Must admit I did not intend to post over half-term as I wanted to spend time with my kids. However, I feel very strongly about Sayed's comments and feel that I must address some of the points that he has raised.
I have read many of your posts and have the greatest of respect for what you have achieved in the face of adversity however, your views regarding dyslexia, its causes and the effect, are to say the least clearly uninformed. I make no apology if you are offended by this statement.
However, to be honest, so far I have done well without all the extra help I could be provided even achieving better then some of my fellow pupils.
I find myself understanding something better if I know all the facts and apply (“see”) how they all inter-relate; maths was my best subject.
The reason that you acheived better in maths than your peers is a consequence of the way a dyslexic brain functions - Dyslexics typically have strengths in visual-spatial abilities
On a basic level, those with strong visual-spatial abilities are better at puzzles, and construction activities. The ability to understand dimensionality means that skills such as map reading are superior based on the ability to visualize a 3D image from a 2D plan. It is this ability to process information through pictures rather than words which provides the ability to think holistically, which can evade the auditory learner.
Dyslexics have strengths in skills such as how numbers and shape relate to each other and recognising patterns. The ability to quickly recognise patterns shows itself very early in primary school in areas such as grasping the concept of odd and even numbers, rather than learning these by rote, even when the pupil is struggling to attain literacy skills.
Strong visual-spatial skills provides the ability to see the end product, or the complete picture more quickly. This provides a distinct advantage for subject areas, which require an overall picture before work commences rather than approaching in stages e.g. interior design, architecture, and engineering. This is why dyslexics can outperform their peers and their literacy difficulties overlooked
To be honest, when I'm in A&E and have a patient that's dying in front of me, I can't put my hand up "i've got dyslexia, do i get extra time".
Sayed...A dyslexic often has excellent verbal skills and can demonstrate verbally a good understanding of subject area or show strong imagination despite being unable to replicate this through writing. Extra time is therefore given so that dyslexic pupils can demonstrate thier ability on paper..dyslexia does not impair ability to make decisions under the circumstances which you describe.
I cannot understand the ignorance of people who say it is an excuse for stupidity or a "middle-class" invention that doesn't exist. I also find it annoying that Dyslexics are written off as "slow".
Maybe the above statement by the critics is harsh, a bit too extreme but I have to agree that it is being made a big deal of especially by that aforementioned group.
As the parent of three children with varying degrees of learning difficulties, all of whom perfom well at school owing to early identification (by parents rather than professionals ) and intervention (orchestrated by parents), I am somewhat concerned by your attitude. Further, in the context that you are at medical school, I find your comments extremely alarming and worrying for the next generation. One can only hope that you do not intend to specialise in paediatrics.
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