Throughout 2019 I am going to be sharing information and insights about the strengths and positive characteristics of those who have dyslexia. So often the challenges, difficulties, and frustrations associated with dyslexia are the topics most talked about and I hope to change the conversation to one that is more positive and inspiring. I won’t dismiss the challenges but individuals who have dyslexia or parents of children with dyslexia know those frustrations far too well and unfortunately the strengths and positive characteristics are too often understated. Each month I will be focusing on a specific strength or characteristic that is a benefit to not only to the individual with dyslexia but to the community he or she lives in as well.
Individuals with dyslexia often exude characteristics that are thought to be unexpected. To judge someone’s intelligence by his or her written work is a serious injustice and inaccurate assessment. With a ratio of 1 in 5 people impacted by dyslexia, it is not difficult to find individuals who are highly intelligent, creative, compassionate, athletic, artful, determined, humorous, entrepreneurial, and outspoken champions. While these characteristics may not be entirely unique to individuals with dyslexia, there is a plethora of research and authored material to support the concept that a high percentage of individuals with dyslexia exhibit these types of positive characteristics in abundance.
The Gift of Dyslexia by Eldon Braun and Ronald Davis or The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock Eide and Fernette Eide are two such examples of material that delve into the strengths and gifts exhibited by many dyslexics. The International Dyslexia Association also provides a dyslexia handbook on the website (https://dyslexiaida.org/ida-dyslexia-handbook/) that is free to download and offers good information about the many facets of dyslexia. And certainly one only needs to perform a Google search of “famous dyslexics” to get a glimpse at the successes and talents of those who may have struggled significantly with the written language at one point in their lives.
I hope you will choose to follow the Ask Dr. Tammy blog throughout 2019. I will take a look at the dyslexia related happenings in the greater Chippewa Valley, how our mission connects to those events and activities, how we can all be involved through our time, talent, and treasures, and most importantly, how focusing on the positive characteristics of those with dyslexia will change in the conversation.
Infographic to include: https://dyslexiaida.org/is-dyslexia-a-gift-infographic/