Looking to Heal Our Own [Learning] Difference: Productivity In Dyslexic Brain Through Poetry, Short Story Writing, and Journaling

What Does Productivity Look Like in Someone with a Neurodifference?

by Tricia Cook

I can tell you right now; it is not two denominational worksheets. It usually is a three denominational related image produced in the mind due to strong visual-spacial reasoning. Can you imagine being described very plain a room but inside your own mind you’ve filled every dimension of room with every detail such as: color of curtains, size of the lamp shades, dimensions of the coach, color and size of the plant in the corner with-in seconds of being told about this very plain room? If you have dyslexia, like myself, you actually create a 3D image looking down at the room the room. The creativity, imagination and innovation is through the roof with someone with dyslexia. The logic of-evaluation of size, shape, color and dimension is a known strength. This is why common occupations of those with dyslexia include the following: cartographers-map makers; artist; interior designers; chefs; actors; VG technology and IT- internet/web development; print and broadcast media; marketing and advertising; athletes; manufacturing; assembly and industry; commercial driving; and skilled trades. Poetry includes the ability to use our list-form thinking abilities in a creative outlet…Poets??? Well check some out HERE.

I use poetry and pictures usually of nature to help my students with dyslexia. Poetry speaks to both sides of the brain like music in the fact that it includes language/rhythm (yes…rhyme too); through writing poetry, it rewires the brain and connects us to our subconscious! Speaking of the subconscious, poetry is a great outlet for the emotional and mental bodies which can be intense sometimes for the dyslexic brain. Read more here.

KEY TO POETRY: No one should be “intimated” by poetry if you go from spoken, descriptive language to written, expressive-figurative language!! See image on the left (Francesca 7 years old)

How does poetry help along with with productivity?
  • phonological and phonemic awareness
  • expressive and receptive language
  • confidence and completion
  • vocabulary and grammar
  • emotional intelligence
  • ARAS connects us to our consciousness
  • speech and handwriting
  • creativity and imagery
  • visual-spacial skills and list-form thinking
  • social-emotional skills
  • creative writing and figurative language

Poetry Scope & Sequence Here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1H7QJKcm2XTyE-_JDZOdYRuRbhed3asQBPP039tAJFSA/edit?usp=sharing

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