Remembering my left from my right, is something I have always struggled to do. Growing-up I also found it hard to learn how to tell the time and spell new words. Yet by the age of eleven I could sew my own clothes and could fix anything. If anyone needs any help now with DIY, they always ask me.
As a child how could I be amazing at hobbies, yet struggle so much at school? Back in the 1980s things like dyslexia were not talked about. I found it confusing, why did I find school so difficult and other children did not. I know now that I am dyslexic and that my brain works in a different way. Because of this I am better at creative subjects and struggle to learn new information.
Super-powered Brain Card
The Mooki Cards contain a “Super-powered Brain” card. To help dyslexic children learn through play. Use the card below on your phone or tablet for free!
The brain has two sides, each side works differently. The right-side is the creative, visual side of the brain. It thinks in pictures, stories, 3D models and movement. Dyslexic children use the right side of their brain more.
The left side of the brain processes new information. The more logical, analytical side of the brain. Good with reading, writing, learning new facts, order and memory.
Dyslexic children struggle at school, because they use the left side of their brain less. Where subjects are more logical, information based. They do better at activities that are creative and involve problem solving. Such as model making, art, music and dance.
Talk about Dyslexia - Explain to the dyslexic child that their brain work differently. This means they may struggle with somethings and be good at other things. Ask them what they are good at and what they find hard? Explain it is ok not to be good at everything.
Super-powered Brain - Focus on the positives that being dyslexic, can bring. Encourage hobbies, talents outside of school. Being good at fixing their bike, shows they are good at problem solving.
Dyslexic Thinking - Thinking differently, brings special skills and qualities. Creativity, problem solving abilities. This means dyslexic children can go on to do careers, such as being a scientist, engineer or designer. Talk to the child about their future and explain there are many things they can do.