Dyslexia and Gifted With a Learning Difference
Scott Sonnon, in this excellent TedTalk on Dyslexia describes how he was first diagnosed as having dyslexia, then as disruptive and later as Gifted, with a Learning Difference.
Dyslexia and Gifted should not surprise anyone — Einstein, Edison, Disney, Schwab and Branson could be described as having the combination of Dyslexia and Gifted. They were or are right-brain learners, who learn best when he or she sees and experiences information. People who are dyslexia and gifted make up an interesting set of people:
– Many famous people could be labeled with dyslexia and gifted traits — although they had many weaknesses. Their primary strength was being a right-brain learner who could visualize things that did not yet exist, but they also had the persistence to make it happen.
– Many of our most successful students could be labeled with dyslexia and gifted traits.
– Many people prison could be labeled with dyslexia and gifted traits.
What is it about Scott Sonnon in this TedTalk and other people with dyslexia and gifted traits that allows them to be so successful, while others with similar traits wind up in jail.
Make the difference parents is one key difference. Many prisoners have good parents, but to help a person like Scott who was labeled as dyslexic and disruptive it takes parents who can make the difference.
Lacking make the difference parents, it takes a champion or champions who recognize the gifts and harness the incredible talents that people with dyslexia and gifted traits have.
As a country, the United States has chosen to turn their backs on students who have dyslexia and gifted traits. Rather than use what is called the discrepancy model, where students with huge discrepancies between their potential and their performance, get extra help, the country has chosen to not offer these students extra help.
We are playing with high potential students, who could win Nobel Prizes, Olympic Medals or just be amazingly successful, or they could be disruptive, drop out of school and even wind up in prison.
We must change this.
Others may label these students as 2E or Twice Exceptional Students
We call these students Gifted Operating with a Learning Difference — or GOLD Students (TM).
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