Archive for the 'Personal Stories' Category

Over the years, an increasing amount of attention has been given to celebrities and successful people in general who happen to have dyslexia and/or other learning disabilities. This is a good thing. I do it myself. So do other excellent sites such as the Yale Center of Dyslexia and Creativity. Young (and older) people who […]

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This past summer I worked with a group of upper elementary and middle school-aged boys, all of whom have dyslexia. I love to have small groups sometimes, rather than one on one tutorials, because the kids seem to love it and even the boys develop a supportive way with each other. A big part what […]

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Quinn Bradlee, a fascinating young man and worthy of interest in and of himself, interviewed filmmaker and director Steven Spielberg about learning disabilities, dyslexia, teasing, and the ways to cope. Watch the video here. It turns out that Mr. Speilberg was diagnosed with his lifelong dyslexia about five years ago. In spite of being one […]

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Today I was part of the beautiful impact a diagnosis of dyslexia can have for a young teenage girl. For her, the information was freeing because it gave her context. It doesn’t always work out this well. But today it did. This girl’s parents sought my help in pouring through a big pile of school […]

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Luis Macias is the father of Alejandro. Alejandro, now nine years old, struggled in school due to his undiagnosed dyslexia. After finally getting the correct diagnosis of dyslexia, Alejandro and his family are changed for the better. Luis is producing a documentary film called “Embracing Dyslexia.” I believe that a majority of people do not […]

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Nice images on wood. He says in effect, that he never thought of having art and printmaking as a future career, it was just “…something I always did.” Dyslexia got in his way, but not impossibly so. [via Dyslexia Help]

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I’ve been writing a speaking around the country on the connection between LD and mental health issues. With upwards of 60% of kids in treatment centers having learning disabilities, the consequences are devastating. While it’s great for kids to have positive role models and public awareness is brightened by our attention on celebrities who’ve “overcome” […]

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. A Dyslexic Wonder This is about Jennifer Smith, a finalist in 2010 for an Ann and Allegra Ford Scholarship, and her story of growth and pain. Terribly and typically teased, she persevered through language training and to the growth of her self-confidence. She enters college in the fall, speaks to students about dyslexia, has […]

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Teenagers and young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome or with High Functioning Autism need some targeted and extra help understanding and negotiating romantic and sexual relationships. Moving from Social Skills or Social Thinking/Cognition curriculums to dating, sex, love, and adult relationships is no easy task when your primary difficulties are recognizing and understanding non verbal communication, […]

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Believe me, this article, “Dyslexia Is the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” is not some fluffy, syrupy homage to “the gifts of dyslexia.” The author, an entrepreneur and business consultant, who also wrote a book about communicating in the workplace called, “Surviving Dreaded Conversations,” makes the case that schools must change their approach […]

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My friend Richard Wanderman, the founder of this LD site, who’s also dyslexic, once told me you have to help remediate difficulties in kids, but also “keep them in the game.” In this article, from the London Evening Standard about the youngest chef to earn the acclaimed 3 Michelin stars, chef Marco Pierre White talks […]

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