Take a few minutes and listen to Jamie Oliver share his #madebydyslexia story.
Our kids may not know him, but most parents will!
EXCERPT: Fleetwood, 67, says little was known about dyslexia when he was a kid. He went undiagnosed and was a terrible student. He was paralyzed by fear whenever a teacher asked him to go to the blackboard and answer a question. “Dyslexia is very hard,” he writes. “You spend hours going in circles because you don’t know how to go in a straight line.”
Great advice from Richard Branson to a young student. Remember it and share it with your own kids!
“Collin, don’t let school hold you back. Turn your attention to things that you can see the relevance in and are passionate about; if you do, not only will your brain open up, but so will your world.”
Check out this news from Richard Branson! It will be exciting to see the work of this new organization!
Looking for a good book series for your elementary school child? Check out the Hank Zipzer books, by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver!
We always enjoy the advice Richard Branson gives younger students!
“Just don’t worry if you find things difficult… remember: school does not define you.”
Well worth 15 minutes of your time to watch this talk by Dean Bragonier! Dean will also be giving the Keynote Presentation during Learning Ally’s Spotlight on Dyslexia online conference in December.
“Over the course of this past year, through conversations like this one and the letters he received, Aidan didn’t discover the secret to success for dyslexics. If anything, he discovered that there was no secret — except persistence, humor, improvisation and grit.”
Be sure to read Aidan’s book, “Looking for Heroes: One Boy, One Year, 100 Letters.” It’s great!
A wonderful interview from the Rotarian Magazine with “The Fonz” about growing up as an undiagnosed dyslexic and becoming a successful actor & author. PC READS is always recommending his Hank Zipzer book series to families! Thanks, Henry Winkler!
And, thanks again to our local Park City Sunrise Rotary Club for granting PC READS funds towards our website!
Another Olympian role model for our kids who build confidence and self-esteem through participation in sports. Kami Craig of the US Water Polo Team:
“Growing up in school, I had to deal with dyslexia and ADHD. Sports (water polo) has always been a safe haven for me. Sports has taken me so far. I feel so fortunate to be in this position.”
Anderson Cooper shares: “I grew up in a home where reading and writing had great value,” Cooper has said. His brother was “a voracious reader,” always carrying a book around with him. So Cooper did the same. But he admits, “I would just pretend to read it, because I had trouble reading and making sense of words, in particular, letters.”
Three-time Olympian shot putter (and 2016 gold medalist!), Michelle Carter, talks about being dyslexic and ADHD.
“Talking publicly about my ADHD and dyslexia is something I’ve never been shy about,” says Carter, who is a powerful advocate for dyslexia and encourages kids and their parents whenever she can. “I tell them you can do whatever you set your mind to—you just may do it differently. You may have to work a little bit harder, but you can do it.”
That’s the lesson her parents taught her after she was evaluated and diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD in grade school. “I was definitely a handful back then,” she recalls. “I could not sit down long enough to study and to learn.”
Watching the Olympics? Have a dyslexic athlete in your house?
Olympic athlete Logan Dooley shares that “[s]omething quirky about myself is that I am severely dyslexic.”
“We had him evaluated and the diagnosis was more liberating than we thought it would be, particularly for our son. The minute we heard the word there was a sigh of, ‘OK, at least we know what it is.’ As parents, it’s our firm belief that assessment, diagnosis, open discussion and owning it is important.” – James Redford speaking about his son
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia is available at our local library.
A fun list to review!