It’s difficult to understand dyslexia because it’s something you can’t see even if you look at it under a microscope. It’s something that happens inside your head that means your brain works a bit differently from most other people.
Because you can’t see what it looks like it’s hard to describe it in words. That said, we’re now going to attempt to describe something in writing. That might not be the best thing for people who don’t like to read. But it sort of makes the point.
Anyway all we can really do is ‘sort of’ describe what dyslexia is ‘mostly probably’ about from observing individual dyslexic’s behaviour. Even the smart guys don’t agree about what causes it and how to treat it in every case. So whilst this piece covers most of the most up-to-date thinking we do apologise that it’s all a bit ‘definitely maybe’.
Dyslexia is one of those awkward things that’s hard to define. It’s not like having an illness like tonsillitis which is the same in just about everybody and treated the same way. It’s not like having a condition like a broken bone which in most people will heal in 6-8 weeks. The fact is that:
As such dyslexia is counted as a ‘disability’. Although, if you look at the list of famous dyslexics, it doesn’t need to hold you back. Indeed many dyslexic people think it can be a positive asset.
Perhaps the most important thing to realise is that being dyslexic doesn’t mean you’re ‘thick’ or ‘stupid’. In fact many dyslexics are extremely bright – for example Einstein was dyslexic, and you don’t get much more brainy than that.