The Truth About Being Dyslexic
Dyslexia is one of the most common disabilities found in the world today. Many people with this condition, however, have found that it doesn’t have to be a curse, but is often a blessing in disguise instead. If looking at the famous people in the world who have managed to carry on despite the condition, it’s amazing they were able to muster the courage it must have taken to make their mark in the world. Albert Einstein is one example. When he realized people couldn’t read his scribblings he finally hired a secretary that transcribed his thoughts into words that people could actually understand. For those with this condition they know what Albert faced is a common response to the efforts he made before he found a good secretary. When he was growing up, little did the world know what a genius he truly was.
Scientists aren’t really sure what causes dyslexia, but have a few theories. It tends run in families so if a parent has this condition, their children will probably have it too. Others have suggested that perhaps crossed-wiring is to blame where the right side of the brain has to take on the job in language usually handled by the left side. The point is that most dyslexics are quite bright. What researchers do know is that it’s a linguistic processing problem that affects the ability to process phonologic and graphic symbols, which is what reading, writing, and math are all about.
Dyslexia affects more than core academics, though, since it throws a kink into the works when it comes to anything having to do with memory and organization. You’ll often find people with this condition keeping calendars or having notepads around so they can keep track of important information. Sometimes it helps, but other times it just makes things worse. For instance, if using a whiteboard for a calendar, there’s no telling how many days or holidays will end up being in a particular month and forget about accuracy when it comes to noting important dates. Forget about names as well. It’s like pouring water through a sieve when introduced to new people and all those memory enhancers they talk about? Forget it…doesn’t help.
Job applications are another time when their condition is really noticeable. They may be exactly what the employer wants, but since they have to “write it down” first, they’re not even considered, despite the fact that their communication and analytic skills are often superior. Whoever came up with the idea of written applications really needs to rethink the plan.
Writing is an area where dyslexia is most evident. It often appears that those with this condition used a cement mixer to unload words onto their paper. Words go in and are poured down a chute onto paper in the order they seem to want to go. Grammar errors, misspelled words, and just plain confusion often end up on the paper instead; especially when not writing in the first person. Basically, even though they can think and talk perfectly well, they just can’t seem to get it out on paper unless in a free-write form, or totally buzzed; whatever the occasion calls for. In the end, these individuals can frustrate their teachers to the point of distraction because the condition frequently goes unidentified leaving the teacher to wonder “Why doesn’t this kid get it?”
Despite the fact that dyslexics face many challenges, especially in the classroom, the condition is not without its perks. In fact, many countries now realize that dyslexia can traumatize a kid and are trying to help. Free computers and software and huge bonuses, but can also be a little unnerving to kids who already have a hard time getting things onto paper. Dragon and the Microsoft Word Speak-to-Text programs allow these individuals to talk while the program does the writing. Unfortunately, every “um,” “huh,” “damn,” and anything else verbalized is also added. In addition, if a TV or radio is playing at the same time, since everything the computer hears is also typed and mixed in, they can end up with some really interesting writing. And don’t even think about using the words “on” and “off” which turns the programs on and off as well. That’s a whole other issue. In the end, however, with the new information coming out about dyslexia things aren’t all that bad and are just getting better all the time.