Divergent Thinkers & Problem Solvers!
Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that is characterized by difficulties in word recognition, decoding, and spelling due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how to relate to letters and words, and affects areas of the brain that process language.
People with dyslexia experience a different distribution of metabolic activation and failure to the left hemisphere rear brain systems to function properly during reading. Moreover, there is a greater activation in the lower frontal areas of the brain. Studies have found that individuals with dyslexia have less gray matter in the left parietotemporal area, which could lead to problems processing the sound structure of language. It has been indicated that there is less white matter in the same area, which could lessen the ability or efficiency of the region of the brain to communicate with one another.
Twice Exceptionality (2e) and Dyslexia
“Twice Exceptional” is a term used to refer to individuals with one or more disabilities presenting alongside one or more exceptional strengths.
Some broad characteristics of highly gifted children overlap with characteristics of students with Dyslexia. For example, many individuals with Dyslexia exhibit traits such as advanced verbal vocabulary, fluid reasoning and nonverbal problem solving. Students with Dyslexia are often considered creative problem-solvers and referred to as out-of-the-box thinkers.