Recognizing and Promoting the Strengths of Dyslexic Children

Children with Dyslexia should not be defined only by their specific, inherited weaknesses in written language acquisition. Rather, the strengths of these children must be recognized in the first years of elementary school and supported accordingly. This can be an important prevention against potential mental illness.

In the German-speaking world, professionals mostly focus on the deficits of dyslexic children. Their individual strengths are often pushed into the background. Parents can have a positive influence here if they do not compare the children with their own school and professional history. Even if children have inherited good learning abilities, they are still, starting at birth, independent personalities who need to be encouraged and supported.

Parents who are aware of Dyslexia in their own backgrounds can often respond to their children with understanding and empathy. The past of those affected plays an important role here, because dyslexic parents have dealt with their situation in different ways. Some were able to successfully compensate for their Dyslexia, while others never overcame their difficulties. This is also reflected in the upbringing of their own children.

When learning problems are identified in children, an individual and scientifically based determination of Dyslexia is very important. Only then is there a real chance that dyslexic children will manage their difficulties well. This should already be done during the primary school years. The earlier the problems are recognized and overcome, the more one can avoid psychological burdens on the children. A stable family and school environment plays a decisive role here, which promotes the children’s existing strengths. This can be, for example, various sports activities, the children’s university for scientifically gifted children, a musical education, or creative associations. Dyslexic children are often gifted in many ways. This needs to be focused on and encouraged. Only then will these children grow up to be mentally healthy individuals.

If, on the other hand, the problems are not recognized – or even ignored – emotional difficulties can result for the children. These difficulties can then affect their self-image and motivation to learn. It is therefore important that parents not neglect or ignore their children’s learning problems. Undetected Dyslexia can have an unfavorable impact on the mental health of those affected, well into adulthood.

Our conclusion is: early identification of Dyslexia, and support of children by means of individual learning therapy, have a favorable effect on the development of their existing talents and resources.

 

Bekannte Personen mit Legasthenie

  • Agatha Christie (1890-1976, englische Krimiautoren)
  • Albert Einstein* (1879-1955, deutscher Physiker, Entdecker der Relativitätstheorie)
  • Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980, britischer Filmregisseur und Filmproduzent, besonders von Krimis)
  • Anita Roddick (britische Unternehmerin, The Body Shop Gründerinnen, Friedensaktivisten)
  • Andrej Ammann (Jahrgang 1973, Ex-Nationalcoach, moderner Fünfkampf und Autor des Buches Dudle)
  • Auguste Rodin (1840-1917 französische Bildhauer „die Bürger von Calais“ und „der Kuss“)
  • Betarice Mountbatten-Windsor (Prinzessin von York)
  • Benjamin Zephaniah (Dichter, Musiker, Schriftsteller)
  • Bill Gattes (Gründer von Microsoft und drittreichster Mensch der Welt)
  • Bill Heweltt (Mitbegründer von Hewlett-Packard)
  • Charles Darwin (Erfinder der Evolutionstheorie)
  • Cherno Jobatey (deutscher Fernsehmoderator und Journalist)
  • Diego Maradona (argentinischer Fußballer)
  • Dominic O`Brien (Autor, Unternehmenstrainer, Gedächtniskünstler)
  • Dustin Hoffman (amerikanischer Filmschauspieler)
  • Ernst Hemingway (1899-1961, amerikanischer Schriftsteller)
  • Ferdinand Karl Piëch (Jahrgang 1937, Porsche-Enkel und Vorsitzender der VW AG)
  • Francois Mitterrand (1916-1996, französischer Staatspräsident)
  • Frank Ansbeck (Gründer der SolarWorld AG und bekennender Legastheniker)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, amerikanischer Präsident)
  • Fred J. Epstein (amerikanischer Pionier in der Neurochirurgie)
  • Galileo Galilei (Physiker, Astronom Philosoph)
  • George S. Potton (US-General im Zweiten Weltkrieg)
  • George Busch (amerikanischer Präsident)
  • Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875, dänischer Schriftsteller)
  • Helene Taussig (österreichische Malerin, Holocaustopfer)
  • Hugues Aufray (französischer Sänger)
  • Ingvar Kamprad (Ikea-Gründer)
  • Jack Nickolson (amerikanischer Schauspieler)
  • Jackie Stewart (Formel 1 Fahrer und 27. als Weltmeister)
  • Jan de Bouvire (Möbel-Designer)
  • Johannes Gutenberg (1397-1468, Erfinder der Buchdruckkunst)
  • John Irving (US-amerikanischerer Romanautor)
  • John Lennon (englischer Musiker, einer der vier Beatles)
  • John Skoylkes (englischer Neurowissenschaftler und Evolutionspsychologe)
  • Jules Verne (Autor und Schriftsteller)
  • Jürgen Fliege (evangelischer Pfarrer Autor, TV-und Radiomoderator)
  • Karl XVI. Gustaf König von Schweden (und seine Tochter Victoria sowie Madeleine von Schweden)
  • Keira Knightley (amerikanische Schauspielerin)
  • Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1529, italienischer Bildhauer, Maler, Architekt, Ingenieur und Forscher)
  • Lord Richard Rogers (Architekt Centre Georges Pompidou, Europäischer Gerichtshof für Menschenrechte in Straßburg)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven (Musiker, Komponist)
  • Michael Jackson (amerikanischer Pop-Sänger und Entertainer)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Musiker und Komponist)
  • Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, französischer Feldherr und Kaiser)
  • Nigel Kennedy (Violinen virtuose)
  • Orlando Bloom (Schauspieler)
  • Pablo Ruzi Picasso (Künstler und Maler)
  • Prinz Charles (König von England)
  • Richard Branson (britischer Unternehmer und Ballonfahrer)
  • Robby William (Sänger)
  • Salvador Dali* (spanischer Maler, Bildhauer und Schriftsteller)
  • Sir Steven Redgrave (Olympia-Ruderer)
  • Steven Hawkins (Astrophysiker in Cambridge, England)
  • Steve Jobs (Mitbegründer von Apple Macintosh)
  • Stephen Spielberg (amerikanischer Filmregisseur von Schindlers Liste)
  • Thomas Edison* (Erfinder der Glühlampe)
  • Thommy Hilfinger (Modedesigner)
  • Walt Disney (1901-1966, amerikanischer Trickfilmproduzent, Susi und Strolch, Bambi, Dumbo)
  • Whoopi Goldberg (amerikanische Schauspielerin)
  • Winston Churchill (bedeutendster britischer Staatsmann)

 

*Es gibt verschiedene Aussagen, das diese Personen auch Probleme mit dem Rechnen hatten. Daher liegt es wahrscheinlich sehr nahe, dass es sich dabei um Kombinationen einer Dyskalkulie/Legasthenie handelten, könnte.

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They will never truly understand us

The Scottish race driver and dyslexic Jackie Stewart once attended a dyslexic-researchers science convention and said: “They will never truly understand what it means to be dyslexic. It doesn`t matter how much experience you have in that field and it doesn`t matter whether your own children are dyslexic – you will never understand how it is to feel humbled throughout childhood, getting told you`ll come to nothing – over and over again.”

Jackie Stewart won the 27th F1-Grand-Prix, and his perception gives science a good, central idea, for he speaks from own experience.
All those researchers can scientifically go over us with a fine-tooth comb, however, not understand us, when it is not from own experience.

A good many of those affected here in Dresden, tell us similar stories and confirm what Stewart said. Nevertheless, how could a non-dyslexic be sympathetic about how it feels being perceived as “spaz” or “dork” by parents, friends or teachers. And about having much bother and struggle while schooldays and being embarrassed by being dyslexic due to the others lack of grasp and empathy.
The vast majority of people isn`t able to relate to the fact that dyslexics inherently think, learn and perceive differently. That is not to say they aren`t intelligent – they are, and have quite often particular competencies. In contrast to those who suffer from acquired weakness in spelling.
Looking at biographies of other dyslexic-affected people, for instance Jackie Stewart, Michael Jackson or Andy Warhol, you`ll see they all underwent similar issues. Steve Jobs, the late Apple`s inventor, as well made his way through such problems and became a successful businessman. And he is just one of numerous dyslexic-affected innovative businesspeople.
They all cut their own paths – although those were bumpy roads to success.

Übersetzung ins englische von Tabea Osswald