Putting mind over language matters. Follow and learn from my experience of turning dyslexia into gift-lexia

Choir and Pitch Recognition

Choir and Pitch Recognition
Pitch recognition is related to sound recognition.  In some languages the pitch between sylables makes up unique words.  In addition to getting the sequence of sounds right a singer has to get the pitch or melody of the sounds right to communicate the unique meaning. I wasn’t tone deaf but it was hard to hear parts especially two parts [...]

Folk Dancing is Therapeutic

Folk Dancing is Therapeutic
In junior high school, on rainy days,  we had co-ed dancing in the gym.  Sometimes this was line dancing or square dancing.  Listening to instructions or the “caller” while staying in step with the music and circling in a “grand right and left” was great multi-sensory activity. Integrating listening, movement, touch, [...]

Karaoke and Interactive Media

Karaoke and Interactive Media
Learning to enjoy singing led to the problem of memorizing the words.  Videodisc and CD+G made synchronizing lyrics possible.  Synchronizing the sound with the visual was the early part of my entrepreneuial career.  When I learned that “Dragon Lair” game was run from a computer driving the playback of the video, I knew that inter [...]

Gift-Lexia: no blame or shame

Gift-Lexia: no blame or shame
John 9: 1-3 1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I was recently discussing wi [...]

I Had A Secret

I Had A Secret
Why do we keep certain things personal and private.  Is it because we are afraid of judgement or embarassment?  The Boston Globe staff writer,  Gareth Cook, said in his article on ‘Life with Dyslexia’ , “For more that 15 years, I have had a secret”. Cook spoke with Dr. Shaywitz, the co-founder of The Yale Center for D [...]

Can word usage rules be any harder?

Can word usage rules be any harder?
If you want to be perfectly accurate, listening and memorizing how to say words isn’t enough.  Because often what people say isn’t always accurate.  Sometimes non-dyslexic learn from hearing what is popularly spoken whether it is right or wrong.   Trained dyslexics learn rules to speak more correctly because they can’t just [...]

Music Improves Listening

Music Improves Listening
I Like Music All kids like music.  Music not only make learning words and sound fun, it actually helps with the memorizing the order of words when there is the sequence of a melody and rhyming.  Music often is associated with a mood, an emotion.  The association of an event with an emotion helps my memorization.   I never could learn more tha [...]

Hearing but not listening

Hearing but not listening
Hearing is simply the act of perceiving sound by the ear. If you are not hearing-impaired, hearing simply happens. Listening, however, is something you consciously choose to do. Listening requires concentration so that your brain processes meaning from words and sentences. Listening leads to learning. As a child In kindergarten and first grad [...]

Multiple Labels by Multiple Authorit...

Multiple Labels by Multiple  Authorities
There are many different views, categories, and experts speaking-out about Dyslexia.  There are different theories and opinions from educators, psychologist, geneticists, and special type of scientists called neurologists. The classification buckets are different depending upon the expert’s purpose and perspective. Educators want to mak [...]

Dyslexia Not As Bad As Being A Werewo...

Recently, I had a revealing conversation with my 35 year old son since he is now investigating his own dyslexia and how it has affected his whole learning experience and some of his world views.  He talked about 3D processing verses 1D or linear processors.  We talked about genetics and I shared with him my new passion to share what I’m [...]