My Elbert: Dyslexia & The Brain

Dyslexia And The Brain- Nickolas Interviewed On 10/13/2022 By Tricia Cook

Spoken & Illustrated by Nickolas and Typed by Tricia Cook

Nickolas drew the brain himself (see above and my notes)- he has a really good imagination and creativity. When asked about his drawing, he said something funny and logical which is another gift of dyslexia. He stated, ‘I just did whatever I could do and then it’s done.’ When I asked, ‘why did you choose pink for the color?’.  He said, ‘I choose pink because most brains I’ve seen are pink.’ I asked him, “Did you see the brain in your mind before you drew it?”. He didn’t answer, he said the ‘background was blue when actually it is white.’ Now, that’s incredible he is so gifted. See Below- I noticed him drawing as I was asking these questions above. I said, ‘what are you drawing?’ He says with much expression…it’s a “CaveMan Brain”! I asked, “tell me about it”? (Again, see pictures below and their descriptions). I asked him, knowing all his gifts and abilities, “which one is your brain?”. He said with confidence, “the CaveMan Brain”. I then inquired, “why?” And he stated, “because my imagination is 50% and most of the fun stuff I do is inside, like camping inside which I actually did last night.” I then asked, “tell me about the other 50%?”. He looked down and thought a bit. Finally, he said, “it is my logic”. I replied, “tell me more please?” He informed me about his logic by explaining…” I have been doing homework and other stuff, you know?”. I said, “I do know, and I love your brain”; then, I asked, “do you love your brain?”. He sang an awesome tune (which is rather entertaining like he is most of the time) and then said, “YES”!

#1 Aka. “Smooth Brain”

#2 Aka. “CaveMan Brain”

#3 Aka. “Big Brain”

#4 Aka. “Huge Brain”

Nickolas HIMSELF- Aka “Mineboycoder”

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Published by Tricia Cook, MEd., Online Dyslexia and Behavioral Interventionist, RSP, AA O-G Tutor & Montessorian

My interest is in helping parents and teachers to understand learning and behavioral challenges and to love learning again. I graduated from Auburn in ECE in 1998. I have been a Montessori teacher here in Birmingham for almost 12 years and have lived in Birmingham for the past 19 years. As an early childhood teacher, I want continue to grow and develop as a constant learner. In 2012, I graduated from Secondary Education with a P-12 Reading Specialist certification the University of Alabama. As a Reading Specialist, I train on diversity and literacy development; I have a specialized knowledge of assessment and diagnosis that is vital for developing, implementing, and evaluating your literacy and neurodiversity behavioral, character development programing. Also, I have varying experiences designing instruction and environments for Montessori and Non-Montessori (OSR-Pre-K) environments. Therefore, I can consult for any environment or setting! In 2013, I attained my highly qualified status in ECE and Reading. In 2013, I also got my Orton-Gillingham AA tutor certification. I currently tutor full-time along with consulting. I have actually been tutoring since 2003. Along with other independent tutoring/interventionist experiences, I have brought dozens of students from an emergent to an advanced reading level! In addition to tutoring, I have provided the reading strengths and needs of my students and share that information to classroom teachers, parents, specialized teachers, and other stakeholders.  Lastly, I have also been a trainer/presenter, since 2008 and really enjoy this aspect of my career. As an experienced trainer, I have trained on many topics including: literacy (the five components), classroom management, positive discipline, diversity character development, Montessori Philosophy, policies and procedures, child development, and Alabama's Pre-k. Take note: Schools and families are desperately looking for an alternative type of affordable multi-sensory, hands-on, and interesting instruction. Currently, I am training and interested in writing on the following topics: A Comparison of Pre-K to Kindergarten; Adolescent Literacy (7th+); Assessment; Developing Readers; Children’s Literature; Classroom Management Techniques; Comprehension; Montessori Philosophy; Environmental Print & Early Writing; Family Attachment; Language and Literacy; Outdoor Classroom; Poetry Writing (7th+); Positive Guidance; Fine-motor Development; Cursive Writing; Creative Writing; Comprehension: Study Skills/Test Taking Strategies; Morphology; Phonics Instruction; Diversity Education; Neurodiversity Education; HandWriting; Reading Strategies; Best Practices P-12. Thank you, Tricia Cook, MEd., RSP, AOG;

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