What Might Your Child Have in Common with Famous People with Dyslexia
What does your child have in common with famous people with dyslexia like Einstein, Edison and Disney?
When one looks at the International Dyslexia Association Definition of Dyslexia, you will find:
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
This is an excellent definition if one hyperfocuses on a specific weakness, but we would counter with a slightly different definition:
– Dyslexia is difficulty comprehending what a person reads given the way the person is being taught”
Famous People with Dyslexia and Gifted Children with Dyslexia What Do They Have in Common?
We think the answer is far different than the generally accepted definition of dyslexia.
We have found most gifted students with dyslexia have
– Difficulty comprehending what he or she reads the way the student is being taught
– The students with dyslexia often learn best when the student sees and experiences information — this is the key trait the students share in common with famous people with dyslexia
– These students can often do far better if the students are taught to their strengths
– The students often have an array of other challenges that might include attention, eye-teaming and other related challenges that might include — working memory, processing speed, anxiety and frustration, etc.
What if Your Child Learns Differently
If your child learns differently, they may have difficulty:
– Understanding frequently used words — like what, where, but, if, etc.
– Recognizing words previously seen and not mastered
– Visualizing what he or she reads
If these are true, your child may need to learn how to understand the frequently used words, to recognize words he or she has seen and not mastered and to learn how to visualize what he or she reads.
Then the traditional dyslexia treatment will work
For more information visit the 3D Learner Dyslexia Page