What Dyslexia IS
The dyslexic brain simply thinks in a different way
Contrary to what many people believe, most people with dyslexia are very bright. Dyslexia is a learning difference that often causes difficulty with reading and spelling. Not being able to read well can make many areas of learning a problem. And, because most schools do not teach or test appropriately for dyslexics, dyslexia is often referred to as a specific reading disability or disorder. In fact,dyslexia actually provides many incredible abilities which enable dyslexics to see things in a completely different way and help them excel.
Experts know that dyslexia is hereditary. Scientists have identified the exact genes involved. Through brain scans, scientists have learned that language for dyslexics is processed primarily in the right brain instead of the left brain, which was designed for this. Hence, it may take a dyslexic up to six times more time and energy to process language whether in the form of reading, writing or speaking.
Because of the way the dyslexic brain is wired, many dyslexics have particular gifts that their non-dyslexic counterparts do not have.
What Dyslexia Is NOT
Some of the primary myths about Dyslexia:
- Dyslexics are not as intelligent as the rest of the population.
This is totally false. Dyslexics learn differently and generally are of above average or average intelligence. More than 50% of NASA employees are reportedly dyslexic.
- Dyslexics are lazy and don’t apply themselves appropriately.
Dyslexics brains are wired differently so it is not a matter of working harder. Because of the way their brains are wired it takes dyslexics longer to process language. Studies show that dyslexic children actually use nearly five times the brain area to perform ordinary language tasks as other children. Studies also show that there are chemical differences in the brain function of dyslexic and non-dyslexic children.
- Those with dyslexia only make up a small percentage of the population. Latest research shows that at least 20% of the population of the world has dyslexia.