"Dyslexia is not a disease to have and to be cured of, but a way of thinking and learning. Often it's a gifted mind waiting to be found and taught."
- Girard Sagmiller, Dyslexia My Life
The dyslexic mind is truly gifted. Those with dyslexia are able to look at things as a big picture and as a whole and glean insights that can change the world. Unfortunately, this ability to look at concepts and objects as a whole, is the same reason they often have a difficulty with reading.
Because those with dyslexia have a tendency to look at things as a whole, they have a hard time completing tasks that require them to focus on individual parts. Reading requires pages, paragraphs, sentences, and words to be broken up in order to create meaning for the reader.
Thus, for dyslexics to be able to learn to read, they need to learn how to understand the parts of language, rather then using their natural tendency to approach language as a whole.
So, how can dyslexics learn to approach a text by looking at the parts rather than the whole? Researchers have found that when dyslexics learn with a stepwise, interactive, phonics-based method, they are able to learn the strategies they need to break down the words in a text.