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The Creativity of Dyslexia


Just a lovely Easter story I got from a happy mum of a client:

Hi Barbara,

This is a happy story for you!

On Wednesday before Easter we went to ‘About Life’ in Cammeray for a grocery shop. There was a competition out to win a stuffed duck. The most creative name for the duck would win. My son came up with “Sir Cluckington.” The results were going to be communicated per phone or email on Good Friday. He said “Mammi, I’m sure I’m gonna win this” 😉😄.
Friday from 7 am he kept asking me if there had been an email. “No Darling, nothing yet,” I said. Sure enough, 5 pm we got a call and HE HAD WON THE DUCK!!! Because he had come up with the most creative name! He was so thrilled!! And I said: “See, that’s where Dyslexia really helps – it makes you really creative!!”




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What does it feel like to be Dyslexic?

I love Kai’s story and have found that this short video (isaBelle creative media) achieves to capture the feeling of disorientation as a result of dyslexia. Not every dyslexic experiences this level of shaking of the letters when reading – but can you imagine the amount of effort it would take for Kai and children like him to learn to read and write?


copyright by isaBelle Schürer

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The Good Old Days



How true! Sometimes it’s hard for people to accept labels and they think it’s an ‘easy way out’ or a way to avoid disciplinary a child. And it’s not even important to have or put a label on a child, but to understand the reasons for their differences and difficulties.

Deep down, children like to learn, want to be good, to be loved and to make their parents and teachers proud. When things get too hard, they start losing confidence in their abilities. Sometimes we just all need a bit of help, understanding and listening.



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How to Talk to Your Child about Being Dyslexic

I get that question quite a lot, especially before an initial assessment, when a parent (usually mum) wants to protect her child from finding out that there may be ‘something wrong’ with them. They may ask me to not mention the ‘D’-word or to make sure that their fragile self-esteem doesn’t get crushed even further.

I fully understand that and applaud the parent for their care. But I also explain that they are missing the point: When I explain to a child how amazing dyslexic people are, that they ‘rule the world’, so to speak and that they would be fortunate indeed to be in such great company with the likes of Richard Branson, Jamie Oliver, Keira Kneightly, Johnny Depp, Einstein…they don’t feel stupid any more. The reason that they are lacking the self esteem is that they are not performing at the same level than their peers and that they have drawn the wrong conclusion from that in the first place. The Dyslexia label replaces their perception of themselves as being less intelligent than their friends. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Here are some great answers too:

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Anyone want to be a Teacher?

“Let me see if I’ve got this right.

You want me to go into that room with all those kids,

correct their disruptive behaviour,

observe them for signs of abuse,

monitor their dress habits,

censor their T-shirt messages,

and instill in them a love for learning.

You want me to check their backpacks for weapons,

wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases,

and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.

You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship,

sportsmanship and fair play,

and how to register to vote,

balance a checkbook,

and apply for a job.

You want me to check their heads for lice,

recognize signs of antisocial behaviour,

and make sure that they all pass the final exams.

You also want me to provide them with an equal education

regardless of their handicaps or race

and communicate regularly with their parents in

English, Zulu

or any other language,

by letter, telephone, newsletter,

and report card. 

You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk,

a blackboard, a bulletin board,

a few books,

a big smile, and a starting salary

that qualifies me for food stamps.

You want me to do all this,

and then you tell me…


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ADHD and the Fruit-fly experiment


Interesting study that shows the correlation of dopamine, hyperactivity, learning ability, ADHD and how fruit flies have emotions and the ability to learn.

In the article below you will learn from David Anderson that ADHD and other common brain disorders are “actually disturbances in the neural circuits that mediate emotion, mood and affect.” In that respect it makes sense to me to listen to the explanations of Ron Davis. He believes that ADHD is often caused when students are not interested in the subject and/or don’t understand  what the teacher is saying. Their perception is altered by that combination of boredom and confusion and causes disorientation. Disorientation speeds up the internal clock, slowing down external time. Their sense of balance and movement is also affected and distorted – and movement (hyper activity) helps them to restore the balance between internal and external differences: “emotion, mood and affect” are at work. The affect if not moving would be similar to motion sickness. The solution would be to give the ADHD individual the tools to restore orientation and control their behaviour themselves, without drugs. Adderall, Ritalin and other amphetamines aim to increase the amount of dopamine that is released into the brain. Orientation does the same, yet without amphetamines.

To read the article on the Neuroscience of ADHD: