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036: The Power of a Different Mind: Jamie Williamson on Learning Strategies to Manage & Exploit ADD, Dyslexia & More

June 6, 2017

Dyslexia is one of the most misunderstood learning differences. What are the biggest misconceptions people have about dyslexics? How can education work to nurture children who have it, and make sure they find their strengths? What approaches are used to teach children with learning differences? On this episode, Jamie Williamson of the Marburn Academy is here to discuss this, and provide learning strategies for children and parents.  

One of the biggest strengths dyslexics have is this conversation around resilience. -Jamie Williamson

Takeaways

  1. Dyslexia is a phonological processing disorder. People with it struggle to break a word down into different sounds.
  2. Active working memory refers to your ability to hold things, cognitively on your work space and then manipulate that information.
  3. Strengths are what you’re good at, affinities are what you love.

At the start of the show, Jamie shared what a learning difference is, and he also defined executive function. Next, we talked about the myths people have about dyslexia, including the idea that more boys have it than girls. Jamie also talked about how Marburn structure their lessons and classrooms, and towards the end of the show, he shared his own journey and the familial system community conversation.

Jamie also spoke about;

  • The connection between dyslexia and tenacity and persisting through things
  • What parents can do when their child has a learning difference
  • Organizational strategies to overcome difficulties

Every child in this world deserves an exceptional educational experience. Every child deserves to find their strengths and be celebrated for what makes them special, not brought down for being different. Educators and parents need to have good training around academics, and create a safe and nurturing environment for a child. Schools like Marburn create this by having small, intimate classrooms with two teachers, and having the children drive the conversation.

Guest Bio  

Jamie joined Marburn in 2015 and is Marburn’s 4th Head of School. Williamson is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and holds a Masters of Science and Education Specialist degree in School Psychology from Miami University. Go to MarburnAcademy.org for more information.

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