OPINION: Talents in different areas

OPINION, by Clair Morton - DEX reporter

WATCHING Maclean girl Isley Hermansen's touching video about living with dyslexia, I wasn't surprised that so many of the world's greatest innovators and game changers were dyslexic.

Not only for the fact that it is estimated to affect about 1 in 10 people, but because those with the condition have to overcome obstacles in daily life that many of us don't even consider, creating a different way of thinking that can lead to spectacular results.

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I grew up watching my younger sister struggle with the hurdles of severe dyslexia within the public school system, so much so that she left before the end of Year 10.

What she didn't realise, and what the school system didn't cater for, was the fact that she was a remarkably quick learner when given the opportunity to learn through hands-on techniques.

Engaging children in kinetic and auditory learning is something that schools are slowly embracing, and it is just one of the simple things that can be done to help people who don't excel at reading and/or writing.

Another is getting rid of the social stigma, which can lead to sufferers feeling 'dumb' or inadequate.

People with dyslexia are just as smart as anyone else. Their talents just lie in areas other than reading and writing.

My dad, who is also dyslexic, is the owner of a successful business and my sister has made our whole family proud as a talented hairdresser and salon owner.

They have both done exactly what Sir Richard Branson urged other people with the condition to do during an appearance on Sunrise yesterday morning - do what you're exceptional at, and let other people deal with the rest.

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