Dyslexics tend to have ‘good days’ and ‘bad days’
On a ‘bad day’ spelling is the skill that is lost most easily. I can spell a simple commonly used words correctly every day for a year and then maybe on just one specific day I can’t get it! Luckily it does come back to me, and this is the weird thing about dyslexia and hence what is referred to as a bad day.
It is the erratic nature of dyslexia that causes frustration in teachers, employers, and more especially in dyslexics themselves. Information known one day, or even an hour previously, can be lost very easily, giving the impression to the outside observer that the person is not listening or ‘not trying’.
To understand dyslexia is to accept that there is a pattern of difficulties that has an effect neurologically, socially, physically and intellectually.
Dyslexics don’t process information easily from the right to left hemisphere in the brain and vice versa, so information can become muddled or lost, which can create one of those dyslexic dire days.
Those with dominant a right hemisphere often possess creative skills which are lacking in left brain dominant people. However, they may also have poor analytical skills, such as difficulty in organising thoughts and events and directional confusion.
A right brained person in our predominantly left brained world can feel frustrated and lacking in self-esteem. Lack of self-esteem can be made worst by negative self-talk, which may stem from us being teased, tormented and perhaps being bullied as a child, because we were seen as being dumb and stupid.
Your self-esteem is the reputation you have with yourself, it is how you see yourself. Therefore, you have some control over it. Having low self-esteem and dyslexia seems a crappy thing in life. However, if you look at it from a different angle, from that of a successful dyslexic, then you can view it this way. The successful dyslexic has a good healthy self-esteem; they use their dyslexia to their advantage and make things happen for themselves; the best men and women are not those who wait for their chance, but, those who take them.
The good news is, although we have bad or dire days where our gift makes us loss control over what we have already fought to gain, we have a choice and control over other things like our self-esteem. We can make a choice whether we let the world and those in it beat us, or we beat it. Stand up and take your turn at being a successful dyslexic. And in the words of Winston Churchill, never, never, never give up.