Life, Love and Dyslexia


Are you educating a creative child?


Tips, Tricks and Wisdom from Sarah Janisse Brown

Mom, Educator, Dyslexia Specialist and Founder of Thinking Tree Books 

WHY CHILDREN FIDGET: And what we can do about it.   

Angela Hanscom

A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her six-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’ve noticed that this is a fairly common problem today.

The mother goes on to explain how her son comes home every day with a yellow smiley face. The rest of his class goe...

Did you know? Brain research shows that Non-Dyslexics use the left brain when reading. Brain scans reveal an absence of activity in the left brain when struggling dyslexics attempt to read. Research also shows that when a dyslexic person learns to read the brain activity is seen in the RIGHT SIDE of the brain, and not the left. 

The right brain must learn to compensate for the absence of activity in the left brain. 

SO, how does this information impact the way we teach dyslexic students? The right brain can be trained to read! But the right brain...

Stop for a moment and look up from your computer.  All around you are things that were designed by someone.  Even the webpage in front of you was designed.  Your computer was designed.  The room you are sitting in, the clothing you are wearing?  Everything was designed, and chances are they were designed by a person with the gift of being able to think visually.

Some people are able to imagine something in their minds that has not yet been created.  They are able to  envision a better way of doing things.  They are able to envisi...

By Bette Fetter 


Dyslexia is a learning “disability” with strong ties to visual-spatial learning. Dyslexics think in pictures, struggle with language and may even struggle with sequencing. These learners can have brilliant visual-spatial abilities and need some extra help developing reading and literacy skills.



These are a few activities you can do at home to help your child improve their learning skills and gain confidence:


  • Clay models for non-picture words – Dyslexic kids are visual learners and need images to connect to the words they a...

By: Marianne Sunderland


If you homeschool a child with dyslexia, you know that they are a breed of their own when it comes to learning.  Being as far to the left on the right-left brain continuum, it took me some time to figure out that this group of kids are actually a joy to teach.  They absolutely thrive in the right environment.  Once I stepped away from the textbook, workbook, test mentality, our family began to live and learn like never before.


A large part of successfully homeschooling a dyslexic child is teaching to their strengths...

From the Dyslexia Association of Ireland


There is an old saying – “It’s no disgrace to be poor, but it’s mighty inconvenient.”
The same could be said of dyslexia. It is nothing to be ashamed of, but it does complicate life. While there is no doubt that many people with dyslexia have special gifts, and some of the common traits of dyslexia can be very useful, nevertheless in a world where literacy is important, dyslexia is a definite inconvenience. There is no denying that – but it is not the end of the world either.

t is very important for your chil...

Research Confirms Dyslexics Make Excellent Entrepreneurs

The Power Of Dyslexia


Dyslexia, which is often called a hidden disability, is coming into the mainstream in terms of understanding what makes people with dyslexia such amazing entrepreneurs. It has been known for some time that dyslexic business owners were more likely to succeed, but new research is beginning to show us exactly why this is the case.


In 2001 and 2007, Professor Julie Logan conducted studies into how many entrepreneurs have dyslexia. She also determined during these studies whic...

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