SuperDville presents... The SuperD! Show
Professor Boom and the Dyslexic Brain
The SuperD! kids get a flash drive delivery from Pepper the Pigeon. On the flash drive is a video from a SuperD! Show viewer who explains that sometimes she feels dumb and wishes she could think like a “non-dyslexic.” The kids introduce us to Professor Boom, a “mad” scientist, who explores the differences between a dyslexic and non-dyslexic brain. He helps us see that there are many similarities between the two but that they just approach problem-solving differently. The kids remind viewers that to think differently is to think smart!
Out of the Icebox Cooking Show
Jordan competes in a cooking show against a strong competitor. They are both given a recipe, which her competitor follows to a T. Since Jordan has a hard time reading the recipe, she decides to follow her creative instincts, works at her own pace, and does a great job! The SuperD! kids reaffirm relying on your own strengths.
Lost in the Park
The SuperD! kids realize Ari is missing as they are picking teams for their wiffle ball game in the park. Ari realizes that he forgot all about the game, and getting there ends up being harder than he thought. He has trouble reading a map, and telling the difference between his left from his right. Luckily, he’s visited by a whimsical older man who gives him a creative and fun new strategy to find the wiffle ball field. Ari realizes that if you can’t do something the “typical way,” there’s always an alternative!
Professor Boom’s Brain Machine
Some of the SuperD! kids get a flash drive delivery from Pepper the Pigeon, with a message from a viewer who asks why comic books are easier to read than regular books. Professor Boom, with his trusty side-kick Hudson, help answer this question. They discover that the right brain, with its visual imagery, can help the left brain process the words on the page better. They remind us that everyone reads at a unique pace and that letting our right brain help out is a great strategy!
The Confidence Hat
Ari tells Dylan a story about how his friend Jace was bullied but how he found confidence through a special friend. After Jace is bullied about his learning differences at school, Pinkie, his guardian elf appears in his locker to present him with a special confidence hat. The next time Jace is approached by bullies, he is able to confidently stand up for himself, and he even shows them one of his special skills. He learns that confidence lies within.
Suzie Sings & Jack Horner
Talk show host Suzie Sing interviews a real-life paleontologist Jack Horner (played by a SuperD! Cast member), who is dyslexic. Mr. Horner was a consultant on the movie Jurassic Park. Jack and Suzie sing about the seven dinosaur species. They also talk about using singing as a mnemonic strategy for memorizing important information, and about the possibility for a “chickenosaurus!”
Kaia has anxiety around homework. Her SuperD! Show friends talk about different ways they handle their stress. They agree that avoiding it isn’t the best idea, and show some other options like yoga poses, meditation, and exercise as alternatives. They remind us that we can use any of these strategies in our own way.
Ari has been procrastinating doing his homework and is stressed about it. Hudson is fast asleep because he stayed up until midnight doing his homework. The SuperD! Show kids decide life would be easier if they didn’t have dyslexia or ADHD. But, when they think deeply about what life would look like, they realize it would be pretty boring. They all agree that their respective learning strategies, even if they take longer, help them absorb information better. Ari even realizes how many creative and interesting projects he gets done when he’s procrastinating!
Never Give Up
Jace is down on himself for getting a 5/10 on a spelling test. But, his SuperD! friends remind him to never give up. Jordan tells a story about the best advice a teacher ever gave her: “the only things you can fail at are the things you give up on.” Jace feels better, and realizes that with a little perseverance he’ll get better at spelling!
Dylan’s homework machine has a few glitches, so along with some of her SuperD! Show friends, she watches an episode of “Pig Pen” (based on the show Shark Tank) to learn about what kinds of inventions thrive. Inventions like test-taking glasses, smarty pants, and even a basketball-themed mug that you can throw marshmallows into make an appearance. Dylan realizes that if she keeps trying (like Thomas Edison), she can be a great inventor!
Suzie Sings and Daymond John
Some of the SuperD! kids encourage Charlie to open her own clothing line by showing her an episode of a “Suzie Sings” talk show they recently saw. Suzie interviews Daymond John of Shark Tank fame (played by a SuperD! Cast member) who started a successful clothing line by having musicians wear his designs. Daymond does a rap about his dyslexia to remind us that no matter how we learn, we’re all capable of big things.
Ayanna tells her SuperD! friends that she’s having a problem at school. She goes to the Resource Room during class and doesn’t know what to tell the other kids when they ask where she’s been. Her friends tell her the best thing to do is to tell the truth. They show her all the fun ways they talk about the Resource Room and explain how it can be a great place to get help and build useful strategies.