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Gifted Thinking and Dyslexia

07 September 1999

On Wednesday 15 September 1999, there will be a talk at the Drum Lecture Theatre, Old Sessions House, of Canterbury Christ Church University College by Thomas West, author of "In The Mind's Eye".

The talk, "Visualization Technologies: Transforming Education" will examine aspects of Thomas West's book about visual thinkers, gifted people with learning difficulties, computer linkages and the ironies of creativity.

Thomas West's book is said to make him 20 years ahead of current educational thinking. He believes that education is in the hands of people who possess traditional skills and who assume that the educational needs of all children are similar. West suggests that gifted thinkers, many of whom are dyslexic, posses a brain organisation which is significantly different, and that their needs are not being adequately met.

The talk is jointly promoted with the Arts Dyslexia Trust. The Trust is concerned that education in this century has focused on what is normal and is pushing children towards those norms. As a result, children with high degrees of individual difference including many forms of giftedness go undetected.

The talk will be especially of interest to teachers and parents and anyone with an interest in dyslexia.

To reserve a place contact Bonnie Mount on 01227 782395 or e-mail Tickets for the talk cost £5.

Editor’s note

Penny Kimber, Director of External Relations, Canterbury Christ Church University College, tel: 01227 782823 Fax: 01227 786773 Email:

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