Dyslexia, Memory and Dinner Plates

And which wine glass is mine?

Last week after my keynote presentation, a young couple with their 7 or 8 year old daughter came up to me and asked if there was a ‘memory trick’ that would help their daughter, they said she was dyslexic and kept mixing up the letters ‘b’ and ‘d’.

Although I’ve been asked many times if I was in fact dyslexic, because of the backwards upside down writing demonstration I give, (see demo video) this was the first time I was asked this question about someone else.

I asked the young girl to touch her forefingers and thumbs together in the universal ‘OK’ sign, as above. I told her that she had just made both the ‘b’ and the ‘d’ letters with her hands.  I then asked her what comes first, ‘b’reakfast or ‘d’inner? She immediately said breakfast.  I then asked her which hand is first, she held up her left.  I told her, there’s your ‘b’, and dinner is later, so there’s your ‘d’, and I held up her right.

I have no idea if this will help with her dyslexia, and I asked her parents to let me know. I have a feeling it might, because as they walked away the young girl turned back at me with a huge smile, held up her right hand and gave me the OK sign.


By the way, you can also use this if you’re sat at a tightly packed dinner table full of glasses and plates, and you’re not sure which is your bread plate or which is your wine and/or water glass. Hold your hands the same way, and the ‘b’ stands for bread, and the ‘d’ stands for drink, so the small plate to your left is the bread plate, and the glasses to your right are your ‘drink’ glasses.


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