Dyslexia means “trouble with words.” Recently, however, it has been further categorized into many different labels including ADD, ADHD, Receptive Language Delay, visual-spatial learners, processing disorders, etc. As more is learned about the commonality in thinking styles among all of these, there is a consistent theme with respect to many learning disabilities: Disorientation.
Disorientation is actually a natural talent – a gift. When disoriented, visual-spatial thinkers can problem-solve, create, invent, engineer, and escape by using their extraordinary and vibrant multi-sensory thoughts, similar to movies. This same gift, however, is also what makes dealing with 2-dimensional words and symbols a tedious task.
Disorientation Can Affect Many Areas of Learning
Because many written words and symbols are abstract, and cannot be deciphered by their natural picture-thinking style, visual-spatial learners become confused. When confused, their automatic response is to disorient and examine the source of the confusion multi-dimensionally. This works beautifully with real-world objects, but it doesn’t work for the written word. The result of disorientation while reading is distorted perception of the words – causing frustration, mistakes, loss of comprehension, and fatigue.
When equipped with the right tools, people with dyslexia and other related learning disabilities can intentionally control and correct their perceptions and avoid the disabling aspects, allowing their gifts and talents to shine.
Dyslexia OHIO will provide clients with the tools to correct the distorted perception that causes confusion with symbols, as outlined in The Gift of Dyslexia and The Gift of Learning by Ronald D. Davis.
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