Dyslexia and Blog Writing

Just to mention I have dyslexia. This causes me to not only be very creative 😉 but also to use the incorrect word. I think I’m writing or saying one word when in fact I’m writing or saying another. I don’t always catch this and a spell-check won’t either. In fact, my spelling is actually pretty good minus some minor weirdness such as using quotes for I”m instead of I’m. Also, I might transpose letters but a spell check would pick that up.

To note, there is a lot of myth and misconception about what dyslexia is and how it affects people. Each person who experiences dyslexia, can experience it quite differently.

Before anyone thinks I read below grade level or can’t comprehend what people are saying, that isn’t the case for me. In fact, I’m considered a gifted individual with a high IQ and EQ. 😉 … just to note. 🙂 I AM; however, an abstract thinker and sometimes people can’t *get* what I’M saying. 😉

If that’s the case, just say so. *grin*

More on dyslexia

Personal: Dyslexia

Tom West suggests that left-hemisphere deficiencies, such as dyslexia, are fundamentally linked to right-hemisphere strengths, such as visual thinking, spatial ability, pattern recognition, problem solving, heightened intuition and creativity. http://talentdevelop.com/character.html

I have dyslexia. It feels like a mild case. The problems I encounter are: parts of words or parts of whole sentences may be missed and words can come out sounding funny. The wrong word or a similar word may be used instead. Also sometimes I reverse letters. There are other minor things I do that are dyslexic. Like reverse thinking.

The weirdest thing I have experienced is: after I write something, it looks right but when I go back and re-read it at a later date, I’m like: “what? I meant to say this or that”. That can be annoying because many people perceive that as a grammar or spelling problem and do not realize that it’s actually dyslexia.

Also, I don’t experience ALL dyslexic things and only recently have I found problems with using the wrong words, via the computer, since the last 6 months or so. I have had the letter reversal and thinking backwards stuff for a long time though.

My memory is also excellent and apparently many dyslexics have problems with memory. Also I used to have problems with comprehension but then I learned to read very quickly and find the *meaning* of sentence and focused on the word choices for hidden meaning instead. I think of myself as an abstract thinker.

It wasn’t aware of all this until my partner started working with children who learn differently, that I accepted that I had dyslexia. Apparently it’s a sign of someone who is quite bright and artistic. *grin*


Linda Kreger Silverman – from her book Upside-Down Brilliance – referring to West’s book: In the Mind’s Eye: Visual Thinkers, Gifted People With Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties, Computer Images and the Ironies of Creativity

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