MAR
21
2016

Is there a link between perceptual talent and dyslexia?

I am delighted that my research article has been peer-reviewed and published in the Journal of Inclusive Practice in Further and Higher Education (Vol 7 pp 34-48, 2016)

I undertook research to assess whether the four component parts of Davis’ perceptual talent were more evident in a small group of people who had been diagnosed with dyslexia than in a comparative group that was screened as not having dyslexia. This was done through personal interviews which included Davis’ Perceptual Ability Assessment, quantitative analysis and a discussion of thinking styles. It was concluded that, whilst no difference was found in ability to visualise an image in 3D, the participants with dyslexia did have a greater ability to experience mental images as real-world phenomena, to intentionally access the brain’s perception distortion function, and a preference to think non-verbally. This supports Davis’ assertion that there is a link between perceptual talent and dyslexia.

The full article is in the open access journal JIPFHE.

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APR
22
2015

World Book Night

I am excited to be taking part in the World Book Night again. It is an annual celebration of reading and enables volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books.

I have 18 copies of Chickenfeed by Minette Walters to give away. Based on the true story of the ‘chicken farm murder’ which took place in East Sussex in 1924. The book is one of the Quick Reads series, short books by bestselling authors which are written to be easy to read.

 

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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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