This is how the authors (Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide ) of the book ‘The Dyslexic Advantage’ present dyslexia. They’ve written a fascinating book based on the view of dyslexia not as a ‘disability’ or ‘learning difficulty’ that has to be corrected, but instead as a way the dyslexic brain has of functioning which gives dyslexics special talents.
In their introduction they explain their refreshing view; ‘There are two big differences between the traditional view of dyslexia and the one we’ll present in this book. First, we don’t see the reading, spelling, or other academic challenges associated with dyslexia as the result of a “disorder” or a “disease”. Instead, we see these challenges as arising from a different pattern of brain organisation – one whose chief aim is to predispose dyslexic individuals to the development of valuable skills…
Second, unlike most books on dyslexia this book won’t focus solely on making individuals with dyslexia into better readers. Instead it will focus on helping them become better at “being dyslexic”…dyslexic brains aren’t supposed to be like everyone else’s…Our goal is to help individuals…enjoy the full range of benefits that come from the dyslexic brain’.
Having come across dyslexic children in school settings I know what a handicap it can be when their learning is heavily based on the ability to deal with the written word.
But as parents who home educate begin to discover there are so many other ways to approach learning, e.g. experientially, or through image based learning (think films, documentaries or YouTube). And dyslexic children don’t have to be seen handicapped – it is perhaps our approach that is handicapped by our lack of providing for individual needs. Home educated children who are dyslexic have gone onto achieve as well as other children do.
If your child is bright and well functioning and intelligent in all areas non-reading related, yet seem to find it difficult to pick up reading as easily as you’d imagine, you might like to find out a little more about dyslexia. You could start with the British Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia Action or the Dyslexia Association
And this book is certainly worth exploring.