Have you heard about the Dyslexia Advantage?

August 24, 2018

It’s Dyslexia Awareness Week from Monday 1st to Sunday 7th October 2018

 

How dyslexia aware are you?

 

It’s estimated that 10% of the population are dyslexic. Maybe your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia or you suspect he or she is dyslexic. 

 

 

So, what is dyslexia?

 

Dyslexia is a learning difference that affects the skills required for fluent and accurate word reading and spelling. It can manifest in many ways and across a range of intellectual abilities. Diagnosis is usually made by an Educational Psychologist or a Specialist Assessor.

Many people presume that having dyslexia is one big disadvantage. It’s easy to understand why.   When diagnosed with dyslexia, children are often presented with a list of things that they can't do or that they will struggle with. This leads to frustration and upset for the child and their parents.

 

In my experience, as a specialist teacher and SENCo for over 10 years, I have seen that whilst children with dyslexia have a learning difficulty in a specific area, they have specific strengths and skill sets too. These skill sets are often in areas that are not traditionally tested and so can be overlooked.

 

Research suggests that the brains of people with dyslexia, process information in a different way to those without dyslexia. As a result, having dyslexia can in fact provide a great set of advantages.

 

Some of the advantages that dyslexia can bring include:

          •        Enhanced creativity

          •        Excellent problem-solving skills

          •        Ability to see perspectives that others cannot always see

          •        Superior reasoning skills

          •        Ability to think outside the box

          •        Aptitude for spotting patterns & connections

          •        Great social & communication skills

          •        Drive, persistence & determination

 

Through my role, supporting parents and children with dyslexia, I am very keen to ensure that dyslexia is viewed as an advantage, not a disadvantage. If a child has a clear understanding of their strengths, they can excel in areas where they are stronger. An awareness of these areas can also help them overcome the potential barriers posed by dyslexia. There are many strategies available to support and empower children with dyslexia that parents and school can successfully implement.

 

If you’d like to understand more about dyslexia, including how it manifests and how to identify and utilise its advantages, please join me on Saturday 13th October at my Succeed with Dyslexia Workshop. For further details contact Sue@educationangel.co.uk

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