Rendall: Dyslexic Brains Are Different, Not Broken

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David Rendall says we may be too focused on “fixing weaknesses” in students. Instead, he says students might benefit more from the following philosophy: 

  • There is nothing wrong with you.  Weaknesses are important clues to your strengths.
  • You find success when you find the right fit.  You need to match your unique characteristics to situations that reward those qualities.
  • Your weaknesses make you different.  They make you a freak and it’s good to be a freak. (Freak: a person who is unique because of a natural positive obsession.)

Watch David Rendall explain why our efforts to eliminate weaknesses are often unsuccessful.

Rendall will deliver a keynote session entitled The Freak Factor: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness at the Wired Differently Conference in Atlanta.  His plenary session is entitled Funny for a Change: Using Humor to Create Serious Transformation.

Now in its 5th year, the Wired Differently Conference is an information-packed event that showcases a wide array of best practices for reaching and teaching students with emotional and behavioral challenges — especially in inclusive settings.  REGISTER NOW!


PRE-CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES – 6/21/17 – Register for a conference bundle!

Morning Sessions: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Brian Mendler, M.Ed. – Motivating & Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested & Disruptive Students
  • Rick Fernandez, Ed.D. – Hiring and Staffing for Success with Turnaround Schools
  • Rick Shaw – Active Shooter: Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook & Other Violent Incidents
  • Craig McCullough – Autism & Trauma Connections and Interactions – What Educators Need to Understand

Afternoon Sessions: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Larry Thompson, M.Ed. – Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline
  • Mike Paget, M.Ed. – Positive Behavioral Supports with Students Who Are Wired Differently
  • Brad Chapin, MS, LCP, LMLP – Self- Regulation Training: Framework for Success
  • Mike Shaw – Youth Risk-Taking Behavior: Shifting the Mindset

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