I was intrigued by this book, because I am dyslexic. I still struggle with telling certain letters apart, if they are not in the context of a word. I also have difficulty figuring out which side is my right and which is my left. Over the years, I developed little tricks that allow me to overcome these problems.
The book gives a brief overview of dyslexia and how the brain of dyslexics processes things differently. Those differences can create problems in certain areas; however, they also allow people with dyslexia to thrive in other areas.
The advantages or abilities discussed in this book are not in spite of dyslexia. These advantages are a direct result of dyslexia.
- People with dyslexia tend to be excellent story tellers and are extremely creative.
- People with dyslexia have a greater ability to process 3-D images in their brain and determine how those images will function in the real world.
- People with dyslexia often see patterns, relationships, and associations that are missed by those without dyslexia.
- People with dyslexia have greater long-term memory abilities, especially when dealing with events or things in a story format.
- People with dyslexia often have a greater ability to predict future outcomes, based on cause and effect processing.
The authors of the book also questioned labeling dyslexics as having a learning disability. In reality, those with dyslexia tend to be highly intelligent. They just process information differently.
The authors also believe our education system is doing a great disservice to dyslexics by trying to force them to learn in the same manner as those without dyslexia.