Dyslexia is primarily a gift. A person with dyslexia is always thinking in images and is gifted in the arena of visual spatial intelligence. When they are young, they are almost too good at rotating objects mentally in space, and do this with words, as well as images. The result is that words look different from the way non-dyslexic people observe them. The dyslexic child also has an incredible imagination, and can create whole internal worlds in their minds, which are oftentimes, so real to them, that they can get lost in those vivid lifelike daydreams. When the dyslexic person comes out of their mental trance, they often feel a sense of disorientation, which can be quite disconcerting to them. The reality is, is that dyslexic children will struggle with the printed word, learn to read later and with an entirely different methodology than do non-dyslexic people. The dyslexic person is almost always of above average intelligence and is potentially highly creative and intuitive. They love playing around with puzzles, Legos and highly evolved video games, such as mine craft. They cannot take timed tests, or show steps in both math and in writing.

Assisted technology is the dyslexic persons best friend, and I have observed that most dyslectic individuals learn to read and write, adequately if taught in a fashion, that is harmonious with their visual learning style. The dyslexic individual, if they are allowed to grow up unashamed, many times the dyslexic person will grow up, to be highly successful and are well represented in the ranks of CEOs and CFOs of major corporations. I believe that in working with a dyslexic brain, we have to use visual techniques, which can greatly expedite their basic skills acquisition.

Dyslexia, like most right hemispheric styles is increasing in frequency, as a reaction to our increasingly visual spatial lifestyle. We are literally creating more right hemispheric brains, and this trend will almost certainly continue. We need to better our teaching of this emerging population, or we will face a future replete with people who hate reading, and eschew all things intellectual.

-Jeffrey Freed