Dyslexia can have fantastic benefits.
Whilst people with dyslexia are less inclined to excel in language and linguistic fields of expertise, dyslexic people are often highly creative, intuitive, and excel at three-dimensional problem solving and hands-on learning.
The discovery of such talents inevitably raises questions about whether these faculties translate into real-life skills. Although people with dyslexia are found in every profession, including law, medicine and science, observers have long noted that they populate fields like art and design in unusually high numbers.
Dyslexics have excellent spatial awareness.
Dyslexic people often have exceptional spatial awareness making them excellent problem solvers, architects and astronauts.
There is an interesting article published on 4 February 2012 in The New York Times about the upside of Dyslexia.
Dyslexia Research at MIT highlights the advantages of Dyslexia.
They briefly flashed a row of letters extending from the centre of a subject’s field of vision out to its perimeter. The average non-dyslexic reader identifies the letters in the middle of the row with greater accuracy. Dyslexics were much better than ‘normal readers’ when they were asked to identify letters located in each row perimeter.
Mr. Geiger and Mr. Lettvin’s conclusions have been confirmed in a variety of Dyslexia research papers and studies. Their Dyslexia study proved that people with Dyslexia process information that streams from the central and the peripheral areas of the visual field separately. Furthermore, these reading skills result in a Catch 22 situation.
1. Those with Dyslexia are great at observing visual information – especially information around the edges of their field of vision.
2. Excellent readers struggle with analysing information around the edges of their field of vision
This can make reading difficult for those with Dyslexia because they are much better at looking at the shape of a word rather than the detail in the middle.
Dyslexics can see large, complex visually based problems, and the information contained in them more easily. This means that understand them better and solve them quicker. Next time you have a problem designed a house or understanding how water, gas and refrigerated pipes flow through the walls of hospitals call a Dyslexic.
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