JAN
23
2015

BETT

BETT (the education training and technology show) is on this week and I visited with some colleagues on Thursday. Technology is certainly taking over education and it did feel as if real creativity is being replaced by interactive learning games which look fun but seem to limit freedom of expression.  I liked the SensoryScent company who have developed a wide range of fragrances (and not so fragrant historical smells!) to add to learning experiences. I will be looking further at MyCognition which assesses and trains five components of cognitive health including working memory and attention.

But a favourite moment was when ‘disorientation’ was added to AudioNotetaker’s mural showing challenges that students face when learning.Jpeg

 

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DEC
08
2014

The Christmas Gift of Reading

The National Literacy Trust are offering the Gift of Reading this Christmas. For as little as £7, you can buy the Gift of Reading gift card for your friends or family and the National Literacy Trust will use the money to give disadvantaged children books to keep.  A shocking statistic is that one in seven children in the UK does not have a book of their own.

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NOV
04
2014

Master of Arts (Adult Dyslexia Diagnosis and Support)

I am thrilled to have been awarded my Master of Arts degree with distinction from London South Bank University My dissertation examined the link between perceptual talent and dyslexia. It proved to be a fascinating research area as I delved into the different thinking styles between people with dyslexia and people who are not dyslexic. I could not get to the graduation ceremony as I was attending a Davis workshop on Attention Mastery, a difficult decision but it was a fabulous workshop and they had packed a lot into each day. October was a full month for workshops as I also had an energising three days in Germany at the Davis International Symposium with colleagues from 22 different countries. It was wonderful to catch up with old friends and meet so many new facilitators too.

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SEP
23
2014

Dyslexic spies

‘Dyslexic spies: GCHQ’s secret strategy to tackle terrorism and espionage‘.  An article in the Sunday Times this week focussed on how GCHQ is utilizing dyslexic strengths in their work against cybercriminals and terrorists.  The case of Alan Turing, the dyslexic cryptanalyst and mathematician who  succeeded in breaking the Nazi’s Enigma code during the Second World War, is now well known.  GCHQ have recognised the aptitude that some people with dyslexia have for isolating facts from complex patterns and events, and apparently regularly recruit them as intelligence officers.

 

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SEP
08
2014

Claymation interviews

I love this short animated, claymation film which features interviews with some very famous (and entertaining) characters!  It was produced by art students in Sydney with the support of Marianne Mullally, a Davis facilitator.

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MAY
08
2014

UK Davis Dyslexia Programme bursary fund

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Klaire de Lys’s bursary campaign.  The campaign raised £5035 and has been a fantastic start for the new UK Davis Dyslexia Programme bursary fund.   Earlier this week, she fulfilled her pledge and shaved her head. There is an incredibly moving 2-minute video on her blog:     Last week, Klaire also launched her new band and her song, “Paper Wings”, which is based on her experiences with dyslexia.
If you would like to donate to the fund, there is a link on the DLF website : http://www.davislearningfoundation.org.uk/bursaryfund.html

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APR
17
2012

TV documentary about dyslexia

Dragonfly Film and Television Ltd. are making a television documentary about dyslexia and are looking for young people in the UK who have struggled with dyslexia to tell their stories. If dyslexia seriously affects you or someone you know, if you are currently learning to deal with it or if you have had severe problems in the past which you have managed to overcome, they would love to talk to you. Please send them a short email telling them a bit about yourself and how dyslexia has affected you as well as your contact details. If you are under 18 please speak to your parents before contacting them. Contact Claire Runham, Researcher Tel: +44 (0) 207 033 2300  Email: claire.runham@dragonfly.tv    (April 2012)

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APR
12
2012

Mandatory phonics test

You will be familiar with recent discussions in the news about the Government’s plans to introduce a mandatory phonics test for all six-year-olds. These plans were the subject of a ‘phone-in on BBC Radio 4’s consumer affairs programme “You and Yours” on 10 April.

Six and a half minutes (6:21) into the programme, there is an extended contribution by a lady whose son completed a Davis programme and is now taking five AS Levels. The caller speaks very eloquently about the Davis approach to dyslexia, the gifts of dyslexic individuals, and then goes on to express her reservations about the proposed new testing regime.

The programme is well worth a listen and can be heard on the BBCiPlayer

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