So by now, we’ve covered quite a lot about Dyslexia as a condition. But there are a lot of things that you might not know about the condition. That’s why I’ve put together a list of 6 things you (probably) don’t know about Dyslexia. I hope it gives you a bit more insight into the condition and lets you view it from different perspectives.
1. It’s a Spectrum
Most people just think of Dyslexia as trouble reading, but like most things, it’s a spectrum that can go from mild to severe. This isn’t to say that people on the mild end of the spectrum need less help than those on the severe end. But the type of help that they need might be different. Dyslexia doesn’t affect intelligence, and in fact, a lot of Dyslexic people have been very successful it affects the way people learn.
2. It’s a Pretty Old Condition
The first mention of Dyslexia was way back in 1896. Dr W. Pringle Morgan wrote that a teenager Percy F had always been a “bright and intelligent boy, quick at games, and in no way inferior to others of his age. His great difficulty has been – and is now- his inability to learn to read.” This shows that Dyslexia is not a new phenomenon and despite what some people might say, it did exist back in their day it just wasn’t diagnosed – or wasn’t diagnosed in the correct manner.
3. Boys and Girls
Unlike other conditions such as Dyspraxia or Autism, Dyslexia occurs between boys and girls at the same percentage. It is diagnosed differently but the occurrence is the same.
4. There Are A Lot Of Us
In fact, as many as 1 in 5 people have dyslexia. About 20% of the general population. While this number has been constant for quite a while, it might seem that there is an increase in Dyslexic people being diagnosed due to increased awareness and acceptance of the diagnosis.
5. Our Condition Won’t Stop Us
Despite our difficulties with language, some of the best authors of the 21st century are Dyslexic, these include Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anne Rice & John Irving. We also tend to succeed in business with 4 out of the 6 Sharks in Shark Tank (The USA equivalent to Dragons Den) being dyslexic. Furthermore, it’s estimated that 1/3rd of all U.S. Entrepreneurs have Dyslexia. That’s a pretty big deal, so don’t underestimate us!
6. We Often Think Outside The Box
Following on from the last point, the reason we tend to be authors, artists, musicians or entrepreneurs, is that we are able to think outside the box and see the bigger picture. While we often struggle with minute details, we approach things with a different point of view and are usually able to see ideas that others, who think linearly, would not.
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