Dyslexic and Gifted

The good news is that dyslexics are super smart!

Most dyslexics are of average to above average intelligence.  In fact, many of the students who I work with are twice exceptional, meaning a child is both gifted and dyslexic.  The child's intelligence masks the underlying disability of dyslexia because he is able to compensate for his disability.  However, this does not mean that he is not struggling to read and spell.  It means that dyslexics are of such high intelligence that they are compensating to look like average students 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.

Check out these cool dyslexics!


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.