Strengths of Dyslexia

What comes to your mind when you read the following list of names?

George Washington, Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Charles Schwab, Thomas Edison, Andrew Jackson, Albert Einstein, Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Hans Christian Anderson, John F. Kennedy

You probably easily recognized each name as a famous person who has impacted the world in a big way. But have you ever heard that all of these people are dyslexic? This is only a small sampling of the myriad of inventors, political leaders, artists, scientists, doctors, actors, musicians, authors, and entrepreneurs that are dyslexic. Obviously, dyslexia did not hold any of them back from accomplishment.

Because…dyslexics are:

  • creative
  • excellent problem solvers
  • observant
  • excellent big-picture thinkers
  • wonderfully imaginative
  • good at making connections
  • possess strong reasoning skills
  • have high levels of compassion for others
  • possess three-dimensional thinking
  • known for being able to think outside of the box
  • come up with excellent, fresh, out-of-the-ordinary ideas.

One more thing. Over 50% of NASA employees are reported to be dyslexic and are said to be deliberately pursued for employment because of their amazing problem-solving skills and excellent three-dimentional thinking.

“One thing we know for certain about dyslexia is that this is one small area of difficulty in a sea of strengths.”

– Dr. Sally Shaywitz

Are you encouraged? I hope so! So what can you do to help your child moving forward? Please click on the What To Do After a Dyslexia Diagnosis tab to find out.