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Sharing dyslexia stories from all stages and walks of life to help parents of Tween/Teens with Dyslexia find practical and helpful tips.

Dyslexia Explore‪d‬ Darius Namdaran

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 14 Ratings

Sharing dyslexia stories from all stages and walks of life to help parents of Tween/Teens with Dyslexia find practical and helpful tips.

    #103 Dyslexia, confidence and an alter ego who turned into a dynamic character of a novel. Ed Calkins

    #103 Dyslexia, confidence and an alter ego who turned into a dynamic character of a novel. Ed Calkins

    We have a very special and mind-bending episode this week. It’s all about a man with dyslexia who worked 34 years as a driver for a newspaper company and recently published a book with himself as the main character.

    Let’s follow the story of Ed Calkins who had troubles with self-confidence all his life. As a hobby, he created fascinating stories with characters based on real-life people and shared them with his colleagues and friends. One of his friends is an author, Denise Unland, who decided to include Ed, as one of the characters in her trilogy.

    The character, Ed, ended up being a fan favourite that fans of the trilogy wanted to know more about his back story. Ed Calkins took on that challenge and wrote a novel based on the character with the same name. At first, Ed wasn’t confident about his story but after hearing positive feedback about the character, he was motivated to finish his novel. Listen to his story now.

    Links you might want to check:

    Denise’s Thrilogy - Bryony series: https://www.bryonyseries.com/

    Ed’s Book - Ruthless: https://www.amazon.com/Ruthless-Edward-Calkins/dp/1949777421

    Ruthless Ebook: https://www.amazon.com/Ruthless-Edward-Calkins-ebook/dp/B08VZCD1V2/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=ruthless+kindle+edward+calkins&qid=1614121750&s=books&sr=1-1

    Evie's Story on BBC Radio Ulster Two Minute Tales 2019: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/yrnTnFMbS8TmMlg6LL28Ss/the-13th-fairy-written-by-evie-martin

    Evie’s Book - The Garden of Love: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Fish-Garden-Love-Martin-ebook/dp/B08MZ6FLQX/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+garden+of+love+evie+martin&qid=1614263167&sr=8-1

    William Butler Yeats: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._B._Yeats

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    Show notes: https://bulletmapacademy.com/103/

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    #102 Constantly Reinventing Yourself With Karen Font

    #102 Constantly Reinventing Yourself With Karen Font

    Karen Font, the host of ‘You Are More Than Your Labels’ podcast, sat down with me and shared her dyslexia story. Just like many of us, Karen Font discovered she has dyslexia later in life. She didn’t know her struggles in school were because of her dyslexia until she was tested. Karen created a podcast, sharing experiences of everyday people with dyslexia.

    In this episode, we talked about constantly reinventing yourself, a trait that most dyslexics have. We constantly find ways to change something in ourselves and what we do. She also talked about how you are more than just your label. Listen to her story now.

    Here are some links:

    Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/labels121?_rdc=1&_rdr

    Website: https://youaremorethanyourlabels.libsyn.com/

    Bulletmap Academy Page: https://bulletmapacademy.com

    BulletMap Academy Workshop: https://bulletmapacademy.com/story/

    BulletMap Academy Blogs: https://bulletmapacademy.com/blogs/

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    Show notes: https://bulletmapacademy.com/102/

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    #101 Access To Work: How And Why For Employers With Kerry Pace Part 4

    #101 Access To Work: How And Why For Employers With Kerry Pace Part 4

    In podcast episode 99, we discussed the ‘Access to Work’ scheme by the United Kingdom government which grants disabled students/professionals allowance to the workplace. It is the government’s way to get disabled people into work and become a productive member of society.

    This time we are going to discuss how employers can help their employees have access to this grant, why it is advantageous for employers to let their employees have access to this grant, and other practicalities on getting the grant. We invited Kerry Pace again to share her expertise on the matter as she has helped other dyslexics get access to the “access to work” grant. We also invited people to join us and ask questions to Kerry. Listen to the episode to find out more.

    Links you might want to check:

    Kerry Pace email: Kerry@Diverse-Learners.co.uk

    Kerry Pace Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/DiverseLearners/featured

    @DiverseLearners

    Phone, text and WhatsApp 07947 325 849

    Access to Work info - https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work

    Access to Work “apply” - https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/apply

    Phone 0800 121 7479

    Text     0800 121 7579

    Dragon - https://www.nuance.com/en-gb/dragon.html

    Mindview - https://www.matchware.com/mind-mapping-software

    Claro - https://www.clarosoftware.com/

    Audio notetaker - https://sonocent.com/audio-notetaker/

    Inspiration - https://www.inspiration-at.com/

    C scan pen - https://www.scanningpens.co.uk/

    Website www.Diverse-Learners.co.uk

    Show notes and resources: https://bulletmapacademy.com/101/

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    #100 Coaching Athletes with Dyslexia with Sophia Gomma

    #100 Coaching Athletes with Dyslexia with Sophia Gomma

    A lot of dyslexics excel in sports. Some professional athletes even attribute their success to dyslexia. This week we are going to talk about this fascinating subject with Sophia Gomma, a licensed Davis facilitator who helps dyslexic students in school and sports.

    People with dyslexia are naturally very good at dynamic reasoning which can be very helpful in competitive games.  However, there can be underlying roadblocks. Executing set plays and following the coach's instructions can sometimes be difficult for people with dyslexia.  The coach may misinterpret this as the athlete being lazy.

    We invited Sophia Gomma to our podcast this week to talk about dyslexia in sports and the factors that may affect athletes with dyslexia. Sophia also shares a lot of insights on coaching dyslexics and knowing what they need to maximise their capabilities in sports.

    Here are some links:

    Website:  www.LearningToolsForLife.com

    Sophia’s email:  info@LeanringToolsForLife.com

    Live podcast recording on 2nd of Feb: https://bulletmapacademy.com/access-to-work/

    Or email: darius@bulletmapacademy.com

    Bulletmap Academy Page: https://bulletmapacademy.com

    BulletMap Academy Workshop: https://bulletmapacademy.com/story/

    BulletMap Academy Blogs: https://bulletmapacademy.com/blogs/

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    Show notes: https://bulletmapacademy.com/100/

    • 55 min
    #99 Access to Work: What is it and how can you get it with Kerry Pace Part 3

    #99 Access to Work: What is it and how can you get it with Kerry Pace Part 3

    We have a practical but exciting podcast this week. We invited Kerry Pace again as a guest on dyslexia explored. This is part 3 of our series with her. In episode 80, she talks about her dyslexia story and the journey she embarked on which enabled her to tutor university students online, mostly nursing students, with dyslexia. In episode 81, she talks about the importance of learning support through online videos for students and professionals.

    Today, we talked about a very interesting and very helpful program that the United Kingdom implements but only a few know about. In the UK, we have a scheme called “Access to Work” which is basically giving disabled student allowance to the workplace. It is the government's way to get disabled people into work and become a productive member of society. This ensures companies will build ramps and other infrastructure that allows persons with disabilities to have access to the workplace.

    Why do we have to know about this? In the UK, dyslexia is considered a disability so people with dyslexia have the right to avail of this. This opens up so many opportunities for people with dyslexia. Listen to the episode to find out more.

    Links you might want to check:

    Kerry Pace email: Kerry@Diverse-Learners.co.uk

    Kerry Pace Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/DiverseLearners/featured
    @DiverseLearners
    Phone, text and WhatsApp 07947 325 849

    Access to Work info - https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work
    Access to Work “apply” - https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/apply

    Phone 0800 121 7479
    Text     0800 121 7579

    Dragon - https://www.nuance.com/en-gb/dragon.html
    Mindview - https://www.matchware.com/mind-mapping-software
    Claro - https://www.clarosoftware.com/
    Audio notetaker - https://sonocent.com/audio-notetaker/
    Inspiration - https://www.inspiration-at.com/
    C scan pen - https://www.scanningpens.co.uk/

    Website www.Diverse-Learners.co.uk

    BulletMap Academy Show notes: https://bulletmapacademy.com/99/

    • 1 hr 14 min
    #98 ‘My Name is Layla’ Author Shares Why She Chose Dyslexia As Key Part Of Her Story

    #98 ‘My Name is Layla’ Author Shares Why She Chose Dyslexia As Key Part Of Her Story

    In the Dyslexia Explored Podcast, we usually talk to people with dyslexia and hear about their personal challenges.    You might have heard from our previous episodes, we are interested in the challenges that people with dyslexia face and how they overcome them.

    This week we are going to hear from someone who has written a dyslexia story. Reyna Marder Gentin was a criminal defense attorney who became a full-time writer. In her second book, ‘My Name is Layla’, the main character has dyslexia and it is one of the main parts of her story. Let us discover why Reyna chose dyslexia, what were the struggles her character faced, and what are the points we can learn from this story.

    Here are some links:

    Website: https://reynamardergentin.com

    Curriculum guide: https://reynamardergentin.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/My-Name-Is-Layla-curriculum-guide.pdf

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reynamardergentin

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/reynagentin

    Buy links:

    From the Publisher: https://touchpointpress.ecwid.com/My-Name-is-Layla-p217000791

    E-book edition from Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Name-Layla-Reyna-Marder-Gentin-ebook/dp/B08D1ZM4FW/ref=sr_1_15?dchild=1&keywords=my+name+is+layla&qid=1610124854&quartzVehicle=842-813&replacementKeywords=my+name+layla&sr=8-15

    US paperback: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1952816084?pf_rd_r=4WE1PG1EQ6BRR3KR888N&pf_rd_p=5ae2c7f8-e0c6-4f35-9071-dc3240e894a8

    Publisher: https://www.bronxriverbooks.com/my-name-is-layla.

    More buy links for the paperback edition should be available upon on-sale.

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    Show notes: https://bulletmapacademy.com/98/

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

cameljoy ,

Insightful podcast

Darius, thank you for your work, I really enjoy listening to everyone’s stories as well as hearing about all the wonderful work going on for dyslexics around the world.

SunCoKid ,

Insights, advocacy for teens and parents

Great, from the heart conversations about real life with teens and adolescents with dyslexia. The issues that families face, and shared challenges and main themes that families experience during the long journey from Kinder to High school graduation. Darius does a great job of asking insightful questions and facilitating connecting conversations.

Keep Calm Advocate ,

Focused and Informative

Provides dyslexia from different perspectives. Looking forward to listening!!!

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