Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton, has officially recognized October as Dyslexia Awareness Month!
Ok, well, October has been Dyslexia Awareness Month for a while now, but it’s nice to see it officially recognized by one of The Guys In Charge.
Anyway, in celebration, I’m going to focus on some of the positive aspects of it, and since my all time favorite holiday, Halloween, is at the end of this month, I’ll do so in a season appropriate fashion – with bats!
This trait may tie in with the fact that many of us are predisposed to being more sensitive to certain things in our environment, but many dyslexics tend to notice details that others wouldn’t. It may also have to do with the fact that we tend to take our time in figuring out what our senses are telling us.
We tend to be big picture thinkers, too. That basically means that we see the general idea before the details make themselves apparent. Because of that, we’re more likely to see connections and patterns that many other folks wouldn’t notice. We also tend to grasp complex issues far more easily than simple ones.
In part because of the way we think and view the world, and in part because we need to function in a world in which we’re the minority, we come up with creative ways to cope. That’s part of why so many of us tend towards professions like the arts, literature, entertainment and science. All of these fields prize that innate creativity and we can flourish in them.
Have you ever come up with the answer for something, but had no idea how you did it? When this happens, it’s said you were able to intuit the solution. This is a strength many dyslexic folks share. I personally don’t know the science behind it, but I have the feeling it may have to do with the unique variety problem solving skills we’d unknowingly fostered since childhood.
Dyslexics tend to be pretty good at spotting various relationships between objects or events. This probably has to do with the natural tendency towards big picture thinking and a slightly heightened awareness of the world around us.
Like the bats I’d made, no two dyslexics are the same, either. These traits may show up in some folks, but not others, and there are many others not listed here that are tied to this unique neurological makeup.
Let’s use this month, and all months, to celebrate our strengths, nurture those who need it and help change the way the world views dyslexia, one person at a time.