Dyslexia. One simple word that has been given the power by some to define a person’s ability to succeed in the world around them. Often, when a person hears “learning disability,” they assume a lifelong struggle. Nothing could be further from the truth. While it is important to understand what dyslexia is, it is equally important to understand that a person can still live a fulfilling and successful life after being diagnosed with dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a condition most associated with difficulties in reading. Your child may struggle to understand how a letter or letters represent a sound or how the combination of letters makes a word. This impacts their ability to recognize and break down the sounds of letters. It can influence their ability to remember words they’ve learned already. They may have trouble with the rapid naming of letters, objects, colors, and pictures.
A Strength Rather Than a Weakness
When given a dyslexia diagnosis, you may assume this means a lifetime of struggle. When in fact, many strengths can be found in people with dyslexia. It is important to realize that one-in-ten live with this disorder and that is in no way keeps people from pursuing their dreams.
A strong sense of creativity is often seen in people with dyslexia. They think outside the box and live their lives this way too. They develop a keen ability to be able to find alternative ways to solve a problem, how to learn differently, and how to make things easier. A great example of this use of creativity is in design. The grasp of spatial awareness and pattern recognition is key. This can lead to an advantage in graphic design, structures, and the creation of buildings. Also, many acquire the ability to memorize huge word vocabularies, which is why you will find many dyslexics in the acting profession.
After a dyslexia diagnosis, there are a few important things to keep in mind for your child.
Communication is key. You hear this often throughout life. One common misconception is that dyslexia will lead to the inability to communicate effectively. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Growing up having to communicate to others what your disability is, teaches you how to communicate with people on a variety of levels.
Look at the big picture. Another common phrase you hear throughout life, often because we get too lost in the smaller details of a project or expectation. People with dyslexia often make fantastic entrepreneurs and managers because of their ability to keep the big picture in sight and not be distracted by the little things.
Famous Success Stories. When someone says the name Steven Spielberg, you could easily begin to list a number of hit movies that he has directed. He has culturally shaped our movie-going experience since the early 70s. What you may not know is that he wasn’t diagnosed with dyslexia until he was in his 60s. What about Whoopi Goldberg? A woman who hit not only the comedy club stage but also the small and big screen, later becoming a TV host. She grew up being called dumb, not knowing until later in life that she had dyslexia. Or Sir Richard Branson, famous British billionaire entrepreneur. Many of these famous celebrities have acknowledged that what could have been seen as a disadvantage helped shape their careers for the better. If you’re curious, here’s a list of famous and successful people with dyslexia and other learning disabilities.
Create Your Own Story
Dyslexia is a simple word that by no means defines your story. While you may have to develop the ability to learn differently, it doesn’t mean you learn less. Many misconceptions of what could be a weakness, is in reality, a strength. A learning disability never needs to define a person and what they can do. There are no limits. Here is a personal success story we wrote about previously.