Sydney Dyslexia

A fine site

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Whoopy Goldberg on her Dyslexia

Interesting, Whoopy on her abilities and talents that she attributes to her Dyslexia:


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Synthetic phonics

Finally some people realize that ‘synthetic phonics’, taught to or should I say torturing 400,000 dyslexic children, has not only very little to no effect, but actually hampers their ability to learn to read.

“Neither children who are fluent readers, nor those at risk of Special Learning Difficulties/dyslexia or other reading disabilities are likely to find a ‘one size fits all’ intensive synthetic phonics programme helpful. Furthermore, the Government’s punitive testing regime risks undermining both teachers and learners.” – a study in the UK found.

As the article says, this phonic approach, which includes the sounding out of nonsense words, may be the best way for non-dyslexic children to learn to read, but in my experience it is working against the visual talent of children with reading difficulties. It is confusing, disorienting, makes them feel nauceous and stupid. They lose confidence and trust in their own abilities. There are far better ways to teach them to read, write and spell, where ‘sounding out’ is not necessary.

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Experiencing School

I hope you can see the whale…I just thought it was awesome how holograms can already enter the classrooms and boardrooms and transform the experience of learning:“>

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Tapping to relieve Stress

I have rarely met a dyslexic student who does not suffer from stress and anxiety in class. The statistic that one in five students are affected by stress-related illnesses must surely point to the high levels of stress that are necessary on a frequent basis to create clinically verified illnesses, like depression, eating disorders, behavior problems, toxicity, gut issues, chemical- and neurological disorders and dysfunctions of the nervous system, just to name a few.

The few clients of mine that are not affected by any stress-induced health problems are those who ‘zoom out’. The level of inattention, attention deficit (ADD) or ADHD are some of the ways to opt out of stress, yet doesn’t promise the solution needed to learn: Learn strategies to release the stress, to regain focus and actually LEARN by paying attention to teachers. One of the tools I love to teach my students is EFT, or ‘tapping’ and the YouTube clip gives a really nice, short snippet from the standpoint of teachers, parents and the students themselves.

Stress is bad enough for students, dealing with a fast life style, information overload and the pressure of exams – but imagine a child with dyslexia, who on top of all that has trouble processing information, struggling to read and to retain and comprehend the information. EFT can really help them:

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Dyspraxia and the Harry Potter star

I knew Daniel Radcliffe was dyslexic, but this is new to me. There certainly was no sign of Dyspraxia when I saw his Harry Potter performance. But good on Radcliffe to speak out so openly about his challenges: