Dyslexia literally means trouble with words. Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects reading and related language-based processing skills. The severity can differ in each individual but can affect reading fluency, decoding, reading comprehension, recall, writing, spelling, and sometimes speech and can exist along with other related disorders. Dyslexia is sometimes referred to as a Language-Based Learning Disability.
Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties with phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed and dyslexia can occur across the range of intellectual abilities. Other difficulties that can be experienced are motor co-ordination, mental calculation, concentration and personal organizational skills.
But did you know that people who are born with what is termed dyslexia are extremely gifted individuals? According to a growing number of intellectuals, the dyslexic brain is part of the natural diversity that has given the human race an evolutionary advancement! Others believe that dyslexia is a big word for being a bit stupid and according to so called experts being dyslexic by definition you are somewhat lacking in intelligence. Many dyslexics are intelligent, but most dyslexics don’t feel intelligent in an education system that focuses on the written word and memory and this is where their talents go unrecognized.
Dyslexic kids may be working harder than other kids to get good grades, but are usually rewarded with the humiliation of low grades and a cycle of failure. To quote Dr Ian Biggs, Bristol University from the documentary “Left to write, what is Dyslexia”, it is important that parents don’t put to much faith in the education system unquote. Dyslexics have a very different way of processing information, (non-linearly) and the developmental pathways of a dyslexic child is very different from the designed educational pathway.
This educational pathway, right from the beginning, undermines the child’s confidence. People who label a child lazy, unintelligent or just not trying hard enough to use their brain, do not understand what really lies at the root of their struggle. The Intelligence Integration system understands the struggle that lies at the root cause of someone labeled dyslexic and know that with training and practice that the key neural network functions can be improved and strengthened. Giving the child the highest potential to flourish with reading, spelling, memory and processing speed.
People labelled dyslexic can become great innovators in our society. Artists, musicians, architects, actors, inventors and loads of famous and successful people have dyslexia. ( Google the list).