How Mind Mapping Can Help With Dyslexia

Woman reading on the sofaFor 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.

 

What is dyslexia?

Distorted words on a page

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:

  • Short-term memory
  • Concentration
  • Sequencing information
  • Processing information quickly

What are Mind Maps?

Mind Map showing study skills

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:

  • Planning – From projects to essays
  • Organising – From shopping lists to daily to-do plans
  • Note Taking – From lecture notes to just capturing the next big idea you have
  • Studying – Mind Maps can be reviewed as a way to prepare for exams

What are the benefits of Mind Maps for dyslexic learning?

Mind Mapping appeals to many senses

Plain text versus Mind Map

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.

 

Mind Mapping improves concentration

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.

Mind Mapping breaks down information

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.

Mind Mapping gives ideas structure

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.

How does iMindMap help with dyslexia?

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:

  • Key words
  • Images
  • Curved branches
  • Colours

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:

  • Focus In and Out – which allows you to concentrate on one part of your Mind Map at a particular time without the visual distraction of the rest of your map.
  • Child Mind Maps – to expand your Map and link ideas together.
  • Audio Notes – to record yours and your groups’ voices and attach to to your Mind Map branches.
  • Change the colour of the background of your Map, to make reading it as easy as possible.
  • Text options – with a range of font, size and colour options, you can choose what suits your learning needs.

Used in the classroom or at home, iMindMap helps with dyslexia and encourages learning for both adults and children.

Interested in Mind Mapping? You can get a FREE trial of iMindMap, the only Mind Mapping software from Tony Buzan, the inventor of Mind Maps.

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