October is the signature month for many other causes that are over shadowed by pink. It’s also the signature month for DYSELXIA, and about a dozen other very worthy causes.
Dyslexia affects 1-5 people, and my life has been afflicted with dyslexia.
Yes, afflicted is a strong word. Dyslexia is a lifelong diagnosis. You aren’t going to cure it or fix it. It’s not about being lazy. Dyslexia will not go away if I just work harder, focus more, use the right program, or get the right tutor. It’s part of my life and it’s not going away. However, I have learned to manage it and most important take advantage of the positive aspects of dyslexia.
Dyslexics possess some very important and distinct advantages.
- Social intelligence
As a society we believe that high IQ scores, good grades and higher degrees of education is the best measure of success. The problem is we’re wrong.
Mounting evidence continues to demonstrate that success is correlated more closely with the list above. We have fine tuned the art and science of teaching academics. We have created countless programs for high achieving students. What we haven’t figured out is how to teach self motivation, grit or resilience to students.
If you are a parent of a dyslexic child or an adult with dyslexia you know how important skills like creativity, curiosity and perseverance are to success. You know the power behind finding a developing your talents and strengths outside academics are to success. You know when you rely on these strengths your success is amplified.