Dyslexia is a different approach to the world. It’s a vision, an understanding, a sensation. It is a lifestyle which is normally comprised of huge amounts of undiscovered talents as well as frustrations. Within coaching dyslexics have a great capasity for mirroring neurons, empathy, strategical thinking, deep understanding threw observation and a strong instinct. In this, dyslexics have a great strength which overcomes all possible weaknesses.
The dyslexic is a natural visionary with a rich personality and exceptional talents that are not recognised enough. A dyslexic has what we call “throw away talents” which means to say that the dyslexic person is constantly having new ideas and solutions within any given situation. They are very instinctive which is useful within decision making, as long as the dyslexic person has learned to trust in this capacity. Understanding and appreciating this way of thinking, learning and seeing the world is possible once one has looked into or lived through it. This is why, it is vital for there to be a deep understanding of dyslexia when coaching a dyslexic individual.
Dyslexia is no longer seen as a disability and Beatrice Sauvageot explains this in her book entitled Goodbye Dyslexia. Dyslexia is now being seen as a strength and one needs to understand this strength when coaching a dyslexic individual. In her book, Beatrice Sauvageot explains that dyslexics should no longer be called dyslexic, but “Ambilexic” because they constantly use both sides of the brain. Dyslexics use 30% of their brain capacity instead of 10% as most people do, and this can create confusion because too much information is being processed for the concentration to be focused on one specific thing. A dyslexic individual learns better if he or she is taught through his or her emotional and intellectual perception.
The learning proses needs to be calm and even joyful in order to permit even greater learning capacity than a non-dyslexic individual could while concentrating directly on specificity. A dyslexic individual needs to trust in his capacity to learn without effort. It is an instinct; a natural capacity. It is the lack of trust in oneself that often incapacitates them. It is also important for non-dyslexics to understand and trust in a dyslexic’s capacity to learn, flourish and react instinctively within any given situation.
Dyslexics have certain strengths and ways of acquiring these strengths that are very concrete, and if a coach does not know about this, then the end goal will not be easy to find, and even if it is found, it will be very difficult to achieve. A coach that has experience in or experienced dyslexia will be able accompany a ambilexic/dyslexic client to his or her greatest potential because there is a deeper understanding of strengths, frustrations, vision, potential and needs.
I will be at the Forum For Fragilities, Malakoff Mederic, at the Musee du Quai Branly Paris, in order to help solve dyslexia within big institutions on the 20th of Jun.