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Dyslexia and the Genius

Did you know that one of the greatest intellects in American History struggled with dyslexia? Albert Einstein who developed the general theory of relativity and won several awards for his breakthroughs in science including the Nobel Prize for Physics considered his battle with dyslexia a gift.

In fact, researchers have found that although dyslexics have trouble decoding the written word, they have much creative, cognitive and emotional strength. Some researchers would venture to say that dyslexia is not an indication of a learning disability, but rather an indication of high levels of intelligence. Many famous artists, writers, and scientists have used their gift of dyslexia to leave their mark in history. Steve Jobs, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Edison and Steven Spielberg just to name a few.

If you know a child who has dyslexia, Tutor Eau Claire (TEC) a local literacy outreach organization composed a list of ways to help students struggling with dyslexia:

  • If possible, make sure your child receives help beginning in Pre-K ad Kindergarten.
  • Dyslexic students need direct instruction in phonics to be successful.
  • Special teacher training is available to help dyslexic students.
  • Parents who struggle with reading should get help for themselves. It’s never too late!
  • Model good reading habits. This will encourage your child to read, too.
  • Be patient! These children are not being lazy. They are discouraged.
  • Consistent practice brings rewards. Don’t give up!
  • Never stop reading aloud to your child. As you read with your child, talk about the author’s humor, ideas, and feelings. This will build your child’s vocabulary, enhancing his/her ability to understand the more advanced texts he/she will read in the upper grades.
  • For more resources about dyslexia, visit the Richland Library’s Children’s Room. Read Freely.


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