Dyslexia Coach of N.J., LLC

Jennifer K. Slaight

Certified Dyslexia Specialist
Monmouth County, N.J.
Bergen County, Somerset County, Ocean County, Middlesex County

Private tutors for children & adults

JenSlaight@gmail.com
(732) 882.9695
Best Reading tutor in NJ 

Famous Dyslexics
what they remember about school

I have been fortunate to cross paths with many on this list.  Just like my students, they are all uniquely brilliant.  I always say that I can not help those with true special needs.  I wish I could, but I specialize in brilliance!  If you are a student of mine...the sky is the limit!

Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Slaight have dyslexia

Jennifer Aniston discovered she was dyslexic as an adult.  Being identified as dyslexic helped Jennifer understand that her struggles with reading had nothing to do with her intelligence or potential.

 

Bruce Springsteen Rumson NJ Dyslexia JenniferSlaight

Any Mrs. Doubtfire fans? You will like this..or at least read it! LOL! I asked Lisa Jakub who starred in the movie, about reading (she is a retired actor and an amazing writer): 

"Jen...My first boyfriend was severely dyslexic so I know a little about that struggle - but I can't even begin to understand how that would effect my whole life. I can unequivocally say that I would not be who I am without books. They were my constant companions and provided a safe, happy place for me whenever life felt chaotic. I'm so impressed that you now teach kids how to read. That's truly amazing." ~Lisa

Starring Robin Williams who is dyslexic!

Robin Williams success with dyslexia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYyNDWjIivo


As a child, I was called stupid and lazy. On the SAT I got 159 out of 800 in math. My parents had no idea that I had a learning disability.

~Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

"There's more than one way to Rome.  There is more than one way to solve a problem.  Ultimately, just because you learn differently doesn't mean there isn't greatness in you."

~Henry Winkler, actor
LA Times 2005

 

Henry's message to young students:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zvom150zdY&app=desktop
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Zvom150zdY&app=desktop

http://youtu.be/0Zvom150zdY


Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Jennifer is a supporter of the
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. 

Barbar Bush Foundation Christmas Card 2012

"We believe that if every man, woman, and child could read, write and comprehend, we would be so much closer to solving many of our country’s problems. The abilities to read, write and think give parents and their children the knowledge and confidence to succeed and to truly change the world around them."

At Dyslexia Coach of NJ, our goal is to give every student a chance to live their version of the American Dream.


I hated school . . . . One of the reasons was a learning disability, dyslexia, which no one understood at the time. I still can't spell . 
~Loretta Young


I was one of the 'puzzle children' myself -- a dyslexic . . . And I still have a hard time reading today. Accept the fact that you have a problem. Refuse to feel sorry for yourself. You have a challenge; never quit!
~Nelson Rockefeller


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I never read in school. I got really bad grades--D's and F's and C's in some classes, and A's and B's in other classes. In the second week of the 11th grade, I just quit. When I was in school, it was really difficult. Almost everything I learned, I had to learn by listening. My report cards always said that I was not living up to my potential.
~Cher


 Dom Deluise Dyslexia
I had problems learning to spell, and my sister didn’t. She was very, very good about that. And to this day, I will call her long distance ...and she’ll spell something for me. I have written two cookbooks and I’ve written 9 children’s books, but I still call her up and ask her for some help with the position of letters and words. But a lot of famous people, who have accomplished a great deal, are also dyslexic so it’s all right.

~Dom DeLuise


When I had dyslexia, they didn't diagnose it as that. It was frustrating and embarrassing. I could tell you a lot of horror stories about what you feel like on the inside.
~Nolan Ryan


Having made a strenuous effort to understand the symbols he could make nothing of, he wept giant tears . . . 
~Caroline Commanville, on her uncle, 
Gustave Flaubert


I was, on the whole, considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at the beginning of the race.
~Winston Churchill


He told me that his teachers reported that . . . he was mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.
~Hans Albert Einstein, on his father, 
Albert Einstein



I, myself, was always recognized . . . as the "slow one" in the family. It was quite true, and I knew it and accepted it. Writing and spelling were always terribly difficult for me. My letters were without originality. 
I was . . . an extraordinarily bad speller and have remained so until this day.
~Agatha Christie


My teachers say I'm addled . . . my father thought I was stupid, and I almost decided I must be a dunce.
~Thomas Edison


My father was an angry and impatient teacher and flung the reading book at my head.
~W.B. Yeats



Harrison Ford on dyslexia

Actor, Harrison Ford was a lackluster student at Maine Township High School East in Park Ridge Illinois.  He never got above a C average.

Dyslexia didn't hamper his future success which includes film and aviation.


Willie was sent to lessons in spelling and grammar, but he never learned to spell. To the end of his life he produced highly idiosyncratic versions of words.
~Biographer A. Norman Jeffares on 
William Butler Yeats


I grew up in a school system . . . where nobody understood the meaning of learning disorder. In the West Indies, I was constantly being physically abused because the whipping of students was permitted.
~Harry Belafonte


Since I was the stupidest kid in my class, it never occurred to me to try and be perfect, so I've always been happy as a writer just to entertain myself. That's an easier place to start.
~Stephen J. Cannell, 
screenwriter, producer, & director


I had to train myself to focus my attention. I became very visual and learned how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read.
~Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise had dyslexia 

Cruise says he was diagnosed as dyslexic at seven, and tried to hide his learning disability from the other children at school.

He has described his younger self as "a functional illiterate", through high school and his first several films. Explaining how such a functionally illiterate man can possibly make a good impression at auditions, Cruise says, "I'd get the director and producer to talk about the characters and the film. I'd glean information from them and I'd use that... I got pretty good at ad-libbing".


You should prefer a good scientist without literary abilities than a literate one without scientific skills.
~Leonardo da Vinci


Kids made fun of me because I was dark skinned, had a wide nose and was dyslexic. Even as an actor, it took me a long time to realize why words and letters got jumbled in my mind and came out differently.
~Danny Glover, 
actor


I barely made it through school. I read real slow. But I like to find things that nobody else has found, like a dinosaur egg that has an embryo inside. Well, there are 36 of them in the world, and I found 35.
~Dr. John R. Horner, 
American paleontologist


Several American Presidents had dyslexia including  John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert.  George Bush and George W. Bush have dyslexia.  It is also believed that George Washington also had dyslexia.

Another example of how dyslexia run in families.  It's actually a dominant trait.


I am, myself, a very poor visualizer and find that I can seldom call to mind even a single letter of the alphabet in purely retinal terms. I must trace the letter by running my mental eye over its contour in order that the image of it shall leave any distinctness at all.
~William James, 
psychologist and philosopher


I just barely got through school. The problem was a learning disability, at a time when there was nowhere to get help.
~Bruce Jenner, 
Olympic gold medalist


The looks, the stares, the giggles . . . I wanted to show everybody that I could do better and also that I could read.
~Magic Johnson


Young George . . . although he was bright and intelligent and bursting with energy, he was unable to read and write. Patton's wife corrected his spelling, his punctuation, and his grammar.
~Biographer Martin Blumenson on 
General George Patton


I couldn't read. I just scraped by. My solution back then was to read classic comic books because I could figure them out from the context of the pictures. Now I listen to books on tape.
~Charles Schwabb


My problem was reading very slowly. My parents said "Take as long as you need. As long as you're going to read, just keep at it." We didn't know about learning disabilities back then.
~Roger Wilkins, 
Head of the Pulitzer Prize Board


Once voted "Funniest Man Alive" by Entertainment Weekly (1997), Robin Williams was also voted
"Least Likely to Succeed" by his classmates at Redwood High School in Larkspur, California.

Robin Williams success with dyslexia

We must avoid accusations, blame, and labels. 
It's time to debunk the myths regarding dyslexia and embrace it's many attributes

Video: Steven Spielberg


 

Fun Fact:

The right hemisphere of the brain is actually 10% bigger than a 
non-dyslexic person


Coach Ryan:
NY Jets

Rex Ryan Diagnosed with Dyslexia in his 40's

"All my life I struggled," he said. "I read, but I probably don't read as fast as other people, even though I read all the time now. I struggle with names sometimes, how to pronounce names, or how to read names.

"I remember skipping school when I was a kid all the time. . . . I was embarrassed. How come I was struggling? I'd get a spelling test and it was ridiculous. I couldn't even get in the ballpark. So that was really frustrating."

~Rex Ryan



 

People with dyslexia often have 
significant strengths
 
in areas controlled by the right-side of the brain, such as:
Artistic, athletic, and mechanical gifts; 
3-D visualization ability; musical talent; creative problem solving skills; and intuitive people skills.

In addition to unique brain architecture, people with dyslexia have unusual "wiring". Neurons are found in unusual places in the brain, and are not as neatly ordered as in 
non-dyslexic brains.

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