What Is Dyslexia?


Dyslexia is commonly known as a disorder that affects learning and processing of the written word. But it is much more than just the reversal of letters or the inability to read, spell or write. And it is most definitely not because they lack the necessary intellectual abilities that a typical person possess. Sure these are some of the challenges Dyslexics experience but each person is different.

Some indicative traits of dyslexia are the complications these individuals experience in verbal processing speed, phonological perception and verbal memory. There are also visual and auditory processing difficulties that could be challenging to some.

Dyslexia and other learning difficulties originate from patterns of thinking and learning that are different from how typical people think and learn. They are visual or picture thinkers and therefore are associated with high levels of creativity and strong problem-solving and three-dimensional thinking abilities.

Dyslexics also have the ability to alter perceptions and to see things differently. They see the “big picture” which makes them very good problem solvers and out of the box thinkers. This perceptual altering ability is both a gift and a flaw. A flaw, because it can create problems when dealing with symbols like letters and numerals. But a gift because it gives them the advantage when it comes to creativity and innovation. That is why so many great Architects, Engineers, Graphic Designers, Scientists and Inventors are dyslexic.

Thanks to the groundbreaking work of Ronald Davis, the negative symptoms of dyslexia can be corrected without losing the talented aspects.

Read more about the advantages of being Dyslexia.

“Differences are not intended to separate, to alienate. We are different precisely to realize our need of one another.” Desmond Tutu.