How dyslexia affects a child's work ethic and future success

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People with Dyslexia have a brain the functions slightly differently. And very often, they have a right hemisphere that is very strong and while that makes it more difficult to read, that may also result in increased creativity and abilities to solve nonverbal sorts of problems. In addition, people with Dyslexia often have to work really hard because they are compensating for the fact they cannot read as well. And so, that hard work ethic can often result in people being very successful. So you see people with Dyslexia who have been successful in many different areas. So for example, science, Albert Einstein is a great example. In business, in entrepreneurs, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Donald Trump have all been reportedly diagnosed with Dyslexia. And then in sports, a successful person is Magic Johnson. And then of course in entertainment, Jay Leno, Henry Winkler, Channing Tatum have all been diagnosed with Dyslexia.

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Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Sandra Loo is Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Loo is a child clinical psychologist and works clinically in the Medical Psychology Assessment Center and UCLA ADHD Clinics. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment of childhood psychiatric disorders such as ADHD and Dyslexia. Before coming to UCLA, Dr. Loo was director of two outpatient clinics specializing in the diagnostic and neurocognitive assessment of attention and learning disorders at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Massachusetts where she worked with Dr. Russell Barkley.

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