Dyslexia: A Difference, Not a Disability
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More than one-third of all adult entrepreneurs have dyslexia — and practically all the astrophysicists working on black holes have dyslexia, too. And inventors from Leonardo da Vinci to Thomas Edison to Albert Einstein.
The beauty of this brain difference is that the weakness with the written word is balanced, maybe even overshadowed, by strengths in other areas. That dyslexia is a difference, not a disability, is the message that current-day researchers and experts have finally realized, providing countless new resources that change the discussion from stressful to successful. Even Malcolm Gladwell addresses the subject in his new book, David and Goliath.
According to Dr Levinson, calling dyslexia a difference vs.a disorder because some develop compensatory capabilities is absolutely non-sensical. It ignores the majority of failing dyslexics who regress, those dyslexics that are independently gifted despite their dyslexia, not because of it, the continued suffering of gifted dyslexics adulated by misunderstanding observers, the presence of cerebellar-vestibular neurological dysfunction in the vast majority of dyslexics who wouldn’t otherwise respond favorably to inner-ear enhancing medications, etc. By analogy, would anyone consider atrophy of the left arm a non-disorder or even a “gift” simply because one often develop compensatory hypertrophy of the right arm? Better yet, what if that individual with an extra-strong right arm was artistically gifted–even famous. Was his “gift” due to his left arm atrophy? Unlikely! However, those that would believe this obvious fiction clearly lack a meaningful medical understanding as well as a misguided belief that falsification and fantasy are psychotherapeutically beneficial to patients who most desire true understanding and medical help rather than flowers, especially imaginary ones that smell false. A disability by any other name is still a disability, irregardless of favorable outcomes!
About Harold Levinson, M.D.
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. He is a well known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. His “highly original” research into the cerebellar-vestibular (inner-ear) origins and treatment of dyslexia and related learning, attention-deficit/hyperactivity and anxiety or phobic disorders has evolved over the past four decades. Initially supported by Nobel Laureate Sir John Eccles and other outstanding cerebellar neurophysiologists and inner-ear scientists, Levinson’s research has more recently been independently validated worldwide by highly sophisticated neuroimaging brain studies.
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