Welcome to the last part of our blog series about highlighting the strengths of students with learning differentiations! We have already explored the strengths and abilities of students who experience anxiety and those with ADHD. If you want to refer back to Part 1, click here, or for Part 2, click here! This week we will focus on students with dyslexia. Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that affects reading, spelling, and writing skills. While it can present challenges in traditional educational settings, individuals with dyslexia often possess unique strengths and abilities that can be advantageous in various aspects of life. Let’s take a closer look at its unique characteristics by exploring some strengths commonly associated with students who experience dyslexia.
Strengths of Students with Dyslexia
Creativity: Many individuals with dyslexia have highly creative and innovative minds. They often excel in art, music, design, and problem-solving, where thinking outside the box is essential.
Resilience: Coping with the challenges of dyslexia can foster resilience and determination. These students often learn to persevere during challenges, which can be a valuable life skill.
Excellent problem-solvers: Dyslexic students often approach problems from unique angles and find unconventional solutions. Their ability to think outside the box can be a significant asset in various fields.
Strong visual thinking: Dyslexic students frequently have excellent visual-spatial reasoning abilities. This enables them to grasp complex concepts, think in three dimensions, and visualize solutions to problems.
Strong verbal communication skills: While reading and writing may be challenging, some dyslexic students compensate by developing strong verbal communication skills. They may excel in public speaking, storytelling, and interpersonal communication.
Adaptability: Because they’ve had to adapt to different learning styles and challenges, students with dyslexia develop adaptability and flexibility. They can navigate change and adjust to new situations effectively.
There are many strategies and accommodations that can help individuals with dyslexia. Providing appropriate educational support, such as specialized reading programs and assistive technology, can help individuals with dyslexia leverage their strengths while addressing their challenges. Additionally, while dyslexia can offer unique advantages, it can also be associated with specific learning difficulties that require support and accommodations to thrive academically. To learn more about dyslexia you can visit the International Dyslexia Associations website here. With the right support, dyslexic students can achieve success in both academic and non-academic pursuits.
Thank you for joining us for this three part series on the strengths of students with learning differentiations!
Tiffany Verhoosel is currently a Computer Science teacher in the Baltimore City School District. Coming from a background of business she joined the Baltimore City Teaching Residency over ten years ago to make the career change into education and has never looked back. Her degree from Johns Hopkins, a Master of Science in Digital Age Learning and Educational Technology, helped propel her from Special Educator to her current teaching position where she teaches Kindergarten to eighth grade students how to code.