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Dyslexia Isn’t a Limitation

Hello. I’m Lindsey Binford and I have dyslexia.

Does this change the way you think of me? One of the first things I tell the students I work with is, “Everyone is different. We think differently. Everyone has something they are amazing at; something that comes naturally to them. And they have things that they just don’t get. It isn’t a lack of trying or their fault. It is just how we are made.” Then I share with them my “goods” and “bads”. I’ll share them with you now. 🙂

I’m a funny person. I love to make myself laugh and if others enjoy my humor then that’s a bonus. I love to be witty and write poems, make up songs, or tell imaginative stories on the fly. I love to free think and come up with games or activities. Within my work, I love to find out how a person thinks and learns; and relay that information to them so they can know how they “work best”. I love to solve the mysteries of a student’s learning.

Now for the things that are not my favorite. I take forever to read books. FOREVER!!! Sometimes I read a page and then I have to read it all over again because I have no idea what I just read. I can’t read maps or flowcharts. I can’t spell many simple words, like restaurant. (but you wouldn’t know that because I have spell check.)

What is dyslexia?

Dyslexia is caused by a phonological processing problem. It has nothing to do with seeing words, but rather with manipulating sounds. For example, most people can read the word “majestic” quite fluidly and continue on with the remainder of the sentence. People with dyslexia have to breakdown the word into parts, “ma-jes-tic”. So think about doing that with multiple words while reading. All this time spent decoding (breaking apart the words) makes it hard to keep up with peers and maintain comprehension. With spelling, a person may spell the word “house” as “hows”.

Dyslexia affects 1 in 5 people.

It is on a continuum, meaning, one person may have mild while another is considered severe. It runs in families. YAY! Within my family we have two poor spellers, a poor reader, and a combo. Also amongst those same people we have a retired preschool assistant director, a successful business owner, an educational diagnostician, and a service repairman. I say that because people with dyslexia aren’t dysfunctional. They aren’t delayed.

People with dyslexia are capable of learning and many are intellectually gifted. There is at least one student in every classroom that has dyslexia. Given the appropriate interventions, they can take those unexpected reading and writing differences and learn successfully to rewire their brain. Dyslexia isn’t an academic death sentence, it is just a different way to look at the world. Dyslexia isn’t a limitation. Let’s work on helping students with dyslexia identify their strength while not forgetting to work on the areas that aren’t their favorite.

If you think you or someone in your family has dyslexia and would like an evaluation so you have information to receive interventions and supports, give us a call! We would love to work with you!


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