Dyslexic and Gifted

Higher Intelligence in many dyslexics

Most dyslexics are of average to above average intelligence.  In fact, many of the students I work with are twice exceptional.  This is when the child has been tested into the gifted program and is also dyslexic.  The child's intelligence masks the underlying disability of dyslexia because they are able to compensate for their disability.  However, this does not mean that they are not struggling to read and spell.  It means they are of such high intelligence that they are compensating to look like an average student in the classroom.  

Twice exceptional (dyslexic and gifted) usually fall into three categories. 

1.  Those who are diagnosed with giftedness early but will end up struggling and later being diagnosed with a learning disability. 

2. Those children who were diagnosed with a learning disability and their giftedness ends up being overlooked because of it. Therefore, they never fulfill their potential because they aren't placed in the advanced classes. 

3. Those children who just appear to be average in the classroom because they are neither diagnosed with a learning disability nor are they recognized for their giftedness. These children neither get the remediation they need for their learning disability nor get supplemented for their giftedness. They usually end up struggling needlessly.

It is important to recognize all students with dyslexia regardless of their academic grades in the classroom to ensure they reach their fullest potential.  

Richard Branson is dyslexic and is the founder of the multi-billion dollar company Virgin Group, which controls over 400 companies.  Other famous dyslexics include Walt Disney, Tom Cruise, Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg, and Albert Einstein.



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