The Gift of Dyslexia

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Names Haillay

There is a common misconception that dyslexia is strictly a handicap. However experts know that it isn’t a dysfunction of the brain but a completely different kind of brain. And it has actual significant benefits.

For instance, it is theorised that about one out of 10 people are on the dyslexic scale but roughly one out of three self-made millionaires are dyslexic. A major contributor to this is that dyslexics have been clinically proven to be well above average in fields like creativity, big picture thinking, and free thinking innovation.

First of all, to understand how dyslexics think it is useful to understand how a dyslexic brain is physically wired. In layman’s terms: there is a series of synapses in your brain called ‘Minicolumns’. The spacing of these affects how well your brain works to make something you practice become second nature or “rote”. Difficult activities you practice, like driving or walking, become rote after a time and seem to require no effort. If one’s Minicolumns are close together then it’s easier for your brain to make these connections and thus make skills rote. If they’re further apart, the information has more room to move, hindering rote storage but opening up the information to connect with other parts of the brain and allowing broader use of knowledge and skills.

If the synapses are too far apart you are on the dyslexic side of the spectrum. Too close together and you are on the autistic side. Most people (Neurotypical) are somewhere in the middle. However a bias towards one side or another can offer its own advantages.

Reputable researchers have broken up dyslexic gifts into 4 categories called the M.I.N.D strengths:

[M]ultispatial – this includes special reasoning, navigation and visual thinking. So dyslexics with multispatial brains are good at tracking things through 3D space, making forms mentally, and driving.

[I]nterconnected – this includes pattern recognition, big picture thinking and noticing interconnections. “I” gifted dyslexics excel at interpersonal insights, analogies, and systems.

[N]arrative – “N” strengths include ability to communicate, tell stories, and learn more from experience. This aids in ability to convey information simply and clearly and store/retrieve information with stories rather than abstraction.

[D]dynamic – “D” strengths include things like coping with non-fixed or fluid information, goal orientation and using existing information to make assessments of the future. This aids in coping with rapidly changing and complex systems, environmental awareness, and recreating past events from present information.

The above is just a shortened, simplified list. Everyone’s experience of dyslexia is different and there is no universal measure for discerning what type of dyslexia one has. However if you show any signs of dyslexia, I suggest you think about honing your natural gifts that may have been in your mental peripheral, and which you may have assumed are “normal” or inconsequential.

Signs include:

Difficulty remembering names and faces.

Problems riding/learning to ride a bike

Knowing left from right.

Poor punctuality or perception of time.

Getting lost or loosing orientation easily.

Difficulty learning to tie your shoes.

Tone deafness or poor scene of rhythm.

Misusing or misunderstanding words.

It is common for people with dyslexia to feel frustrated and disillusioned in a world where literacy is incorrectly perceived to be the measure of ones intellect. But the advantages this condition offers can be honed and are valuable.

So DSYLEXCS UNTIE, because soon dyslexia will not be thought of as a disability, but as a gift.

(Why not take the test available on the dyslexicadvantage.com)

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