ritalin include…

…nervousness, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite,…nausea, vomiting, dizziness, palpitations,
headache, …increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and psychosis – not to mention the fact that such drugs are often the pre-drugs and lead to using speed and other stimulants and drugs.

There has to be a better way to gain and retain focus. We have taught this to numerous clients and even if nothing else is changed, even if clients are not continuing with their follow-up homework, I have seen amazing changes, if the tools to focus are used on a daily basis. They lead to orientation, being able to keep the attention on the task at hand, finish the work that was started at the same level of accuracy as the beginning and lead to confidence in their abilities.

In the end you want your child to reach its full potential and participate in life at the highest and happiest level possible.

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Progress and Encouragement


Maybe some of you read that article in this week’s Sydney paper about our schools focusing more on ‘looking good’ than on tracking the progress of their students. Especially in Private Schools there doesn’t seems to be much need to show or focus on the improvements. Isn’t that what we are supposed to go to school for?

I have found much criticism to ‘unschooling’ in another article. I believe the idea to be a very positive one, especially for the right child and the right parent. Seeing so many children who simply do not get anything but anxiety and pain out of their school experience, I can see how tempting home-schooling and/or un-schooling could be. However, the rich learning environment that this experience could provide is not always something a parent has the time, money or opportunity to offer.

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Disorientation and Daydreaming

In the Davis Dyslexia world, the term ‘disorientation’ is frequently used – and not always understood in connection to Dyslexia. I have written a simple explanation in my book ‘Nurturing the Secret Garden’:

“The feeling of confusion results in a state of disorientation, caused by a mind searching for meaning. We call disorientation the state of mind, where mental perception does not reflect the reality of the environment. Every one of us experiences disorientation at one time or another, when one of our senses is not in alignment with our body. Let me give you an example:

The other day I drove through a car wash, closed all the windows, and watched from inside my car as the giant bristles moved backwards and forward, washing the sides and roof of my vehicle. Have you ever experienced that sense that your car was in motion just because the outside brushes were? That was my experience and although I knew very well, that my car didn’t move an inch, the feeling of disorientation gave the impression of movement. Having the sense of movement or balance out of alignment causes the mind to disorient and record false data.

Daydreaming is a visual, sensory disorientation. The body is present in the classroom or wherever anxiety, panic, confusion or boredom causes the mind to disconnect from it. If a person was forced to read in a state of disorientation, the print on the paper would appear to be blurred or changed in size, shape or appearance. The spaces between words might look like rivers running along the page; the reader might skip lines or words, swap the order of words around, omit or guess words. Additionally, if asked to stand on one leg, they would sway—and that would give away the direction where the mind’s eye has moved to.

When I explained to one of my clients that him standing on one leg shows me where his mind is, he told me that he can prove me wrong. Being an excellent sportsman and additionally practising yoga had given him a wonderful sense of balance and he could easily and calmly stay on one leg for a long time. I marvelled at his centeredness and asked if he was able to read a simple text to me while on one leg. Thinking that this would be an easy task, he was amazed how quickly he lost his balance by reading the sentence from a children’s book in front of him. It gave him a real-life example of the material that would cause his mind to disorient.”

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How Branson’s Mind works

Simply Branson Richard BransonThe following story explains the habit of successful people – and the talent of the dyslexic mind:

Richard Branson:

“I was in my late 20s, so I had a business, but nobody knew who I was at the time. I was headed to the Virgin Islands and I had a very pretty girl waiting for me, so I was, um, determined to get there on time.

At the airport, my final flight to the Virgin Islands was cancelled because of maintenance or something. It was the last flight out that night. I thought, “this is ridiculous,” so I went and chartered a private aeroplane to take me to the Virgin Islands, which I did not have the money to do.

Then, I picked up a small blackboard, wrote “Virgin Airlines: $US29″ on it, and went over to the group of people who had been on the flight that was cancelled. I sold tickets for the rest of the seats on the plane, used their money to pay for the chartered plane, and we all went to the Virgin Islands that night.”

What makes the difference?

Once Branson sat on a panel with industry experts to discuss the future of business. As everyone around him was filling the air with business buzzwords and talking about complex ideas for mapping out our future, Branson was saying things like, “Screw it, just get on and do it.” Which was closely followed by, “Why can’t we mine asteroids?”

The person who sounded the most simplistic was also the only one who was a billionaire. Which prompted me to wonder, “What’s the difference between Branson and everyone else in the room?”

Here’s what I think makes all the difference:

Branson doesn’t merely say things like, “Screw it, just get on and do it.” He actually lives his life that way. He drops out of school and starts a business. He signs the Sex Pistols to his record label when everyone else says they’re too controversial. He charters a plane when he doesn’t have the money.

When everyone else balks or comes up with a good reason for why the time isn’t right, Branson gets started.