Tag Archives: dyslexia help

Neurodiversity and Social Exclusion

What do we know?

Dyslexia and neuro-differences are over-represented in the offender population (52%[1]) and among people who are long term unemployed (av. 28%[2]) compared to the working population (8%-10%[3]).

What are the issues?

Most projects to date have tackled literacy, which is expensive, time consuming and produces few solid successes. However, recent research suggests that literacy is not the most prevailing issue for adults with neuro-differences .[4]Literacy issues are a symptom, not a cause.  Poor ‘working memory’ and ‘processing speed’ are the […]

Great new tool for meetings

Always a joy to hear about a new piece of snazzy technology….

If like me, you often go to meetings and come away with reams of messy notes that you then have to type up, you’ll be happy to know that there’s now a simple way to avoid this.  Using a normal looking pen, Mobile Notes captures your handwritten notes and converts them into a font of your choice.  Genius!

Available at www.scanningpenshop.com (£99.99)

What’s working well in coaching:Reading

Reading for Speed and Retention

1) Make the environment more diversity friendly. Ask yourself what needs to happen for my focus and attention to be better and download information into memory? Do you need a quiet space, headphones or music? Does your phone and email need to be off?

2) How do I make the document friendlier? You can change the font, size and colour (i.e. Tahoma 12 in leaf green,) use reading/screen filters and change the spacing to 1.5 […]

Client success story from Chris

It is a pleasure to share with you one of my own client’s coaching experience.

M had an assessment with Nancy, our company owner and Chartered Occupational Psychologist. This identified that she has severe dyspraxia. M then got in touch with Access to Work. Her assessor suggested Claro Read for her (to help with reading and proofreading of her written work), some reading filters and 6×2 hour sessions with me.

M is an outreach programme manager, managing women’s outreach projects with workers […]

What’s working well in coaching: using the spoken voice

Dyslexia and the spoken voice

Many of the educational and workplace solutions to help with Neuro diversity,are based on the spoken voice. For example, you would use your voice to dictate a document with Dragon NaturallySpeaking (as I’m doing right now) and then proof read the same document with a program like Text Help.

So, why is using the spoken voice very important for individuals with dyslexia?

With dyslexia, it is more difficult to make direct connections […]

Bench Marking and Standards for Strategy Coaching

Strategy Coaching is a frequent reasonable adjustment brought in by employers to support people with dyslexia, dyspraxia, AD(H)D, ASD and other types of neuro-differences.  Research published by the British Psychological Society in 2013[1] demonstrated how often the following topics were requested by clients and managers:


This reflected what we at Genius Within had suspected for a while – that professional skills can be more important than literacy.  We decided to take a review […]

Reducing distractions and improving focus

What’s working well in coaching: Improving focus

Our clients commonly find that they have difficulty focusing, which means that they may procrastinate and be less likely to look after themselves by taking a break. In our coaching, we will talk about 360° of distraction and explore strategies for improving focus and attention.

People with Neuro diverse conditions (like Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Attention Deficit Disorder) find it hard to filter out the irrelevant information surrounding them, meaning that they become easily distracted and […]

Does Strategy Coaching Work? Results of our Research

Dyslexia is a particular cognitive style that results in poor phonological processing, poor phonological working memory, poor sequencing and processing speed (Guest, 2009; Shaywitz et al. 1990’s) but with above average strengths in verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning and mechanical ability (Eide and Eide, 2011; Von Karolyi, 2001 – 2005). There are individual variations but this is a typical profile description.

The choice of topics to […]

Dyslexia Glass Ceiling

As we know, Dyslexia is characterised as a pattern of strengths and weaknesses.  More often than not the pattern is as follows:

Strengths: Verbal Comprehension & Perceptual Reasoning

Weaknesses: Working Memory & Processing speed.

But what are these things? Let me explain with a mind map for each concept:

So what I notice about these different areas of ability, is that the weaknesses associated with dyslexia are valued in entry level roles, […]

Tips from Coaching: Unlock your reading Genius with simple technology

Many of the clients I work with (especially the dyslexic geniuses) find that they skip words or lines when they read text on the screen. You may find that you are doing this now. This usually results in missing information, which means you may need to re read the document, perhaps several times, to understand it.

One of my genius clients explained that she can read easier from an iPhone app, even if nervous. It scrolls […]