Eight Dyslexic Talents

© 1994, 1997, 2010 by Ronald Davis. Used with permission.

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Dyslexics don’t all develop the same gifts, but they do have certain mental functions in common. Here are the basic abilities all dyslexics share:

  • They can utilise the brain’s ability to alter and create perceptions (the primary ability).

  • They are highly aware of the environment.

  • They are more curious than average.

  • They think mainly in pictures instead of words.

  • They are highly intuitive and insightful.

  • They think and perceive multi-dimensionally (using all the senses).

  • They can experience thought as reality.

  • They have vivid imaginations.

These eight basic abilities, if not suppressed, invalidated or destroyed by parents or the educational process, will result in two characteristics: higher than normal intelligence, and extraordinary creative abilities. From these the true gift of dyslexia can emerge — the gift of mastery.

The gift of mastery develops in many ways and in many areas. For Albert Einstein it was physics; for Walt Disney, it was art; for Greg Louganis, it was athletic prowess.

Excerpted from “The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some Of The Brightest People Cannot Read And How They Can Learn” by Ronald Davis. Souvenir Press, 1997. Buy a copy.

© 1994, 1997, 2010 by Ronald Davis.