Podcast #20 The Dyslexic Advantage Chapter 3 Review

“Poor automaticity in routine skills makes many individuals with dyslexia…experiment with routine procedures, and in the process find new and better ways of doing things.” p23 of The Dyslexic Advantage.

In this summary and review of Chapter 3 of The Dyslexic Advantage by Dr Brock Eide and Dr Fernette Eide they explore two of the four theories of Dyslexia. This chapter is all about the two main theories of what causes dyslexia and how it affects us. Phonological Impairment Theory and Procedural Learning Theory. I try to simplify it so I can understand it and explain it to my teenage students in the future.

There is so much practical stuff to learn from understanding these theories. Its not just theoretical stuff. It helps in everyday decision making.

Things covered:

The Traits:
– Late talking
– Mispronouncing words
– Getting tenses wrong
– Following grammar rules
– Spelling
– Reading
– Arithmetic
– Coordination
– Routines 
– Memory
– Organizing
– Following instructions
– Keeping focus
– Following rules

Theories of Dyslexia:
1. Phonological Impairment Theory
2. Procedural Learning Theory
3. Right Brain Dominance
4. Mini Columns

Phonological Processing Theory
– Recognising little sounds phonemes
– 80-90% dyslexics have
– Decoding and Encoding
– Levels of impact
– Link with Working Memory
– Phonological Loop
– Executive Function
– 3 Peaks of Challenge

Procedural Learning Theory
– Learning to automatically do things
– Slow to master procedures
– Explicit Learning
– Compensations by being on ‘Manual’
– Explains the innovation of new processes
– Creative and Innovations from Dyslexia

The Dyslexic Advantage” is one of the most highly recommended books on dyslexia for good reason. For example, just over two years ago I read only five selected chapters of the book and it significantly contributed to inspiring the motivation behind creating the mission and company of ‘BulletMap Academy‘. My wife and I were inspired to find a way to systematically teach dyslexic teens and entrepreneurs to use mind mapping as a tool that can be used to find creative order out of chaotic thoughts. The insights from the book helped me, as an adult, to identify and harness my dyslexic advantages and, as a teacher, to find methods to teach visual study skills effectively. This is just one example of how this book has catalysed new ways to recognise and harness people’s creative gifts.

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