• Bill Allen

Shattering the Myths of Dyslexia. Myth #2: Dyslexic Children are Lazy

If you ask the parent of any dyslexic child, they will tell you their child is anything but lazy. The only arena in which a dyslexic child has ever been described lazy is the academic setting. I will tell you that “lazy” is an inappropriate word to use to describe dyslexic children. The word that best describes a dyslexic child who exudes lazy-type symptoms is “discouraged.”

Simply put, dyslexic children become discouraged due to the lack of adequate teaching tools required to fit their learning style and bring them success in learning to read and write. If you provide dyslexic readers with the right tools, then they can learn to read fluidly and correctly. Being able to read is so important because it allows dyslexic children to compete academically with their peers and at the same time avoid the dreadful self-esteem issues that so many discouraged dyslexic learners go through when learning to read with phonics.

Moreover, dyslexic readers are anything but lazy. In fact, they are incredibly hard workers who can become over-achievers. Dyslexic readers who overachieve are usually keenly aware of what they can't do well and what they can do well. So whether it is art, drama, music, sport, business, or strategy, a significant percentage of dyslexics find an area where they excel. They then hone their skills and focus in on developing that talent. This is great; however, it is also sad because many dyslexic learners may not discover a successful outlet and fulfill their potential. Our dyslexic children have so much to offer to society.

One final thought…with the impending knowledge-based workforce shortage on the horizon in the USA, it is imperative dyslexic children learn to read proficiently so they may be able to move into middle school without the devastating self-esteem issues that have plagued so many of us for the last 100+ years. The minds of most dyslexic learners represent an untapped resource in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) that are presently being craved by the knowledge-based industries. If the USA is able to achieve reading proficiency for dyslexics, then two things will take place:

  1. Dyslexic learners will have the opportunity to develop the full potential of their mind, and…

  2. The USA's economy will have more creative minds to help it maintain its leadership role in the world in the 21st century.

Innovation and the USA’s knowledge-based industries will be what maintain our economy and standard of living that we enjoy presently in this country. From Albert Einstein to George Patton, Steven Spielberg to Thomas Edison, the list of dyslexic learners who have made remarkable contributions to America (and the world) is a long one. Yet there are so many children growing up today who are misdiagnosed and or under-served by current dyslexia programs simply because they have no access to them - because of a variety of reasons including cost and limited access. Magical I Am, accessible to anyone with a mobile device, gives those millions of potentially gifted children the chance to learn and excel, and perhaps change the world.