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peace leafRaise your words, not voice.

                                                                                       It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.  Rumi

Communication Skills are often an issue with my Autistic  clients, mostly paired with poor social skills, sensitivities, comprehension problems and a different awareness of their environment and relationships.

However, communication skills can also affect the Dyslexic child or adult, sometimes verbally, more often in a written form. Dyslexia impedes their written communication, which stems not only from a difficulty to read and a lack of exposure to the written word, but also to a great extend from their overactive brains failing to deliver the images and insights in a way that is comprehensible to the reader.

For example, when I ask a Dyslexic child if the stories they are writing sound better in their head and then fail to come onto paper in the same way, they almost always agree with that. That goes far beyond poor spelling and a lack of awareness of punctuation, but they mostly describe to me that either the words are hard to match to the pictures, that images are jumbled like butterflies, hard to sort them in a linear way that sentences are written. Many ideas are competing and interfering, stories and characters jump into all directions and the wonderful imagination stands in the way of delivery a sensible manner.

Yet words are such powerful tools and those who know how to play with them – verbally and in a written form – have an edge over their peers.  Emotions play an equally strong part in helping or reducing our communication skills.

How our emotions impact our mind and our communication is better shown on the YouTube below.

What I knew (after years of study, experimentation and practice) was that we use our communication skills to create our reality.   Scientists, such as Neurobiologist Candace Pert, have shown through repeated experimentation that the cells in our body respond to verbal/emotional communications….


Author: Barbara Hoi

I have worked for 14 years with Dyslexic and Asperger geniuses one-on-one, founded Sydney Dyslexia and Autism Sydney, worked in Mosman and at a beach retreat at the Entrance and wrote three books on Dyslexia ('the Right Brain for the Right Time', 'Nurturing the Secret Garden' and 'Learning your Times Tables in Three Bold Steps'). I believe these children and adults have a great gift and the ability to become leaders in their field. But I have also found that a proper diet as well as educating and working together with parents, friends and teachers matters even more. I am now working with small groups at the Entrance Beach Retreat, helping dyslexic adults fulfill their professional dreams and parents to help develop and nurture their child's potential.

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