The Importance of Supporting the Dyslexic Strengths of Students

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Carroll Connection, Winter 2018


This article was originally featured in the Winter 2018 edition of Carroll Connection. In this edition we asked our students how we are doing on our mission to give each child what he or she most needs. Read what they had to say. (Article 4 of 8)

Dyslexic Advantages

Children with dyslexia often have prolific talents. At Carroll, we think of these as superpowers and we aim to show children that dyslexia is a gift to share with the world.

We asked students what is the dyslexic advantage and how Carroll supports it …
 

Luc Alonzo (5th grade): Dyslexic advantage is basically that your brain works differently. You may not be good at reading but you may be good at physics, science, or math. My superpower is being able to memorize patterns.

 

Katie Byers (6th grade): Everyone struggles with something. But there are also advantages - such as creativity in music, art and acting.

 

 

Bini Hill (6th grade): It’s like your senses - when one is weak, another gets stronger. When you have trouble reading, other areas get stronger.

 

 

Keelin Ercolani (8th grade): It’s like iSpy. Others may not see it right away but, to you, it’s so obvious. For me, Carroll has brought out that part especially in the creative arts.

 


Gaius McCubbin (5th grade): Dyslexia helps me to think in different ways. It helps me with puzzles, brain teasers, and thinking games.

 

 

Lauryn Muller (4th grade): One of my superpowers is art. At my old school, my art teacher was like “make sure you do it correctly or you’ll have to do it again.” Here, it’s fun, fun, fun, fun. I love art.

 


 

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