The Dyslexia Quest Podcast

Dr. Hazel Denhart is a one of the few dyslexia researchers in the world who actually has dyslexia, or at least admits it. Her groundbreaking work appears among the most frequently read articles of the Journal of Learning Disabilities and is incorporated into college texts around the world. She sees dyslexia as a healthy part of the human experience and vital to human intellectual advancement.

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Dr. Peter Gray is a professor at Boston College, author, psychologist and highly controversial learning theorist.

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Brian Kinghorn. Neurodiversity advocate. Ted X Speaker . Statistician

I love a conversation that manages to be philosophical, cynical and hopeful all at once. In this thought provoking jam session with TED speaker Brian Kinghorn we get into an in wonderful chat which touches upon topics that range from, the nature of pathology and disorder to how "neurodiversity" can become another form of discriminatory elitism ,while touching upon both Brian's personal journey and his vision for the future.

Favorite Quote:

"We see differences , yet the whole problem is when we say which one is the correct one, which one is the order or the disorder. Because... we try to establish that whatever the "typical" majority does is right, which is not necessarily right. Typical means majority, that's all it means, we need to abandon the value judgement"


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Lena Carawan and Blace Nalavany are both professors at East Carolina University. Lena and Blace are involved in inovative research on the adult experience of dyslexia. 


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Susan Barton is one of a handful of names which are automatically associated with Dyslexia education and advocacy. Susan dedication to "fighting the craziness, and educating teachers and parents about Dyslexia has landed Susan in the International Dyslexia Association's Hall of Honor, where a plaque with her name now hangs next to those for Dr. Orton, Anna Gillingham, Reid Lyon, Beth Slingerland and other internationally recognized authorities in the field of dyslexia. Cool, hu?

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Mark Leary is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Social Psychology Program at Duke University.

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Five-time martial arts World Champion Scott Sonnon, whose recent TEDx talk on learning disabilities has reached more than 50 million people, jamms with me about his new autobiography,  “A Mountain Stands: Confessions of a Suppressed Genius”.

Sonnon faced dyslexia so severe that he was hospitalized in a psychiatric institution for “disruptive classroom behavior", and yet went on to become a key note speaker at Mensa, teach in several universities , and crush it ( with a super guru following)  in the entrepreneurial space.

Scott has earned recognition as one of the Top 25 Trainers in the world by Men’s Fitness Magazine, “World's Smartest Workout” Coach by Men’s Health Magazine, and was named one of the most influential martial art teachers of the 21st century by Black Belt Magazine.

Basically Scott is badass, and here is how you can be too: Hint, get really, really uncomfortably, vulnerable, first with yourself, and then with others.

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Larry Banks Chair of Media Arts Department at LIU. Has worked with major badass brands such as Nike, Levi's and AT&T.  Larry is currently working on a documentary about Dyslexia called "Hidden Talents".


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Scott Sonnon is a dyslexic entrepreneur, martial art expert, fitness coach, and wellness speaker .Scott Sonnon was voted one of "The 6 Most Influential Martial Artists of the 21st Century" by Black Belt Magazine in 2010. As a dyslexic, institutionalized as a child, Scott Sonnon became a TED Fellow speaking on the nature of multiple learning styles being misdiagnosed as learning disabilities.

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David Shenk is the bestselling author of "The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told about Genetics, Talent, and IQ is Wrong." 

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Why are the Finnish schools so damn good, and the one psychological trait that can make you kinda badass too.

A new global league table, produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit for Pearson, has found Finland to be the best education system in the world!

For Emilia Elisabeth Lahti M.S.Sc., M.A.P.P, positive psychology researcher, that's no surprise. Lahti's research has identified the ONE psychological trait in Finnish culture which has contributed to it's astronomical success. Here I jam with Emilia as she defines the exact psychological trait of finnish success, and shares some insight on how we can incorporate some Finish stardom, sans skiing to work and a pet polar bear. Her research has captured the fascination of many, including writers from Scientific American, The Creativity Post and Business Insider.

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Jill is a co-founder of

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Despite getting "kicked out" from several universities  dyslexic filmmaker Harvey Hubbel went on to have won more than 50 film and video festival awards, including four Emmys. Harvey's latest film "Dislecksia: The Movie" acts as a poignant advocate for educational reform and dyslexia awareness.  Ch-check out more here :

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"Over four billion people worldwide will survive a trauma during their lives. Some will experience severe post-traumatic stress. Most will eventually recover and return to life as normal. But sometimes, survivors do more than bounce back. Sometimes they bounce forward.

These are the Supersurvivors—individuals who not only rebuild their lives, but also thrive and grow in ways never previously imagined. Beginning where resilience ends."

Lee Daniel Kravetz has a master's degree in counseling psychology and is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. His writing focuses on hope, survivorship, and stories of resilience. Kravetz has held positions at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System, The National Center for PTSD, and Stanford University Hospital. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, and has written for print and television, including The New York Times, Psychology Today, and The Huffington Post, as well as Frontline, NOVA, and Sesame Street. He is a resident of the San Francisco Writers Grotto and a founding board member of the LitCamp Writers Conference. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children. ( taken from amazon)

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Philip Schultz is a dyslexic Pulitzer Prize winning author, he also has a whole lot of other awards and fancy titles such as "Guggenheim Fellow". 

Schultz founded The Writers Studio . Today The Writers Studio features an online program on teaching literacy to Dyslexics, as well as workshops in New York City, San Francisco, Tucson, and Amsterdam, and a celebrated reading series in New York City.

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Sherri W. Fisher, MAPP, M.Ed is a founder of Flourishing Schools, Education Director of Learn & Flourish, creator of the POS-EDGE™ Model, and a private education management practitioner. Sherri studied at UPenn with Martin Seligman, founder of the Positive Psychology movement, and the late Christopher Peterson, a leader in Positive Psychology research and instruction, and author of the VIA Strengths Survey. Taken by millions of people, the VIA is the foundation of the SMART Strengths book which Sherri co-authored.

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Dan was called stupid by his third grade teacher, and then went on to do a heck of a lot of real smart things (writing for the New York Times, Wired, Atlantic and many others) and write a book on cognitive development "Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power".

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Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the American Institute for Learning and Human Development, and an award-winning author and speaker who has been an educator for the past forty years. Over one million copies of his books are in print on issues related to learning and human development. 

Here we Jam about one of Dr. Armstrong's latest books "Neurodiversity"

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 Scott Barry Kaufman: Ungifted

Scott Barry Kaufman is a cognitive psychologist. In his latest book, Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, he presents a new theory of human intelligence that he hopes will help all people realize their dreams.

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