So welcome back after the summer. I have been taking the time to read some fiction over the summer. One of the ways it is really easy to get dyslexic teenagers reading more difficult books is to introduce books that they have already seen the films of. This is also the best way to get through that brick that you have been set for school exams! And yes the teacher will tell you not to watch the film as it will be different from the book but it is a great way to get over the initial hurdle of reading it and you can learn how to do the comparison study by knowing what it different from the book and the film!
One Day by David Nicholls is a clever book that will appeal to students who like dates and diaries as it is set very much around time and the passing of the years! A single day every year and the changes to each others lives.
Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda is a great way to get students into international fiction as it is originally translated from French - A very French style story with lots of character development and ways to really develop your understanding of people and their relationships. I think this is the first translated book I read which got me on to many after! It would be great to combine with a french lesson class too...
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg is one of the earliest books I remember reading and I have read it many times since - I don't think you can get a better recommendation of a book if you can re-read it again and again over 15 years... A very easy book to read and again one that fixes itself around dates.
Until next issue happy reading for all but especially all those Dyslexic Teenagers out there who have out grown baby books!
Dr. Naoisé Expression Developist™
Oxford & Cambridge revisited, along with the Charles Dickens Museum London as I talk about my new book. It's been an amazing journey so far in the writing.
I was delighted that the kindle version of the ADHD book I'm part of was launched last week in the US - according to them I'm one of the experts with proven results they searched the planet for!
I always see ADD and ADHD as an affect of what is really going on with the students who come to me looking for help and support with their school work. This has helped me to coin a term over the last 4 years called "Diffuse Focus™" to describe what is really happening for them. I equally see these patterns of behaviour carried through to adult life with our business clients!
Dr. Naoisé (Expression Developist™)
It might seem strange for a profound dyselxic but I'm known for giving books as presents for both Birthdays and Christmas, (and just random times people need cheering up!) Many friends over the years have got my idol Dr Seuss in the post when I have felt they needed some extra karma.
So I thought this a good time of the year to compile a few more books that I have been drawn to this year...
First up the most magical book I have read this year!
The Night Circus - a great story, I can't tell you any of the names of the characters but us dyslexics know that doesn't matter! Translated from German I found it an easy read - took me a while to read the whole book but the story was so involving I didn't even need to pick up another book in the meantime to keep my attention as I often do (I generally read anything up to 5 books at once to get myself over the fact that I can be on one book for months!)
Up next is a book from another amazing woman who has got more dyselxic children reading than anyone else on the planet! The Casual Vacany by J.K Rowling. Her first adult book and I think an amazing read for teenagers as it has so many difficult issues dealt with in a truely story telling way that we have come to expect from this amazing author. You have true senstivity to the characters no mather what their situation, background or plight. The shear size of this book may put many dyselxics off but I infact read it surprisingly quickly!
Last up I'm going to include a dyslexic writer that has kept people reading books for generations. She is the one author I can always read even when I'm sick and finding everything else in the world impossible. There is a logic to her writing that suits our brains! Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot is always great but this Christmas story is particularly good. The first time I read it I was struggling to figure out who done it!
In case people didn't see my post a few weeks ago I also recommended the Fannie Flagg book a Red Bird Christmas.
Hard to find now in time for Christmas unless you are lucky enough to be living in America - but for everyone else keep in mind for next year! I read it every November as it reminds me of the first year I bought it living away from home waiting to go back for Christmas!
Dr Naoisé Expression Developist™
This short video I recorded at the Irish Times Higher Options Conference in RDS explains why profiling is so important for Students early in their education life - You can pursue the Career you were born to do!