Sydney Dyslexia

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my lovely clients: past, present and future geniuses. I am very proud of you and your achievements – and happy to hear all about your successes, challenges and the amazing impact you are having in life; influencing and shaping the world around you.

with love,




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Reading Recovery – the Verdict

Today’s front page of the Sydney Morning Herald.

To sum it up: The Government’s recommended program to help the 14 % of students, struggling with Literacy,  in Year 1 across 960 NSW Public Schools – and which has been in use since 1984 – has proven to be ineffective, especially for a long-term improvement for these struggling readers.

So why has the one-on-one 30-minute-daily reading support not proven to be a successful intervention? Why has a 55 Million Dollar a year Government spending not produced any lasting changes?

Maybe teaching these children, the majority being visual learners, without doubt, in the same way as the rest of the class – and as they had been taught previously without success – will not bring a different result??? Maybe Einstein or whoever coined this quote, was right: ‘The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.’

Teaching children to read by deciphering phonetically has been and still is the number one tool used in classrooms across Australia. Our poor literacy rate will continue to remain or climb as long as educators insist on defending and administering their approach.

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Using the dyslexic brain to change yourself

“A Solitary Fantasy can Transform a Million Realities”…Maya Angelou

I am convinced that a dyslexic individual finds this even faster and easier to do than the average person. They don’t have such a hard time explaining to the left side of the brain that they need to now switch over to the right hemisphere to create a new reality. They live there and do so anyway. Unfortunately they often are not aware that they have a choice and can create their future as they dream it, believing instead that they may be a victim of the less than ideal circumstances. Instead of seeing reality as a mirror of their own thoughts, beliefs, desires or fears, they put the responsibility into their environment, just like most of us do.


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Is it necessary to know Grammar?

I am well aware that as Dyslexic Facilitators we are not teaching, and shouldn’t pay much attention to Grammar, leaving it to the teachers to address. However, I often work with adults, who are out of school and have no opportunity to make up what they missed out on.
Some would argue that you don’t miss much, missing Grammar lessons. I tend to disagree.
For me, Grammar is like the backbone of a language: it gives people confidence, when they use it properly; makes them feel educated;  and most importantly, by understanding their own language, it helps them to learn another one with much more ease.
My most recent 38-year old client was very keen and intrigued to not only add the meaning to words and sentences, but also to gain a deeper understanding and grasp of the English language. For example, the different uses of an ‘s’ often confuses people, especially when they learn a language mostly by listening. There is the ‘s’ for plural nouns; the ‘s’ after a third person verb; the ”s’ (apostrophe ‘s’) in case of the possessive form of nouns, like the water’s edge – or after the ‘s’ when plural proper nouns are possessive, like my friends’ places.
This is his testimony – and I just know that he will not only do very well at Uni, but in his future career as well. All the best, Richard!
“Barbara, you have given me the tools to work out the meanings for words, sentence structure, grammar and now I enjoy reading! I am starting to see patterns and I am getting the academic foundations to apply at Uni. Now I am confident in my ability to tackle my course. I now read differently and see the context from a different perspective. Words now have meaning! I now know how to build words, remember their spelling and put them in sentences. I am more excited now about my future – it’s like being excited about putting the puzzle together. Thank you so much!”
38-year old Client