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Dyslexia: The Gift that is Considered a Problem

 

Dyslexia: The Talent

Not every dyslexic person develops the same gifts, but they have mental functions in common, like:

1.      They utilize the brain to create and alter perceptions.
2.      They are highly aware of their surroundings and environment.
3.      They are more curious than average.
4.      They think in pictures instead of words.
5.      They are highly intuitive and insightful.
6.      They think and perceive multi-dimensionally (using all the senses).
7.      They can experience thought as reality.
8.      They have vivid imaginations

(Ronald D. Davis, The Gift of Dyslexia, page 5).

If those characteristics haven’t been suppressed, messed with, invalidated or destroyed by the parents or the educational process, then these mental functions will result in characteristics such as higher-than-normal intelligence and extraordinary creative ability. Those are the gifts which lead to mastery. They can take many different forms. For Albert Einstein it was physics; for Walt Disney it was art; for Greg Louganis, it was athletic prowess (Ronald D. Davis, The Gift of Dyslexia, page 5). The talent is always there but not necessarily visible to the eye. Not every dyslexic individual will realize these gifts, since he may not consider them to be special. To him they may seem ordinary.

©  Matthias Füll,  2010