A new way to understand dyslexia- ‘Discovering Dyslexia – Experiencing Mysteries and Exploring Solutions - a resource and information guide for students, teachers, parents, and educators.’- www.discoveringdisability.com.au ISBN 978-0-9581610-3-9
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Author - Sharon Boyce
I am really excited about this dyslexia book. It is an encyclopaedia of dyslexia and what it means and how it has been seen through history; But it is a whole lot more than that...
It presents a whole new way to understand what dyslexia is and what it actually means for people who experience it. It uses examples as simulations of real texts to create a feeling of the frustration and the way information is processed for a person with dyslexia. It can be used in so many different ways. It depends on your role as to what you want to gain from the book or how you want to use it, to either help yourself or to help others or both! The book looks bright and inviting for the reader. There is really nothing else like this resource, it is totally new and it can be used in so many ways. I love the fact it is easy to read and I love the reactions I get from people who have used this and really benefited from it. I love the fact that it is all hands on.
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My best reaction has been from a family of a teenager with dyslexia. The dad thought his son was not interested in doing homework and avoided improving and working through his lessons each night. There was nightly conflict. His mum was working at the school tuckshop and saw me using the resource with teachers. She asked me whether she could borrow the book and take it home to show her husband what their son actually saw when he was trying to read or complete his homework.
The result was a dad who really respected his son and the difficulty he had when he was trying to work through his homework every night. Instead of conflicts and criticism the dad had an empathy and some understanding of what was happening for his boy every time he tried to complete what he was asked by the teacher. The outcome was one of collaboration and care. This is what I aim to achieve with this book and the strategies that I encourage individuals to take on. It is a practical guide to understand dyslexia. Hands-on activities and different support strategies are also explored is in the appendices.
Discovering Dyslexia – experiencing mysteries exploring solutions ISBN 978-0-9581610-3-9
My new dyslexia book is a how-to guide for everybody and anybody who has ever wondered about dyslexia or is affected by dyslexia in some way. It is a ‘first of its kind’ in the way it explores dyslexia by creating simulations and experiences of certain types of dyslexia, as well as immersing the readers into some of the struggles people with dyslexia experience every day. There are examples of what dyslexia feels and looks like. There are a huge variety of solutions that are explored and demonstrated. It is very hands on with many simulations and a variety of page types and colours with which the reader can engage and explore issues further. The book is made up of 10 chapters that explore dyslexia historically, as well as educationally. There are chapters that engage the reader in an experience of feeling what dyslexia is like and there are also chapters that recreate what dyslexia looks like for some people. It does not purport that it covers every type of dyslexia, but what it does is try to capture what it feels like to have dyslexia and have to participate in our everyday world.
The journey of the book has evolved and shaped from the original kit and the interactions of educators with it. The journey of this book Discovering Dyslexia has been fifteen years in the making. It all started with a very small booklet I found in my USQ office I shared with Professor Ron Skilton. It was a very old yellowed flyer containing an overview of dyslexia and what it is and how it impacts on people from all walks of life and how as an educator we might be able to help if we were more aware of what was happening. From this initial baptism of fire I went on to finding out and exploring more about dyslexia and hidden disabilities. This book is the culmination of people’s personal story and collected research and ideas and experiential understanding.
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It was very exciting to finally launch my A4 stand-alone, hard copy book of ‘Discovering Dyslexia – Experiencing Mysteries and Exploring Solutions’. This was originally designed as a kit and has now been collated into a go-to guide book full of information about dyslexia. The book answers lots of the questions about dyslexia that we all want to know. The book has been written in simple English and has been printed on non-glossy paper so it is easy to read for people who have dyslexia and really for everybody. The book contains lots of pictures to support the written text. It also is only left hand justified. The book has been written over the past 10 years and is a collection of data from my own research as well as information from hundreds of participants that have been a part of my disability awareness workshops over that time. It is their stories and their shared experiences that have helped shape this collection of knowledge. It is also based around the premise of all of my work that experiential understanding is the key to real learning. We can have all the head knowledge from text books, but without practical lived understanding real knowledge will not be as strong. We want to see how other people see and this book tries to replicate that to some extent so we all have some understanding of what is happening for a person who has dyslexia.
I have not left out any solutions or ideas that I have discovered over time that may help somebody with dyslexia to be able to read better or easier. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another but I do not want to miss something that may help change a person’s life. I have tried to make sure I have covered all areas about dyslexia and from all angles. Some solutions seem so simple while others are more complex. I guess this is the same with life and I think that we need to make sure that we don't dismiss something because we don't think it will work.
The book is easy to read with many pictures and examples of dyslexia. It is good for teachers, educators, parents, students and in fact anybody who wants to learn more about what dyslexia is and also try and find some solutions as to what happens and what might help. There is no quick fix but if we understand and have some ideas about problems with reading we may be able to have more conversation about dyslexia and also demystify what is happening for so many people in our world. It has been a privilege to work with so many teachers and students while I have been researching this topic. I have learned so much and been able to explore what other individuals see and link experiential understanding to practical learning.
The book is a how-to guide for everybody and anybody who has ever wondered about dyslexia or is affected by dyslexia in some way. There are examples of what dyslexia feels and looks like. There are a huge variety of solutions that are explored and demonstrated. It is very hands on with many simulations and a variety of page types and colours with which the reader can engage and explore issues further.
The book is available in the online shop or by emailing me directly. The cost of the book is $95. The book is made up of 10 chapters plus Appendices that explore dyslexia historically, as well as educationally. There are chapters that immerse the reader in an experience of feeling what dyslexia is like and there are also chapters that recreate what dyslexia looks like for some people. It does not claim to have every answer to dyslexia but what it does is try to capture what it feels like to have dyslexia and have to participate in our everyday world. It also explains what dyslexia is and creates a real understanding of what is happening for people and suggests some practical solutions.
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Discovering Dyslexia – Experiencing Mysteries and Exploring Solutions – is a resource and information guide for students, teachers, parents, and educators’.
The purpose of this book is to educate everybody about dyslexia. I believe that by educating people about dyslexia, we can break down the barriers that exist and begin to create a more inclusive society. It is written in very easy English and explained in a simple way so all readers can understand and process the information well. I have written the book for a very diverse audience to enable access by all. I want to break down barriers that exists and therefore have made the content as simple as possible while still analysing, exploring and giving answers to the reader. I think that as a society we are becoming more aware of the issues that surround dyslexia and reading perceptual issues and that we have made some good advances towards living and supporting real inclusion as a society in the past ten years. However, we still have a way to go. I believe government policy on all levels has been helping with this change in awareness. The world as a whole has become more committed to helping break down barriers and embrace inclusive communities and certainly better access for persons with a learning disability. That is not to say that we still don’t have a long way to go, but it is also good to acknowledge that many positive things are happening as well. These new policy directions and ideas will be discussed in the following pages.
It is often difficult to deal with dyslexia as it is a hidden disability. Often people who have it don’t even know they do. They know they are different but cannot explain why. On average there are about three children in every classroom that has some issue with reading and writing or a form of dyslexia. These are high statistics, and we need to support students, teachers and parents to help create practical solutions that will result in positive change. Another factor is the lack of funding available in this area. We need to find practical support. There are no quick fixes. It is often a combination of all strategies that can help.
I believe disability awareness training, especially in the area of dyslexia, is vital for our community and for education overall. Programs such as Discovering DisAbility and Diversity can really help people understand more about hidden disability. Because dyslexia is a hidden disability or learning difficulty, it is harder to have an understanding of what is happening for people, especially students in the classroom, and what the struggles they are dealing with are. As was stated earlier in each classroom, there are approximately 3 children who have dyslexia and the struggles they are dealing with every day in the classroom are huge. It is incredibly important that teachers are aware of what dyslexia actually means to different people and have an understanding of the variety of different things that can be occurring for each of the students in their classroom. As there is very little funding available to support these students, their teachers, and their families, we need to create a variety of simple solutions that can be implemented within the classroom to enable equal access to learning. We also need to be aware that everybody is different.
The book answers many questions about dyslexia such as -
Do you know what dyslexia is?
This book contains hundreds of handy hints and solutions for people with dyslexia.
This book will help you understand what the word dyslexia means.
It is a great teaching tool for educators, and a way to explain what people with dyslexia actually see.
From my early exploration and understanding I went on to finding out and exploring more about dyslexia and hidden disabilities. My workshops with discovering disability and diversity were initially focused on physical disability more than hidden disability. However as time progressed many of the participants in the workshops wanted to share their personal story of frustration and exclusion particularly in relation to many of the issues that emerge within dyslexia and also many of the educational struggles with autism and perceptual motor issues. I realized that there was a big gap in supporting and understanding the individual’s in our world that were being impacted by dyslexia. I learned something new every day I sat around the table discussing learning process and things that were happening to the people I was talking to around the table they were sharing real struggles and were not finding solutions working for them. In many of the sessions of my workshop sessions they were asking for information to take away that they could try for themselves or for students in their classrooms that might work to make reading and writing and processing information easier. This is how the early beginnings of the book started. A few sheets in a folder became the beginnings of a early resource kit.
I was asked by libraries and the general community could I condensed the information into a solid book that could be a little more sturdy with no loose pieces to lose and still captured the essence and contents of the previous kit. I needed to still include all the information and make sure I still could use the book in a practical and experiential way. After many hours of review and reassembly the book started to really take shape and flow well. There were extra things I wanted to add and some more stories and definitions I wanted to include. I also had documents on my computer I had collected over the past ten years that could fit into the book and link with the kit information. My very fast typists helped bring this all together as well as weave the up to date story from my workshop participants over the years to form Discovering Dyslexia - Experiencing Mysteries and Exploring Solutions.
This book now contains the history of dyslexia what it is and how it looks for many individuals. I wanted to create an experience of dyslexia similar to how my practical workshops run. I also wanted a variety of solutions to be explained and included as part of this practical book . Over about ten years this emerged and along with some extra books, coloured overlays and rulers and highlighting pens it was launched in September 2019. I am so proud of it. I have been extremely happy with the feedback and with the engagement of individuals with the content of Discovering Dyslexia. It became much bigger than I ever thought possible however I did not want to exclude any solutions that may help one person. I tried to make sure that all included information was based on research based evidence but I was always tempted to just put it in if a solution had helped one person. Sometimes we are not sure how or why something works but we just know it does. It was for this reason that I included everything that I was told personally had helped the people I have met along the way on this very personal, sensitive and eye opening journey.
This area is very emotional and also very political in the way it impacts on individuals who have dyslexia and people who support them. I want individuals to be empowered by the thought they can try a number of things that worked for others and may be they will work for them there is no quick fix but some of the solutions really help make the situation better. Some people, especially in the past, have been too embarrassed or shamed to ask for help or disclose they had any issue with reading or writing. Many did not even know that other people did not see the same way they did. Therefore, dyslexia was a massive barrier that they had to overcome and hide. We need to change this and hopefully this book can be the catalyst for change.
I am really excited with the finished product which is a collection of all this information in a durable and very useable format. More importantly I believe it summarizes dyslexia and paints a picture of what many individuals in our society live with every day. It can be used in so many ways. As a research tool. A general overview of dyslexia and what it is. It also provides practical solutions and a positive understanding of what dyslexia is. A great teaching device. A helpful guide for parents and students. An overview on educational support for teachers aides and really for society as a whole, to give us more empathy and understanding. I am proud to have launched Discovering Dyslexia Experiencing Mysteries Exploring Solutions to the world in disability action week 2019.
I was very lucky to have both the disability minister Coralee O’ Rourke and the education minister Grace Grace launch my book at parliament house in Brisbane on 18th September. To have the support of colleagues, educators, friends and family at the launch was a culmination and celebration of many years of research into the area. The sharing of stories and conversations really created lived inclusion. This book is based on my research ideas of the need for individuals to really experiencing disability in order to create real understanding and real change and solutions so we can all understand just a little of what dyslexia means to people who live with it everyday. It creates simulations and uses examples to immerse the reader, to a small extent, into the world of somebody who has dyslexia. Thank you for all the shared information and genuine life stories from all the people I have met on my education and life journey. Without these interactions this book would never have been fully complete.