Gifted with Dyslexia – Many Famous People Had These Challenges
Gifted with Dyslexia is often considered an oxymoron — until you realize that famous people who had or have dyslexia include Einstein, Edison, Disney, Schwab and Branson.
This article on Gifted with Dyslexia highlights the common view of Dyslexia in America, Britain and Australia
he Hon Bill Shorten received the report from the Dyslexia Working Party in January 2010. The report entitled ‘Helping people with dyslexia: a national action agenda’ stated that “There should be adoption at a national level of a working definition of dyslexia to allow shared language for productive discourse on the issue in Australia. Our proposed working definition, consistent with the definitions published by the British Dyslexia Association, the International Dyslexia Association/ National Institute of Child Health and Development, the International Reading Association, and the Rose Report on Dyslexia, is:
“Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability of neurological origin. It primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. It is frequently associated with difficulties in phonological processing. It occurs across the range of intellectual abilities with no distinct cut-off points. It is viewed as a lifelong disability that often does not respond as expected to best-practice evidence-based classroom methods for teaching reading.”
The student who cannot read, write or spell must trigger alarms for concerned parents and teachers. More concerning though, is the student who struggles despite an adequate IQ. The struggling student who has received the same teaching that has allowed fellow students to become literate. The capable, confident student who has a visible ability or skill in a non-reading, writing, spelling based task. The student who has phenomenal skills in technology, music, maths, art etc. is not the one we automatically check for dyslexia, yet like a duck they may be paddling furiously beneath the surface as they struggle to keep up in the torrent of requirements teachers put upon them.
3 Questions about Gifted with Dyslexia
1- What is your child’s present level of reading comprehension? Comprehension is often a problem for gifted students with dyslexia. Gifted Dyslexic students might have IQs in the top 1% but their comprehension may be at the 40th, 50th or 60th percentile. This might not qualify students for special education, but it does represent a huge opportunity
2- Does your gifted child with dyslexia learn differently. That is, does your child:
– Remember details from places visited, even from years ago?
– Remember details from movies even though your child may have missed the plot?
– Does your child learn best when he or she sees and experiences information?
These students are often called twice-exceptional — we call them GOLD Students (TM)– Gifted Operating with a Learning Difference
3- Would you like to know how to better understand your child and to understand how to help your child succeed with an approach based on their strengths?
GOLD Students learn differently and often have attention, eye-teaming and frustration challenges. Too often parents are told their GOLD Child does not need extra help. We know that most GOLD Students can do far better with help that plays to their strengths and identifies and addresses their challenges. Consider your options, and find a way to make the difference for your child.