Gifted children with dyslexia

Dyslexia often "accompanies extreme giftedness," explains internationally acclaimed educational psychologist Jane M. Healy, PhD. Even if your child is dyslexic, they still are bright and have amazing opportunities, provided professional help and support are given.
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Gifted children with dyslexia

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Dyslexia is a language based difficulty that actually, very often, accompanies extreme giftedness, which seems anomolies because we don't necessarily think that a child who has trouble learning to read might be a very, very bright kid but, in fact, it's true. Many dyslexic adults who have had good support and have compensated for their reading and spelling difficulties, have become architects, famous surgeons, astrophysicists, artists, poets, even novelists. Usually somebody had to check their spelling or maybe even their math, the order that the numbers went in, but overall these are very often very bright people and that's why it's especially important that if your child shows any symptoms of a difficulty like this, which usually will show up around kindergarten or first grade, that you get some attention for this child. Get them tested and get some help.

Dyslexia often "accompanies extreme giftedness," explains internationally acclaimed educational psychologist Jane M. Healy, PhD. Even if your child is dyslexic, they still are bright and have amazing opportunities, provided professional help and support are given.

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Jane M. Healy, PhD

Educational Psychologist

Jane Healy is a teacher and educational psychologist who has worked with all ages from pre-school to graduate school.  Her major research interest has been in finding practical applications of current brain research for teachers and parents.  A graduate of Smith College, she holds a MA from John Carroll University, a PhD from Case Western Reserve University, and post-doctoral work in developmental neuropsychology.  She has served on the faculty of Cleveland State University. Her many years of experience include: parent, classroom teacher, reading/learning specialist, elementary administrator, and clinician.  She is recognized internationally as an author, lecturer, and consultant. She has received international media coverage, including Nightline, Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN and NPR, for her ideas about the impact of technology, media and culture on children's brain development and learning.

Although Jane has received many honors, including being twice named the "Educator of the Year" by Delta Kappa Gamma, she claims that she and her husband have learned most of what they know from the process of raising three sons (and now their six grandchildren).

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