Outside the Box: The Dyslexia Graphic Novel — Introduction

About the same time I finished writing the previous posts, I realized that I had a problem — I was asking people who have trouble reading to read. I really want to get this information out to people who have dyslexia, so I decided to turn what I had written into a graphic novel, withContinue reading “Outside the Box: The Dyslexia Graphic Novel — Introduction”

Late Discovery

Robert Ballard feels his most important discovering underwater hydrothermal vents in the deep ocean. But he is best known for finding the wreck of the Titanic. He was only recently diagnosed with dyslexia. Looking back, Ballard credits his neuro-diversity with allowing him to build the mental map to find the wreck in the wreck 12,000Continue reading “Late Discovery”


As children, many successful dyslexics often found a subject they were passionate about. They read everything they could find on their topic. They saw the words about their favorite subject used over and over. Repetition stored these words as scripts in their brains, and they became sight words. With time and hard work, the kidsContinue reading “DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE”


School is often hard for dyslexics. But high school grades and standardized tests aren’t actually very good at predicting how successful someone is later in life. What is a good predictor? How hard a person is willing to work for a goal. Failures There are a couple of different ways to look at failure. SomeContinue reading “FALL DOWN SIX TIMES, STAND UP SEVEN — Japanese Proverb”


Think about all the memories of past events in your life. Those memories help you deal with your problems in the present. Project these memories into the future, with neurons firing in fuzzy patterns, and you have imagination. Imagination is rearranging knowledge and memories of the past to create new ideas. Merriam-Webster Definition of ImaginationContinue reading “IMAGINATION — ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE”


INSIGHT— THE AHA! PROCESS Insights are “Aha!” moments, when you suddenly see the answer to a problem. The insight process takes all the small bits of information your brain has gathered, looks at them without ruling anything out, and connects them together in a unique way to solve a problem. Insight is how you generateContinue reading “CREATIVITY: INSIGHTS”


           Because dyslexics use your creative right brains more, that side gets very strong. This strength may let you soak up patterns of things that you see, and processes that you imagine.  Dyslexics link ideas together in different ways — instead of following a “logical” step-by-step sequence, you might see a pattern or similarities and likenesses.Continue reading “CREATIVITY: PATTERN RECOGNITION — SEEING WHAT OTHERS DON’T”


The gist is the kernel of an idea. Dyslexics get the gist of the idea easier than many people — you see what’s important, then discard the rest,  leaving everybody else to wonder “Why didn’t I think of that?”  Linear thinkers and fluent readers may see the same information, but it is often locked intoContinue reading “CREATIVITY: GIST — THE MAIN POINT”


Now we come to the fun stuff — the stuff that dyslexics excel at. While you’re in school, your teachers will help you learn to minimize the effects of your dyslexia when you are reading and spelling. When you get out of school, and get a job, you will have a calculator to quickly tellContinue reading “CREATIVITY — THE PAYOFF”