Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat

Kate Griggs - How Every Child Can Be Prepared to Thrive and the Brilliance of Dyslexic Thinking

March 12, 2022 Mo Gawdat and Kate Griggs Episode 184
Slo Mo: A Podcast with Mo Gawdat
Kate Griggs - How Every Child Can Be Prepared to Thrive and the Brilliance of Dyslexic Thinking
Show Notes

Chances are, you know someone who has dyslexia, and they likely speak about it as a drawback. In the trail of the work of today's guest, the script is being rewritten on this long misunderstood way of thinking to showcase what it dyslexia really is: a form of brilliance.

One in five people are dyslexic. Since 2005, Kate Griggs, who is dyslexic herself, has been leading the charge to disrupt the world’s thinking about dyslexia. She was shocked by the way her son’s dyslexia was ignored at school, and her high-profile campaign for change culminated in the UK government’s Dyslexia Review. In 2017, she founded the global charity Made By Dyslexia to help the world understand, value and support dyslexia. Her first children’s book Xtraordinary People was published in 2020 and her latest book for adults, This is Dyslexia, is out now. With the support of celebs like Richard Branson, Keira Knightley & HRH Princess Beatrice, her work has been nothing short of revelatory and a source of hope for so many.

Listen as we discuss:

  • I forgot to record the first 25 minutes of this conversation, so we did it again.
  • How Kate's experience at school went from horrible to brilliant thanks to an interview.
  • Modern technology is replacing the need to do many things that dyslexics struggle with.
  • The many strengths of dyslexics and why they are actively recruited as spies.
  • How the modern education system hasn't evolved past the Industrial Revolution.
  • Research shows the skills needed for the future are a direct match with dyslexic skills.
  • The formula for success is to do what you're good at and delegate what you're not.
  • I, Mo, might be dyslexic (and already feel proud!)
  • How Kate's son Ted (and a heartbreaking moment) motivated her amazing crusade.
  • What is the future for dyslexic children?
  • The best advice: Find your child's strengths and support them.

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