The Strengths of Dyslexia

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The greatest strength a person with dyslexia has at their disposal is the ability to create. They will be able to link abstract ideas together that many of their peers would not recognize until the dyslexic person grouped the ideas or concepts together. What helps them to do this is their natural ability to disorient from their surroundings and experience their ideas as if they were reality. This means that when a person with dyslexia is imagining an idea they have an advanced ability to see, hear, feel and sense what they are creating in their minds. Though all people with dyslexia have unique personalities, something common to all of them is that they are visual-spatial, or intuitive, thinkers as well as having what is sometimes called a “global learning” style.

A person with dyslexia will commonly, if not all the time, think using pictures. Meaning that when a person with dyslexia thinks of a concept it is rich with information, as a picture can hold thousands of times more information than words. While thinking of the words “mom” and “dad” contain two pieces of data; a picture, or movie, of these concepts could indicate information about the way these two people look, such as their height, how they feel about themselves, such as confidence heard in their voice, or the way they feel about one another, such as images of them holding hands. This amount of information may come very quickly to a dyslexic person, and sometimes even unconsciously, enabling them to arrive at simple answers and interpretations to complex questions much quicker than their peers. Warranting comments like, “How did she think of that?" "Where did he get that idea from?"

Along with this way of thinking, dyslexics are also creatively aided because of their global learning style. They see “the whole and then the parts” in contrast to the linear thinking style, of logical-sequential thinkers, who prefer to see “the parts and then make a whole.” They can then piece together large pockets of information, and rearrange ideas, and then work backwards to go and fill in the smaller details of their idea. An example of this picture thinking and global learning style would be how Einstein initially created his concept of relativity by imagining what it would be like if he was traveling at the speed of light while riding on a beam of light. The beauty of this thinking and learning style is that ideas that would never be generated can be explored.

Strengths

  • They can utilize the brain's ability to alter and create perceptions (the primary ability).

  • They are highly aware of the environment.

  • They are more curious than average.

  • They think mainly in pictures instead of words.

  • They are highly intuitive and insightful.

  • They think and perceive multi-dimensionally (using all the senses).

  • They can experience thought as reality.

  • They have vivid imaginations.