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Back To The Sky: How To Fly With Dyslexia

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This book is based on 'the Dog and Duck' theory. The duck represents dyslexic thinking and the dog represents the kind of thinker that best suits the education system. This book shares the lessons learnt and wisdom gained from living as a duck in a dog's world. This is a bird's eye view or should I say a duck's eye view of the world of dyslexia, helping dyslexics, and people wanting to help them, see this view. From up here you will find a fresh outlook that will create clarity and understanding on those aspects of dyslexia that can be hard to define. Emma has a lifetime's experience of being dyslexic and 13 years experience of working with dyslexic students. Her aim is to help them discover, appreciate and work harmoniously with their flexible minds. This book draws on her personal and professional experience and it has one aim, to get the waddling duck back into the sky. Regardless of whether you are dyslexic or not, if you felt like a duck waddling along in a race designed for dogs, then this is the book for you.

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With Back to the Sky, Emma Elliot has written for us a most wondrous and delightful book. Coming out of her own personal struggles, it is part comic whimsy, part fantasy, part common sense instruction and part Zen meditation. The book draws on a deep reservoir of talent and understanding. Dyslexics and non-dyslexics alike will gain new insight from Emma s learning to fly. --Thomas G. West, author of In the Mind s Eye and Thinking Like Einstein

Integrity is a rare jewel in our contemporary world. Surrounded as we are by false claims and misleading information, whether fuelled by commercial, political, and other powerful group pressures, or individual personal prejudice, it is often difficult to see who or where we are and to find a clear way forward through the noise of our daily lives. Against that background this book shines out like a small diamond on the bed of a muddy pebble-strewn stream. Hopefully, it will light candles and point out a new path for many people, not only the dyslexics indicated in the title who will at once be fired by its vision. It covers an area that has suffered much misrepresentation - with controversy and ill-informed views getting, perhaps, too much publicity, Emma s insight cuts through all the convoluted fluff and nonsense which the poor abused word dyslexia has collected on its travels over the last few decades, and goes straight to the heart of the subject. She truly speaks her truth, describing directly from her own experience what it is like to be a person who sees in a world where that ability goes unrecognised, undervalued, misunderstood; with only its defects being noticed and condemned. She does not dwell on the pain and grief of early years of humiliation. On the contrary, she has defused those memories and she affirms with joy the discovery of her true self and her home in the natural world. Her vision is conveyed with simplicity, humour and enthusiasm. It is a vision that other people can follow with equal delight. --Susan Parkinson ARCA, one of the founders of the Arts Dyslexia Trust (ADT), A former teacher at one of the first schools for dyslexics: Brickwall

This book is an absolute joy - you can read it, learn from it, perform it and celebrate the triumph of finding and loving yourself and others. 'Back to the Sky' was written as a loving encouragement to dyslexic ways of being and thinking. I hope it isn't just offer to readers diagnosed with dyslexia - we all need this book for most of us have felt we didn't fit into conventional modes at some time in our lives. And many more recognise that we look at life from the 'duck s' prospective whether full-time or part-time. 'Back to the Sky' will inspire all who read it with an open heart and mind to be themselves - to fly free and unfettered through life. It will have universal appeal to all ages - lessons can be learnt from it without study, just by taking from it what each person is ready for. 'Back to the Sky' honours the spirit within and all it is capable of. It has a rhythm, which uplift and transformed the daily grind of problems into adventure. This is a self-development book which guides by facing reality fair and square, reintroducing us to the inner wisdom with a sense of hope and fun, alongside the practical help which the author used to triumph over her own adversities. Get a copy for yourself, your children, your parents and your friends - give them all an opportunity to go Back to the Sky --Christy Casley, Senior Tutor and Accreditation Officer SRMHC

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Emma is a performing poet, storyteller, fable writer, professional speaker and a writer of self-development books. She is also a teacher and therapist. She describes herself as being flexible and creative thinker and believes that she thinks in this way because she's dyslexic. Even so, her natural thinking lay dormant for many years. Looking back on her life, she realises that she had ignored her natural way thinking and had tried to think in a way that best suited the classroom environment. Profoundly dyslexic she fought her way through education so that she could succeed. She got her pieces of paper but lost herself in the process. It took a long journey of discovery before she understood what went so very wrong. Eventually she found the truth. It was quite simple: she was a duck attending a school for dogs. Her wing feathers had been clipped so that she learn to run like them. All her frustration and confusion was not due to being dyslexic, but because she was a duck trying to be a dog. Her quest in finding her own potential has taken her into many forms of training that she now uses to help others find their potential too. Her background was in computer technology. Anything that made her life easier through using it, she learnt, used and taught. She is now a yoga and relaxation teacher, a 'learn to learn' specialist, a spiritual knowledge and philosophy teacher and a developing progressive councillor. She also has 5 years of teaching experience where she has helped dyslexic students embrace and work more harmoniously with their minds. Emma Strongly believes that life is an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to appreciate all of life. Her aim is to inspire, uplift and enlighten so that others may find their true self.

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