The ultimate book on dyslexia has just arrived through my letterbox!
More on that in a moment – since the beginning of the year I have been gently adding to my library of books on dyslexia. It’s looking something like this:
- The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the hidden potential of the dyslexic brain (2011) by Brock Eide and Fernette Wide.
- The Power of Different: The link between disorder and genius (2017) by Gail Saltz.
- Creative Successful Dyslexic: 23 High achievers share three stories (2016) by Margaret Rooke.
- Connecting the Dots: Understanding dyslexia (2017) by Made by Dyslexia.
- Grammar Rules: Writing with Military Precision (2011) by Craig Shrives.
- Defeat Dyslexia! The parents’ guide to understanding your child’s dyslexia (2016) by Holly Swinton and Nicola Martin.
And the ultimate book on dyslexia?
- Positive Dyslexia (2015) by Roderick Nicolson.
But, why am I so positive about Positive Dyslexia?
I simply think that Rod Nicolson captures, in a mere 150 pages, the issue, the strengths, the what, the how and the why! I will attempt to summarise his main points below [and in a rich picture in next week’s blog] but you could just watch his 2013 speech for www.dyslexicadvantage.org
Positive Dyslexia is about recognising the 9 strengths of dyslexia that culminate in unconventional thinking and doing so demands the cessation of sinking into a ‘failing to learn, learning to fail’ cycle and replacement with positive assessment. This catapults (positive acceleration) dyslexics by inspirations (positive ambitions, positive career) to success in school, work and society by building these strengths into a Dyslexia Superpower [my words] needed by successful organisations and achieved by talent diversity. It ends with a call to action: “Positive Dyslexia will change the world for good. Its time has come. Please help!”
Unconventional thinking = Cognitive skills (1. Big picture thinking, 2. Creativity/Innovation, 3. Visualisation/Spatial); Work skills (4. Determination/Resilience, 5. Proactivity, 6. Flexible Coping) Social skills (7. Teamwork, 8. Empathy, 9. Communication).
Yep, looks like a superpower, sounds like a superpower, smells like a superpower, so, it must be a superpower!
So, we now have a guide book for the journey of creating a grassroots organisation committed to moving the agenda from learning disability, through learning difference to positive dyslexia – that is the Dyslexia Superpower.
All we need now is to gather the flock of Dyslexia Activists to make it a really …