Dyslexia in Society
People with dyslexia are often highly creative and original. They usually succeed through sheer hard work and determination. They are valuable members of a working team.
Recent research showed that a high proportion of self-made millionaires are dyslexic, probably because they had the tenacity and self-belief to succeed.
Famous People with Dyslexia
General George S Patton
Hans Christian Andersen
Lynda La Plante
Leonardo da Vinci
W B Yeats
Studies: 35% of U.S. entrepreneurs have dyslexia –
A study out of the Cass Business School in London shows that: 35% of U.S. entrepreneurs are dyslexic, compared with just 1% of corporate managers.
All in the Mind – The Economist print edition.
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15th September 2008
Congratulations to Louis Barnett, 16, from Kinver.
A 16-year-old entrepreneur is enjoying the sweet taste of success after landing a deal to sell his chocolate bars in supermarket chain Sainsbury’s.
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Some of the ones we have heard are below:
* Dyslexia does not exist.
* You cannot test for dyslexia until the child is seven years of age.
* You can cure dyslexia.
* Dyslexia is a middle-class syndrome.
* Dyslexia is a term used for people who are backward.
* If you cannot read you must be dyslexic.
* If you cannot spell you must be dyslexic.
* If you can spell well, you cannot have dyslexia.
* If you do not reverse your letters i.e., b/d’s, p/b’s you cannot be dyslexic.
* If you do not reverse letters you must be dyslexic.
* There is no definitive test for dyslexia.
* If you force a child to read every day with you they will eventually learn to read.
* Bad parenting causes dyslexia.
* You cannot have dyslexia if you are ‘gifted’.
* You cannot have dyslexia if you have a low intelligence level.
* You can outgrow dyslexia.
* Dyslexia does not affect children in other countries.
* The majority of teachers know about dyslexia.
If you have heard about any myths regarding dyslexia, please let us know, and we may be able to include them in the list above?
Dyslexia & Music
There has been a lot of discussions over the years as to whether music helps students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties. There have been several research papers which appears to support this theory, However, no sooner does a research paper seem to support this approach, we see another one that looks to challenge it. As with other things, I leave this to the reader to make their mind up.
You will find some details of research below and others will be added shortly.
Catalyst of Dysgraphia
A very unusual piece of music that gives other dyslexics some inspiration. Please click on our dyslexiaa2z.com blog.
Music training’s effect on cognition
A study of underprivileged 3- to 5-year-olds from Head Start preschools found significant cognitive improvements after “musical intervention.” Children who received music training had improvements in non-verbal IQ, numeracy and spatial cognition compared to their pre-intervention test scores.
PLAYING Mozart to children with developmental disorders can dramatically improve their language ability, according to a leading speech and language therapist.
Karen O’Connor, who trained in the LiFT music therapy programme in Canada and runs clinics in Dublin and Galway, said she hoped the therapy would become available publicly in Ireland through the health and education systems: “It has been scientifically proven that certain music, in particular, Mozart, has a special effect on opening up the neuropathways – which are like highways to the part of the brain which allow us to attend, listen, absorb and express yourself.”
The programme is used to treat children and adults with disorders such as ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, dyspraxia and autism. O’Connor said one month’s treatment could accelerate language development by up to three years. “The neuroplasticity of the brain is increased, allowing us to take in more information and express ourselves confidently,” she said.
There are not many books on music and dyslexia about, but here are a few I have found:
Music and Dyslexia: A Positive Approach
by Tim Miles, John Westcombe, and Diana Ditchfield (Paperback – 29 Feb 2008)
Music and Dyslexia: Opening New Doors (Dyslexia Series (Whurr)
by Tim Miles and John Westcombe (Paperback – 26 Mar 2001)
Instrumental Music for Dyslexics: A Teaching Handbook (Dyslexia Series (Whurr)
by Sheila Oglethorpe (Paperback – 15 Jan 2002)
The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has an excellent music section. To find out more go to: