I Wish I Had Dyslexia

Boy…it sucks not having dyslexia because if I had dyslexia…then I would be double-gifted and I would be able to do everything at hyperspeed AND be able to do it basswise ackwards. Hey…maybe I can go for the trifecta and have a bad case of OCD with dyslexia.

I apologize if I offended anyone with this particular post and I especially apologize to anyone who is dyslexic and having trouble reading this post. The following is specifically for those who have this particular “gift.”

Web page source: http://www.dyslexia.com/

Is Asperger’s The New Black?
It’s not easy having a gifted child – especially when every other child is gifted too

There’s a veritable race to define our children as different, as special or gifted. I mean it’s all gone a little bit hyper these past few years, hasn’t it? This rage against the ‘normal’? “What’s normal?” I keep being asked. “My children!” I cry. Both of them are pretty much average. Not too bright. Not too dumb. “Oh you poor thing” is the condescending reply. “You mean they don’t even have Auditory Processing Disorder? Aren’t they even allergic to nuts?”

The parental urgency to have your child stand out in the competitive child market has established a crazy race to the bottom. Wild-child? A misfit? Aspergers? Gifted? ADD? ADHD? APD? What’s your baby’s Unique Selling Point?

Source: Is Asperger’s The New Black?

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  • http://addmsorboth.blogspot.com/ Scott Hutson

    Too many gifts to remember for us gifted people. ;)

  • betsy davenport, phd

    Gifters. My new term for the Delusionals who consider disabilities to be gifts. They are about as sensible as the Birthers. Evidence means nothing to them.

    Please use the term, spread it.

    • Jeff

      I like it!! Gifters. Birthers. Drifters. Drillers (as in “Drill Baby Drill”).

  • Everbloom63

    Whats up with the backwards picture? Is that for people with dyslexia to read? If so that’s very rude. I have dyslexia and I can read fine. It’s not just reading that’s affected, its your hole life and trust me, if you really knew what its like to have dyslexia then you would have never posted this. Many people with dyslexia have been beaten for having it. Lean your facts before posting something that others can see and easily be offended by because I sure was.

    • http://jeffsaddmind.com Jeffs ADD Mind

      I apologize for any misinterpretation of this post. It was not meant to be insulting. It *was* meant to poke fun at someone who refers to dyslexia as a gift. BTW, ADHD, like dyslexia, affects all aspects of life.

  • Rhavyn

    I find being able to read upside down and backwards – quite funny – (I am dyslexic) and I laugh at myself when I make mistakes and consider it – just another day – so what if I do something odd – If I did it normal? Who would notice? I see the world in a different perspective because I am dyslexic. So – I read something backward or type a word in an odd spelling. Ok it happened – Fine. Move on. Take things lightly and laugh at yourself. You’re going to spend your whole life with it, might as well find humor with it and make it work for you. Something is only insulting if you take it personally. Dyslexics and Dyscalculates are people who function outside the box…why try to make yourself fit into one? Break it and make your own and maybe it has 6 walls and 8 sides and 12 doors and 5 escape hatches and 20 windows…but make your world yours, and not what others or you think others think you should be.

    • http://jeffsaddmind.com Jeffs ADD Mind

      “Dyslexics and Dyscalculates are people who function outside the box…why try to make yourself fit into one?” – Nicely stated.

  • Gregory

    OCD, ADHD, Dyslexia is just me or does anyone else struggling with or gifted with it write poems, don’t ask me why, just wondering

    • http://jeffsaddmind.com Jeffs ADD Mind

      If they are out there writing poems…they are not telling us if they have ‘the gift.’

  • AkKarasu

    People – I have had dyslexia all my life and I am now 40 something.

    I accept it as a part of who I am. I do not take things seriously when people poke fun at it. I have learned to laugh at myself and blow it off.

    Find humor in it. People make fun of all sorts of things – people see fault in things when they are bitter about it. Let it go. Don’t be bitter. Just smile at it.

    It’s apart of who you are. I have embraced the fact that I am dyslexic, dyscalculate and ADHD in the head. Sometimes I do stupid dyslexic things and sometimes? It’s other things. But getting angry and frustrated with it doesn’t help you or the people around you. You can’t change how you are, or how your brain works but you can change your thinking and approach about it and how you let it affect your life.

    I have great mechanisms for reading and other things but it’s still there in the background and sometimes comes out when I am really tired. I take that as a cue that maybe I need to take a break or maybe I am just darn tired because its 1am and should go to sleep!

    Find humor in others interpretations of dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, or other learning disability and don’t think of yourself as disabled. You’re not. Your brain just works differently. Doesn’t make you any less intelligent, and certainly should not be allowed to affect your humor about it all.

    Do not let Dyslexia or Dyscalulia or ADHD define you and rule your life. Ruin your humor and let it be the reason for not achieving something or let it be the cause of your anger or frustration. Take control and find ways to deal with it and make things work and break away from identifying with it in a negative way. Turn it around and make it a positive. Define yourself by your successes not your setbacks.

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