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Dyslexia as a Gift? What does that mean? — Watch The Recording
Dyslexia is increasingly seen as a two-sided coin that comes with talents as well as difficulties. Websites celebrating famous and successful dyslexics abound. But if dyslexia comes with gifts, what are they? And why should we care?
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About the Event
In his book, "The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some Of The Brightest People Can't Read And How They Can Learn", Ronald Davis was one of the first experts to popularise the idea of dyslexia being rooted, not in a disability, but in a perceptual talent.
In the nearly thirty years since Davis' work was published, a growing number of academics, campaigners and charities have allied themselves to a "gift philosophy" of dyslexia. And it is no secret that many of the world's leading innovators, entrepreneurs, designers, artists and sportspeople are dyslexic.
Yet celebrating dyslexic talent only gets us so far. Citing famous dyslexics to comfort children who are struggling to read may have value; but if we stop there, we miss the key opportunity that the gift of dyslexia presents.
We need to ask ourselves: what is the nature of the perceptual talent at the heart of dyslexia? And then: how can that talent be utilised and harnessed so that dyslexics find it easy to learn?
This recorded webinar is a little over an hour long and consists of a presentation followed by questions and answers.
The Session Presenter
Richard Whitehead is a Davis Dyslexia Programme Specialist and Director of Davis Learning Foundation. In addition to twenty years working professionally with the Davis methods, Richard worked for six years as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator in the secondary sector and for over a decade as a classroom teacher. In his book, "Why Tyrannosaurus But Not If? — The Dyslexic Blueprint for the Future of Education", he brings together his many strands of experience in special educational needs support to provide key insights and strategies, based on the Davis methods, for teachers and proactive parents of bright but struggling learners.
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