Tommy Hilfiger, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Walt Disney, Muhammad Ali, Agatha Christie, Edgar Allen Poe, Richard Branson, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Sir Issac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Thomas Jefferson, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, George Patton, Orlando Bloom, Fred Astaire, Harrison Ford, Dustin Hoffman, Keira Knightley, Steven Spielberg, Beethoven, John Lennon, Mozart.
What do all of these famous and successful people have in common?
Have you ever considered that some of the modern world’s greatest discoveries and accomplishments were prompted by someone with dyslexia?
Recent research has revealed that those with dyslexia have unique brain structure and organization. This gives those with dyslexia a predisposition to important skills and special talents.
Have you ever recognized dyslexia as a strength or as an advantage?
According to the book “The Dyslexic Advantage” by Brock L. Eide M.D., M.A. and Fernette F. Eide, M.D., that “while dyslexics typically struggle to decode the written word, they often also excel in such areas of reasoning as mechanical (required for architects and surgeons), interconnected (artists and inventors); narrative (novelists and lawyers), and dynamic (scientists and business pioneers).”
Positive characteristics of those with dyslexia commonly are:
- Perception: the ability to alter and create perceptions
- Highly aware of environment
- Highly curious
- Intuitive and insightful
- Thinking and perceiving multi-dimensionally (using all the senses)
- Easily adoptive of change
- Capable of seeing patterns, connections and similarities very easily
- Superior when it comes to reasoning
However, we know that dyslexics struggle with reading, spelling and writing. And we do know there are remedies for this; Reading Horizons’ is an explicit, systematic and sequential phonics program that uses a multi-sensory approach to teaching reading which has been proven to assist those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.