Olivia Taylor

Neurodiversity - Dyslexia

What is dyslexia?

The NHS website says that “Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling.”

Dyslexia is a neurodiversity – a different way of thinking and processing the world. 

Everyone with dyslexia will experience it differently and may struggle – especially at school – if they do not get the help they need. 

However, there are a lot of benefits to Dyslexia too!  

What are the benefits of having Dyslexia? 

The benefits can include: 

  • Creativity – people with Dyslexia are often can create things that other people can’t as they see the world in a different way 
  • Good spatial knowledge – research has shown that people with Dyslexia can be especially skilled at manipulating 3D objects in their mind – making them great in creative industries like fashion and design
  • Problem solving – due to the way that people with dyslexia are able to see the world differently, they are often apt at seeing solutions that others can’t

How can you study with Dyslexia?

Here are some techniques to help meet your full potential when studying with Dyslexia: 

  • Use text-to-speech and dictation technology to help yourself read information and write essays (these are inbuilt in Microsoft Office products such as Word) 
  • Use mind maps or record audio notes instead of writing linear notes – in general, keep note taking to a minimum 
  • Focus on creating a realistic study plan 
  • Study little and often – in chunked 10 or 20 minute bursts (Make use of the “Pomodoro technique”!)
  • Read your notes out loud/ Discuss ideas with others 

People with Dyslexia can be just as successful as anyone else, with the right techniques. In fact, their neurodiversity can lead them to being very creative and great problem solvers who see solutions to problems that others miss!