7 Surprising, Inspiring & Scary Facts About Dyslexia
Dyslexia is a highly misunderstood learning difficulty.
This has led to misconceptions that have overshadowed important facts about dyslexia.
Let us shed some light on just a few of these, by revealing 7 truly surprising and unknown facts about dyslexia. Help us spread the word and raise awareness about these remarkable, inspiring and sometimes depressing dyslexia facts.
1. Dyslexia is a remarkable asset in the world of business and entrepreneurship
A 2007 study by Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Cass Business School in London, Julie Logan, revealed that more than a third of American entrepreneurs surveyed said they were dyslexic.
This is a dramatic percentage when considering only 10% of the overall population have the condition.
Some dyslexic geniuses you’ve likely heard of include: George Washington; Richard Branson; Henry Ford; Einstein and Stephen Spielberg. Further, Jessica Watson, the youngest solo unassisted sailor in world, famed lawyer Erin Brockovich, Academy award winning actress Octavia Spencer and winner of the Nobel Prize for medicine Professor Elizabeth Blackburn are other dyslexics to add to this endless list.
2. Mounting evidence suggests there is a definite link between creativity & dyslexia
Even in the realm of novel writing, which one might wrongly assume is prohibitive to individuals with dyslexia, several incredibly prominent and prolific authors are said to have had dyslexia.
These include Agatha Christie, George Bernard Shaw, F Scott Fitzgerald, Jules Verne, WB Yeats, John Irving, Gustave Flaubert and Roald Dahl.
One thing all these authors share, aside from dyslexia, is that their work was often ground-breaking and uniquely stylised within their relevant genre.
Dyslexics often think in pictures instead of words (usually without realising it) and this may contribute to their creative talents. They also often excel at connecting ideas, 3D mapping and grasping the bigger picture.
3. People with dyslexia are more likely to have ADD
About 40% of people with dyslexia have ADD, and 60% of people with ADD have dyslexia.
It is therefore imperative that educational interventions aimed at assisting either of these conditions have the capacity to cater for both.
4. People with dyslexia often have incredibly good people skills
Studies have shown that dyslexics are usually very good at reading people, have fantastic memories and are often uniquely talented at spoken language.
Moreover, due to the struggle they may encounter when learning how read, dyslexics have often developed a strong sense of empathy. This extends to the ability to consider other people’s perspectives and relate to them on a deep emotional level.
5. Dyslexics are overrepresented in prison communities
A study of prisoners in the United Kingdom found 53% of inmates had dyslexia, compared with 10% of the general population.
As absolutely shocking as this statistic is, it is unsurprising when considering how current social and educational institutions often set dyslexics up to fail.
We all need to be part of the change to support and empower all kinds of learners.
6. Dyslexic children are at a higher risk of developing anxiety disorders
Children with dyslexia are at a far higher risk of developing anxiety, as compared with their peers, and so are their parents.
For more on this feel free to enrol in our free online course that teaches parents of dyslexic children how to ensure their child’s emotional wellbeing.
7. Dyslexics do not see letters backwards
This fact is a bit of a mythbuster. Evidence clearly shows that this assertion is false. There are actually thirty seven symptoms of dyslexia and these range from difficulty with motor skills to struggles with time management.
Moreover, research has shown that dyslexics see things three dimensionally and this includes how they view words.
Have we missed any?
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