For many years, people who have dyslexia have found Mind Mapping to be a simple and highly effective way to help improve aspects of their everyday lives. In this article we will look at the reasons behind this and how you can use Mind Mapping to help with dyslexia – how you learn, view and organise information.
Dyslexia is a learning difference, a combination of strengths and weaknesses which affects reading, spelling, writing and sometimes numeracy. Dyslexic learners may also encounter problems with the following:
Mind Maps are visual maps of connecting thoughts, which span out in a radial way from one central idea. A Mind Map uses only keywords to prompt memory and association, and encourages the use of colour and imagery. They can provide dyslexic people with a better way to organise and assimilate information. People all around the world use Mind Maps for:
Mind Mapping helps with dyslexia as it makes use of images, colour, shape, size and symbols to map out information in a way that is easier to comprehend. In the image below we show a comparison between plain text and a Mind Map, and it’s clear to any learner that a Mind Map is far easier to read and understand.
Many dyslexic people can become distracted when trying to get ideas down on the page. However, when you draw a Mind Map you are constantly seeing what you have already done, whilst working on a new idea. This decreases the possibility of losing your train of thought as you are automatically reviewing the rest of your Map.
Using Mind Maps can also help with dyslexia by breaking down large pieces of information into easy-to-read bite-sized chunks. Rather than ugly, difficult, dense text, Mind Mapping allows dyslexic learners to break down complex problems into simple, visual objects that anyone can use.
Another huge benefit of using Mind Maps to help dyslexia is that they provide structure to your thoughts.When planning an essay, the ideas in the Mind Map can be transferred into a linear form (with the click of a button in iMindMap software) which creates the structure, paragraphs and images for your essay easily.
Learning with Mind Maps has become even more accessible to dyslexic people and visual learners with iMindMap, Mind Mapping software from Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Maps. iMindMap remains faithful to the visual learning principles of Mind Mapping:
Easy-to-use and with a range of features and tools for visual and collaborative learning, iMindMap includes focus applications for concentration and a range of creative resources. Our dyslexic and visual learner users particularly love:
Used in the classroom or at home, iMindMap helps with dyslexia and encourages learning for both adults and children.