Tag Archives: dyspraxia 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: 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 […]

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 […]

What was that?

It has been found that those who have dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD find it harder to filter out irrelevant information from their environment. Other people may be able to block out noise, movement and other things going on around them; however, people with dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADHD may pay just as much attention to them as they would to say the conversation they are having. This means that they have less attention available to focus on the task in hand.
Not […]

Memory Strengths

You may already know that dyslexic and dyspraxic individuals often have weaknesses in their memory, but did you know that they have strengths too? It has been found that many people with dyslexia and dyspraxia have strong episodic memories. Episodic memories are personal memories like specific events, situations and experiences; for example, your first day at school, and the events of 9/11. Those who have a good episodic memory are more likely to experience these memories like vivid videos; you […]

Working memory – what was I going to say?

Do you ever find while you are doing your work a thought comes to mind, but by the time you have finished what you were doing in order to concentrate on that thought, it has disappeared? This happens a lot, especially for those who have dyslexia and dyspraxia. People with dyslexia and dyspraxia often suffer with poor Working Memory. Working Memory is anything that you can keep in your attention and work with at any one time.

For people with a […]