Neurodiversity is a term used to describe the different ways the human brain functions. This can include conditions such as dyslexia, ADHD, and autism. For a long time, these conditions were seen as deficits or disorders that needed to be fixed. However, we are now beginning to see neurodiversity as a strength, and different ways of thinking as an asset. This shift in perspective is important for all of us, but especially for parents of children who have been diagnosed with a learning condition. It can be hard to accept that your child doesn’t think like everyone else, but it is important to remember that they still have so much to offer the world. With the right support, they can thrive no matter what their brain

Dyslexia is a neurological disorder that affects reading skills. It is considered a “learning disability” because it can make traditional educational methods more difficult. However, Dyslexia is not a deficit or lack of ability. In fact, many people with Dyslexia have above average intelligence. Dyslexia simply affects the way information is processed in the brain. People with Dyslexia often have difficulty with phonemic awareness, word decoding, and reading fluency. However, they often excel in creative thinking, problem solving, and three-dimensional thinking. Dyslexia is often described as a “gift wrapped in barbed wire.” It can be frustrating and discouraging, but it also comes with unique strengths and abilities. Dyslexics are often successful entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, and athletes. They are lateral thinkers who see the world in new and innovative ways. In our increasingly complex world, neurodiversity is a valuable asset. People with Dyslexia bring a unique perspective to the table and they should be celebrated for their strengths! Here are just some of the strengths that most people with Dyslexia have in common:

  1. They can utilize the brain’s ability to alter and create perceptions (the primary ability).
  2. They are more aware of what’s happening in their environment.
  3. They are highly inquisitive.
  4. They think in pictures rather than words.
  5. They are highly intuitive and insightful.
  6. They think and perceive using all their senses.
  7. They can experience thought as reality.
  8. They have vivid imaginations.

When we look at it this way, Dyslexia is a form of neurodiversity that should be celebrated for its strengths. With accommodations and help, dyslexic children can succeed in school and beyond. Fast ForWord is one tool that has been proven to help children with dyslexia overcome their reading difficulties. If you’re concerned about your child’s reading ability or think they may have Dyslexia, please reach out for a free consultation. We would love to hear from you and see how we can help your child achieve their fullest potential.

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