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Dyslexics Rock!

That dyslexic child you help could be the next president or prime minister of your country or the next Albert Einstein or the next Edison or Mozart or Picasso or Edgar Allen Poe or whomever.

These students are not defective but extremely effective. They are not lacking in ability but overflowing. They are not disabled but incredibly “abled” and talented. They merely process language differently and thank heavens that they do because they bring so much joy and talent to the universe. Through their incredible right brains, they are wired into the creative universe. That universe speaks directly to them and inspires them to share their brilliance with all of us. Dyslexics are incredible human beings. Our culture has had us put so much emphasis on learning existing knowledge and regurgitating that information back.  We no longer need that as we have computers.  What we need now are critical thinkers who create new information, new designs, new inventions and new strategies. Dyslexics are the ones that can do that. Dyslexics are smart way beyond what our schools consider smart. Who is smarter, the computer or the computer programmer? I will go with the programmer. In a visual world, dyslexics rock!

Dyslexia – disadvantage or advantage?

Most of us have heard about dyslexia but know very little about it, even though it impacts 20% of the population.

What is dyslexia? Dyslexia is a language processing difference.  Brain scans have  determined that dyslexic’s process language in different parts of the right side of their brains, even though the left brain was designed to process language. Due to this wiring difference, processing language can be more challenging and cumbersome.  However, this wiring difference results in dyslexics being creative, innovative, and big picture thinkers.

Dyslexics are pretty much the who’s who of scientists such as Albert Einstein, actors such as Tom Cruise, comediennes such as Robin Williams, CEOs  such as Steve Jobs, politicians such as Gavin Newsom, architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, artists like Pablo Picasso, athletes such as Bruce Jenner and the list goes on and on.  The reasons so many dyslexics dominate their fields is that Dyslexic’s right brains are 10% larger and also show highly developed neural regions that give way to visualization, creativity and visual memory. Also the right brain seems to be the origination site for 6 of the 9 intelligences that human beings have. These are naturalist, musical, existential, interpersonal, bodily-kinesthetic, and spatial. So even though some dyslexics struggle in either the linguistic, intrapersonal or logic-mathematical areas, they stand out in these other areas. No human being, no matter how brilliant, has ever excelled in all 9 intelligences. Albert Einstein, who is considered by many to be the most intelligent man ever born, suffered from a lower than average linguistic intelligence.

Dyslexics come in all sizes and shapes. What they have in common is an incredible ability to imagine and visualize what can be. Dyslexics are not as tied into what has already happened but what can be. Dyslexics put things into perspective and see the big picture rather than dwelling on the minute details. These 20% of our population are said to have produced 90% of the progress that our civilization has had. Dyslexics are Mac Computers in a PC World.