Anything that involves the brain is complicated, and dyslexia is no different. But we’re going to try to answer some of the big questions about dyslexia: What went wrong? Why me? How can I fix it?
We’ll look at what dyslexia is, and what it isn’t. We’ll talk about how the wiring of a dyslexic’s brain is different from a fluent reader’s.
Once we’ve got those answers, we’ll explore the unique positives dyslexia offers. Believe it or not, if you know how to take advantage of it, dyslexia can give you some advantages. The same brain difference that gives you problems reading may also let you see the world in new and unusual ways.
And we’re gonna learn all about it.
FIRST THING TO KNOW
The first thing you need to know is that, as a dyslexic, you have a different learning style from people who readers easily and fluently. Fluent readers take a lot of little facts and build on them to come to a conclusion or point. Dyslexics, on the other hand, need to see what the big picture is first, then fill all the little facts into it.
Because dyslexics tend to be big picture learners, I’ve used lots of images, headers and bullet points to let you know where we are going, and what the point of the section is.
So to answer the first question about dyslexia — nothing “went wrong”. Dyslexics just have a different learning style.
EVERYBODY’S A DYSLEXIC
I’m going to use a lot of people as examples in this blog. Unless I tell you otherwise, every person mentioned is dyslexic.