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Embracing Neurodiversity

The idea of curing dyslexia may be seen as somewhat hurtful, as dyslexia is not an error of nature but rather a part of neurodiversity. A study by Helen Taylor at the University of Cambridge suggests that dyslexia is not a flaw, but rather a survival strategy within society, allowing individuals to approach difficulties in unique ways. It's essential to view dyslexia as part of the diversity of human experiences, rather than a condition that needs to be "cured."

Children with dyslexia can significantly benefit from effective interventions, although it's important to note that these interventions should not be seen as a cure. Dyslexia is a different way the brain works, extending beyond basic reading skills, stemming from language-related challenges in the brain. Individuals with dyslexia may struggle with processing linguistic sounds, decoding words, spelling, and writing. Reading difficulties may persist even after interventions, making reading a deliberate and slower process for many with dyslexia.

Effective programs like Orton–Gillingham, utilizing a systematic and multisensory approach, can assist children with dyslexia in recognizing words. However, this approach requires more effort than conventional methods. Individuals with dyslexia may also make more reading errors, necessitating additional time to review content for accuracy.


It's worth emphasizing that the term "dyslexia" is used in quotation marks, as some individuals may face challenges due to delayed visual development rather than dyslexia. For those who experienced a delay in binocular vision skills, the difficulties in reading may resolve as visual abilities catch up. This is a common occurrence, often mistaken for dyslexia. It's important to distinguish between delayed visual development and dyslexia, as they represent different challenges.


Certain foods, such as fish oil containing Omega-3 fatty acids, have shown positive effects on reading skills, suggesting a physical influence on brain processing. Trials with multivitamins also yielded similar results, supporting the idea that dyslexia involves specific brain processing abilities. Vitamin D3 deficiency is noted to contribute to dyslexia and ADHD symptoms, indicating a link between nutrition and neurodevelopmental disorders.


Acknowledging dyslexia as a facet of neurodiversity rather than seeking a cure is akin to realizing that not everyone is the fastest world runner, but rather, each individual brings unique strengths to the table. Embracing dyslexia involves understanding that proficiency in language is just one aspect of a multifaceted world.

Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide, renowned experts in dyslexia, emphasize the Dyslexic Advantage, highlighting that individuals with dyslexia often excel in various areas beyond language. By recognizing and celebrating these strengths, society can foster an inclusive environment that values the diverse contributions of individuals with dyslexia.

You can find the book Dyslexic Advantage here

Je kan het boek ook in het Nederlands vinden hier Dyslexie als kans hier