Dyslexia literally means ‘trouble with words’. It is a term used to describe difficulties with reading, writing, spelling and mathematical symbols. It has now been sub-sectioned into many different labels such as dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, visual-spatial learners, central auditory processing disorder, visual processing disorder, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, processing disorders, and so on. Although these labels are usually regarded as separate from one another, the underlying symptoms can result from the same thing: “disorientation”.
Disorientation is at the root of most learning difficulties. Dyslexia is not a “disease” which needs a cure. It is a product of thought or perception (a different way of thinking), and results in a special way of reacting to confusion. This perceptual thinking works very well in the 3d world…But leads to confusion in the 2d world of symbols and print. Perception however, can be corrected.
When teaching reading, a phonetic method is often used. Dyslexics, however, are less likely to think with the sounds or shapes of words. They are more likely to think with pictures or mental images in a creative and multi-dimensional way that benefits from hands-on learning. When confused, someone with dyslexia will become disoriented, and thought is perceived as reality. Dyslexics are able to see, hear, feel and sense what they imagine as though it is real.
This is why they may skip, substitute, transpose or make up words, become easily distracted, or flip letters around. When equipped with the right tools, people with dyslexia can automatically control and correct their perceptions and avoid the disabling aspects, allowing their gifts or talents to shine through.
The ability to see mental images from many perspectives is actually a natural talent.
However, in the wrong environment, such as in certain school or work settings, it can become a liability.
This talent is an asset for various activities and can improve or enhance a person’s performance in: • Music/dancing • ’Reading’ people • Mechanical arts • Strategic planning • Inventing • Drama/role-playing • Designing • Manual skills • Art • Building • Sports • Engineering • Storytelling • Writing
You can find people with dyslexia in every field and from all walks of life. They are artists, athletes, designers, inventors,scientists, entertainers, architects, entrepreneurs, business people.
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