What will I do now?

When I left school, I literally had no idea what I was going to do. When I was growing up, I wanted to do everything, be a writer, a singer, an actress, an artist and for a while I wrote poems, but, the longest standing aspiration was a fashion designer. I began school well, butContinue reading “What will I do now?”

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Life Skills Learned at University

While it is true that University is not for everyone and that those with dyslexia will find it more difficult than those that don’t have the condition, I don’t think enough is made of the invaluable life skills a university education can teach you, particularly in light of some of the problems dyslexics are knownContinue reading “Life Skills Learned at University”

Thinking Outside the Box on the Box

  In a recent blog, I stated that a disadvantage of film and television over books was that everything has already been decided for the viewer, whereas books let the reader make decisions in their own heads.  However, what in one way appears to be a curse can in another way appear to be aContinue reading “Thinking Outside the Box on the Box”

A story by any other structure would teach the same….

Having highlighted the importance of reading in my previous blog entry, I feel that I can safely argue the other side of the coin without being hounded. Because the sad fact is, it is more than just dyslexia that can hinder someone’s reading ability and their fondness of books.  What they are forced to read,Continue reading “A story by any other structure would teach the same….”

All the books I wish I’d read

I love to read, I do it for pleasure and there is nothing better than immersing yourself in a fictional world where you can create something really unique to your reading experiences. However, I have a tedious love, hate relationship with this pastime. I recently moved house and had to pack up all my worldlyContinue reading “All the books I wish I’d read”

Beyond Words: What does it Mean?

There are many battles dyslexics face due to misconceptions about the condition. I have to confess, that before I started volunteering with Dyslexia Scotland, I was one of the probable masses of people who think that dyslexia only affects literacy. In truth, it’s so much more than that – which was what this year’s conference,Continue reading “Beyond Words: What does it Mean?”

Lost in Translation

It was never my intention to write anything remotely like a sequel to my Lost for Words? blog, however it later occurred to me that, as a result of some dyslexics having trouble with sarcasm, tone of voice and phrases that are not meant to be taken literally, spoken English, particularly in the UK, canContinue reading “Lost in Translation”

Mind Mapping – like connecting the dots

My daughter came to me with a problem recently. She has only just been identified as dyslexic and she still doesn’t really understand what it all means. We are however beginning to deal with her difficulties and seeing what works for her. Well, her problem was to do with writing stories at school. She toldContinue reading “Mind Mapping – like connecting the dots”

Challenging preconceptions, Rethinking Dyslexia

So we have come to the end of our series of screenings of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia (don’t worry if you have not managed to see it yet, there are still showings in some of our local branches, look here for details) and we have to say its success has exceeded our expectations. WhileContinue reading “Challenging preconceptions, Rethinking Dyslexia”