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The Neurolearning Short Definition of Dyslexia

Today I’ll read the Neurolearning Short Definition of Dyslexia. Parts of it may sound a little complicated, but don’t worry! In the videos that follow I’ll explain what each part means. For now, just focus on the big picture, and get a general sense for what it means to be dyslexic. Ok? Here goes:

  • Dyslexia is a brain-based processing difference that is associated with a wide range of cognitive benefits and challenges.
  • It is present in up to 20% of the US population.
  • Dyslexia-associated challenges center on difficulties developing fluent and automatic mastery of basic skills related to reading and spelling, such as decoding, sight word recognition, and fluent oral reading.
  • These challenges are often unexpected in relation to other higher order cognitive abilities.
  • Challenges are also often seen with other rote or procedural academic skills such as handwriting, written mechanics, math facts, and rote memory.
  • Dyslexic brains show more “noisy” or variable conduction of signals between brain cells, leading to difficulties in processing finely detailed sound, visual, and sequential information.
  • This affects the development of automaticity in basic skills, leading to a reliance on the use of conscious (declarative) memories formed through personal experience, and used for mental simulation.
  • Due to the resulting strengths in mental simulation, dyslexic individuals often excel in areas like 3D spatial reasoning, systems-based reasoning, story based reasoning, pattern recognition, and predictive abilities.
  • Dyslexic strengths in divergent creativity, emotional empathy, and incidental learning are well-documented.
  • Dyslexic minds also tend to show a more diffuse attentional framework, which is optimized for exploring new opportunities, and which creates both value for human society and opportunities for dyslexic individuals.

That’s our definition. Now, join me we explore, bit by bit, the important meaning of each part of this definition in more detail.

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