Updated: Mar 22
Any parent would agree that it’s a horrible feeling to watch your child struggle in school and not know how to help. Struggling students are an epidemic in society, and commonly teachers, nor parents, know how to help. Research has concluded that 18-20% of the population battle with dyslexia, and it is the most common learning disability (Shaywitz & Shaywitz, 2008). Three years ago, a young boy, who was happy, enthusiastic, creative, and an eager to learn second grader, came in for testing and I discovered he couldn’t read or spell anything correctly except for “to, go and the”. I was blown away. How was he functioning in the classroom at all? He had already been held back in Kindergarten, and yet even though it was absolutely obvious that he was not learning to read, he was promoted to first grade, and then again to second grade. The parents were beside themselves with worry and stress, not knowing what to do. The teachers were just as puzzled and discouraged, without resources or the time to help him. Yet he was brilliant, constantly referencing facts from history documentaries that he had watched. He could explain explicit elements of the details from history. His brain was a sponge of information, yet he was unable to transliterate any of his knowledge to paper or even read at a kindergarten level.
The dyslexic brain structure seems like an enigma, yet it’s not. It is perfectly designed. And the wealth of information we have at our disposal about dyslexia is staggering. Yet most people do not understand it. Neurons in the brain function differently than the average brain which makes many aspects of learning difficult. Dyslexia is a delightful design, not a disability. It's a learning difference, not a disability. Design is a beautiful technique for creating something spectacular. It means a blueprint, model, or sketch to show the function or details of any object before it is built or made. If you have ever studied anatomy or physiology of the human body you would understand the intricate detail of design. The body is a spectacular machine, perfectly built by our Master Creator. Every detail is perfect. Neurologically a dyslexic brain is wired differently and is not an accident. Psalms 139:14 says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made." If you believe in a creator God like I do, then as you research the neurologic anatomy of a dyslexic brain then you will discover that every detail of our anatomy is perfectly ordained by God, flaws and all.
Shaywitz, S. E., & Shaywitz, B. A. (2008). Paying attention to reading: the neurobiology of
reading and dyslexia. Yale Dyslexia. http://dyslexia.yale.edu/research-