Doc Meek has passed away

We are sorry to report that Dr. J. Collins “Doc” Meek passed away on May 7, 2024, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He will be missed.

Doc Meek’s funeral was held on May 25, 2024 in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. His obituary can be found here.

Doc Meek was very proud of his recently published book, What If You Are Smarter Than You Think?: 27 Ways To Outwit Learning Difficulties, which can be purchased from Amazon:

Amazon USA
Amazon Canada

6 Types of Dyslexia

My colleague Bonnie Terry sent me this valuable information: 

Bonnie Terry Learning’s Wonderful Weekly Tip
Hi Doc!
It is National Dyslexia Awareness Month, so this week’s tip is about the 6 types of dyslexia. Dyslexia impacts 1 in every 5 people.

30+ years of documented, scientific evidence and research show that dyslexia affects 20% of the population. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability as well as the most common of all neurocognitive disorders. There are 6 different specific types of dyslexia. It is helpful to understand how people with dyslexia struggle with reading. If your student struggles with dyslexia it is helpful to know which type of dyslexia they have so that you may adjust and customize a learning plan accordingly.

6 Types of Dyslexia
Phonological Dyslexia
Rapid Naming Dyslexia
Surface Dyslexia
Visual Dyslexia
Double Deficit Dyslexia
Deep Dyslexia (Acquired Dyslexia)

Continue to the dyslexia page to learn about how each of these types of dyslexia are different.

Go to the Dyslexia Page

My book published (finally!) – Doc Meek

My book published (finally!)
Title of my Learning Difficulties book on
What if you are smarter than you think?: 27 ways to outwit Learning Difficulties
By J. Collins Meek, Learning Specialist author

Ordering Links:
Amazon USA
Amazon Canada

P.S. My Learning Difficulties book might make a good gift for a loved one?


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Success in Spellling

Bonnie Terry Learning’s
Wonderful Weekly Tip

Hi Doc!
This week’s tip is about what causes problems with spelling.

Many children and even adults have problems with spelling.

Spell check can often only get you so far.

Sometimes spell check cannot even tell what word you are trying to spell.

You may have even written a word that is a word but not the word you intended to write.

Poor spelling abilities can lead to a lack of confidence and poor performance at school.

Spelling and reading are interconnected, so one step in improving reading skills is to improve your spelling skills.

This is the reason why we include spelling instruction in our reading and spelling program. We teach spelling through spelling patterns.

So what are the primary areas of auditory and visual processing that affect spelling problems?

Head over to Bonnie Terry’s blog post to learn more.

Misuse of words

The medical use of a sequence of words to describe the progression of a brand-new unique human being from conception to birth is useful. Thus we can read or speak of the progression from zygote to embryo to fetus to newborn human being. This use of words is also generally “neutral” and “innocent,” in that it is generally meant to merely be descriptive of the anatomical development of the new human being.

But the misuse of these descriptive words can also be “deceitful” and even “malevolent.”

For example, a well-known medical doctor who was making a lot of money practicing abortion [medically destroying brand-new unique human beings] said [referring to the early development of the brand-new unique human being]:

“A pile of bricks does not a fireplace make.”

This highly-educated medical doctor knew his assertion was/is an abhorrent misuse of words, a blatant lie. Correcting his blatantly dishonest analogy is a must:

“The newly-formed unique human being is [analogically-speaking] a perfectly-formed miniature fireplace and [if not destroyed] will grow into a fully-functioning fireplace which is capable of warming good hearts everywhere.”

It is vitally important here for me [a man] to say this:

“Since I do not have a womb, I cannot in any way judge any woman [who is lied to in this way]. It is impossible for me to feel how onerous is the 9-month-long-task of creating a magnificent new human being for planet earth.”

Furthermore, I cannot in any way judge any woman who is told the truth either.

It is not my calling to render judgment, but to render compassion.

James Collins (“Doc”) Meek, PhD

“What motivates your child?” – Bonnie Terry

Dear Reader,

Bonnie Terry is a learning expert you want to know. Head over to her website and be inspired:


Kind regards,
Doc Meek, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
August 19, 2021

“Tyranny of Words” – Stuart Chase

Dear Reader,

I have been very interested in words since I was a very young child. One of my all-time favorite books on word usage is Korzybski’s “Science and Sanity.”

I was asked to comment on another book:

Stuart Chase’s “The Tyranny of Words.” Maybe this is because I have tended to write and speak of the positive power of words, not the negative power of words.

I remember reading in the Bible:

“Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing…. these things ought not to be so” (James 3:10).



Doc Meek, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, June 2, 2021

“Pen mightier than sword.” – Bulwer-Lytton

The pen is mightier than the sword – Wikipedia › wiki › The_pen_is_mightier_…
“The pen is mightier than the sword” is a metonymic adage, penned by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, indicating that communication (particularly written language), or in some interpretations, administrative power or advocacy of an independent press, is a more effective tool than direct violence.

  • Doc Meek, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, April 28, 2021

Do Hard Things Easier

Want to find ways to make it easier to do hard things?
Learning expert Pat Wyman shows you how!


Doc Meek, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada