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Dyslexia | fhut the wuck?

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Learning Differences

Dyslexics learn and think differently than other people, their brains develop in a slightly different way and, therefore, they need to be taught in a slightly different way. Dyslexia is not caused by brain damage but by brain difference.

Specific Learning Difficulties

Each dyslexic is an individual and will display different forms and characteristics of dyslexia. Dyslexics look the same as other people; they have no physical attributes that mark them as dyslexic. But if you know what to look for, using assessments such as those available in Dawn’s book ‘Dyslexia: How to Win‘, you can recognize dyslexia quite easily. We all know the stereotype – can’t read, can’t spell. Although these are often significant markers there is so much more to dyslexia than this.

Dyslexia can be called “Specific Learning Difficulty”, “Specific Learning Disability”, or “Specific Learning Difference”. The cause of dyslexia is still a matter of debate but it is thought that genetics play a role.

Short Term Memory

Dyslexics have poor short term visual memory and/or short term auditory memory problems. This means that they cannot remember the look of words. They, therefore, have to be taught how to work out every word as they come to it in order to decode each word in a written text.

Dyslexics excel in visual and spatial activities. They are often very good at drawing, designing and sport.

Although perfect spelling, reading and writing is not the most important part of life it is an aspect of life that has to be addressed. Dawn has invented and uses a numerous strategies and games to teach these aspects of education to dyslexic children. She believes that any dyslexic can be turned around and be happy and fulfill their ambition. It is important to take things one step at a time and teach a dyslexic in a way in which they learn.

Give a dyslexic plenty of confidence and you’ll be amazed at what s/he can do.

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King Gillette | frustrated inventor

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At the age of 40, King Gillette was a frustrated inventor, a bitter anticapitalist, and a salesman of cork-lined bottle caps. It was 1895, and despite ideas, energy, and wealthy parents, he had little to show for his work. He blamed the evils of market competition. Indeed, the previous year he had published a book, The Human Drift, which argued that all industry should be taken over by a single corporation owned by the public and that millions of Americans should live in a giant city called Metropolis powered by Niagara Falls.

His boss at the bottle cap company, meanwhile, had just one piece of advice: Invent something people use and throw away.
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