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Episode 70: Veteran soldier John Gordon shares how despite reading and writing challenges he was able to achieve his dream of being in the army.

He then tells us a bit about his adventures and why it was so important for him to write a book about it. "Anyone at school now that is suffering with dyslexia you can get past it. Don't let them bring you down. Some of the people who tried to bring me down are out there today doing nothing as a living and I've achieved something. And I would love other people in my position to do the same." -John Gordon To purchase John's book click here. Check out his Facebook page here.


Episode 69: 16 year old Siena Castellon shares her highs and lows as a neurodiverse teenager.

"I always found that after I got diagnosed with a learning difference it really helped for me to read up on it and really understand the difference." -Siena Castellon Check out Siena's website, Quantum Leap Mentoring here. Get more details about Neurodiversity Celebration Week here.


Episode 68: Author and educator Lois Letchford shares her son's journey from "the worse child I've seen in 20 years of teaching" to the University of Oxford.

"The first thing you have to do is believe the (dyslexic) child is teachable." -Lois Letchford Check out Lois’s website here. Her book is called Reversed.


Kweshtens & Kapes Episode 5: Why Dyslexia Is Our Superpower

Kweshten: Gibby elaborates on why she thinks dyslexics are superheros :-)


Episode 67: Educational consultant Enid Webb shares her personal story as well as knowledge and insights from years working in education.

"I believe that everyone has a beautiful hidden intelligence and we have to help them find it." -Enid Webb Check out Enid's website here.


Kweshtens & Kapes Episode 4: Why Dyslexia Is My Superpower

Kweshten: Sara asks Gibby why she believes dyslexia is her superpower. Listen to hear Gibby’s answer!


Episode 66: Actress Lauren McCrostie talks about creativity, performing, and the strengths her dyslexia offers and how she uses them in her acting.

"Dyslexia is not a problem. It's just a different way of being. Everybody is different." -Lauren McCrostie


Episode 65: Author Jason Cook shares how getting diagnosed with dyslexia while in prison helped him turn his life around.

"If I had gotten help before hand I probably wouldn't have ended up in prison, because I would have understand what I had (dyslexia)." -Jason Cook Check out Jason's website here.


Kweshtens & Kapes Episode 3: Embracing Accommodations

Kweshten: Ashley in Florida asks: My son is reluctant to use his accommodations. What can I do about this? Listen to hear Gibby’s answer!


Kweshtens & Kapes Episode 2: Parent guilt for not getting my child diagnosed sooner

Kweshten: Shelly in Texas asks: I have a lot of mom guilt for not getting my child diagnosed sooner. Is there anything I can do to make up for it? Listen to hear Gibby’s answer!


Kweshtens & Kapes Episode 1: Talking to your child about their dyslexia

Kweshten: Laura in Ireland asks: How do I talk about dyslexia to my child? Listen to hear Gibby's answer!


Episode 64: Ashley Roberts, parent advocate and mother of a dyslexic son shares her family's journey and the insights she's gained along the way.

"As a parent, trust your gut and know when something in your heart of hearts doesn't feel right." -Ashley Roberts Visit Ashley's blog here.


Episode 63: Sliding Doors Founder Krista Gauthier shares her insights as a parent of a dyslexic as well as how her family's personal experience led her to creating the non-profit aimed to help dyslexic kids excel.

"Reading as a measure of intelligence is a cultural phenomena. So this idea that there is something wrong with your child because they can't read is culturally dictated and nothing to do with their intelligence. So let go of that as a measure and think about all the strengths." -Krista Gauthier


Episode 61: Graduate student Rachael Best talks about the strategies and methods she's created in order to succeed in school with dyslexia.

"I think it really helps not being too serious about things. Being able to, in the moment especially while teaching if I forget a word or something happens just laugh it off. Like when you are talking and you're holding a white board marker and it goes flying across the room. Just laugh and move on. Don't forget we all are human and make mistakes and yes maybe you are maybe further along in your career or your life and have more experience, but that doesn't change the fact you are are still...


Episode 60: Journalist and dyslexic advocate, Cheri Rae chats about her adventures raising a dyslexic son and how that led her to writing a guide book for parents with dyslexic children.

"Reading doesn't equal being smart. We need to uncouple those two things." -Cheri Rae Cheri's book is called DyslexiaLand, A field guide for parents of children with Dyslexia. Click here to go to her website.


Episode 59: Author and actor Chris Hill shares challenges from his childhood as well as discusses his new book about a kangaroo with dyslexia.

"Sheer willpower can overcome anything." -Chris Hill Chris' book is called Ralphy and the Rang-E-Koos.


Episode 58: Rebecca Warner, co-founder of Decoding Dyslexia Virginia and creator of the pqbd Dyslexia Awareness Symbol shares the story behind its creation and the work the grassroots organization is doing.

The cycles a dyslexia parent goes through: "At first you are in the crying in your pillow phrase saying 'what the heck'? and then I call it the epiphany which is stage two where you are like 'wow Dyslexia'. And then the third bit is coffee where you talking to everybody and you are so excited. The last stage is you are just pissed. You are just like 'really?' Once you know this information, you know how to train people, it's evidence based, it's not shocking and we just simply need to do...


Episode 57: I chat with Dannielle Small, mother of Katie Small (from episode 53) who gives us a mother's perspective on raising a child with dyslexia.

"I feel fortunate having a dyslexic child. It's taught me patience. It's taught me perseverance. It's taught our daughter resilience and strategies on life. I see dyslexia now as a gift." -Dannielle Small


Episode 56: Yvette Blaess shares her thoughts on dyslexia as well as explains what she's doing to spread public awareness about what dyslexia is actually like.

"Dyslexia is not a stop sign. It's a road block. You can do it---it may just take a bit longer." -Yvette Blaess *And yes the beginning is meant to be that way! I decided not to edit out the mistakes I made. Here's why: I make dyslexic mistakes all the time. I say the wrong word or I almost stutter and can't come up with any word. There's nothing wrong with these moments and that's why I left the beginning of this episode unedited. My wish is for the world to recognize and understand what...