October is Dyslexia awareness month. Dyslexia affects 1 in 5 students, and 20% of the Canadian population. This means that there could be 5 or more children in a classroom struggling to read or write. However, this doesn’t stop people with dyslexia from following their dreams. 30% of the most successful entrepreneurs are dyslexic – including Albert Einstein.
Everyone’s learning style is different. Where one person is a “hands on learner”, someone else is a “visual learner”.
Most often, dyslexia is associated with a difficulty reading and writing. However, after struggling with math in particular, Mackenzie knew something wasn’t clicking. Her diagnosis was difficult to grasp at first but it ended up being one of the greatest things to happen to her.
The human mind is an incredible thing. The dyslexic mind is exceptionally beautiful – very visually and in 3D. Dyslexics are able to manipulate images in their heads. For example, where some people need to hold a cube in their hand to see and understand it, someone with dyslexia might be able to do this in their heads.
Mackenzie works with people 7 years and older to understand their dyslexia. The program is a week long, and helps them establish the tools to solve any “roadblocks” they might cross.
Dyslexia is fascinating. Mackenzie gives so many detailed examples of how dyslexics learn and how their minds work in this Parking with MF.
For more information about the program Mackenzie talks about in the interview, email her at [email protected]
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