Dyslexia – the misconceptions and realities (part 2)

Among, the many misconceptions of dyslexia are 1.) The individual is not very smart, 2.) they will have no comprehension, 3.) they can’t spell for anything, and most importantly, 4.) they won’t be able to read and therefore won’t succeed.

The actual realities concerning dyslexics are, they can 1.) See things three dimensionally. This is a very important trait. These individuals can play out an activity or idea in their mind before they actually execute it. Many of these people tend to gravitate toward professions in architecture or medicine. I have seen emergency room doctors and surgeons who share the dyslexic tendencies. The high energy of emergency medicine gives the adrenaline rush that is necessary to keep their job interesting while the surgeon seems to go through each movement of the surgery in their minds before they ever enter the operating room. 2.) They will omit or add words to a text that they read. Therefore, this can prove to alter the comprehension of the text. 3.) If a word is long they may perceive the following; elephant for envelope. They see that the length of the word looks the same and it starts with the same letter. However it is difficult for them to look into the middle of the word and decode it. In my experience, this is the most common error that I see with this population. 4.) There is a small population that see the written word lift off the page and simply melt away. These are individuals that need special therapy to help with this. 5.) The I.Q. for dyslexics is usually average to above average… there is nothing that they can’t achieve they just learn differently. There have been many successful dyslexics that have changed the world for the better. There is no reason why other dyslexics can’t do the same.

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