What is the difference between dyslexics and normal thinkers?

Imagine learning to drive a manual stick shift car but your teacher only knows how to drive an automatic car. Naturally confusions would occur. The teacher expects you to go into drive and step on the gas to move. However, manual cars doesn’t work that way.

Watch the video where I explain the analogy much better.

Stick Shift Thinker
A Mind Map of the Stick Shift Thinker video

When it comes to learning to read and learning to study, how do dyslexics and normal thinkers differentiate?

We can see it as the difference between a manual car and an automatic car. You’ll have a manual thinker and an automatic thinker. A manual thinker goes into one gear then to the next gear then the next. An automatic thinker just go into drive and the car will automatically change the gears for the driver.

Imagine having to learn a manual stick shift car however, your teacher only knows how to ride an automatic car. The teacher, typically, would direct you to push the car to drive mode then put on the gas. The manual car, now on first gear, naturally moves forward. Celebrations will be cut short at a junction where the car abruptly stopped. Nobody knows why. The teacher would easily blames your car. This doesn’t happen in his own car. You are left confused thinking ‘what am I doing wrong?’ You put your foot full throttle on the gas revving yet the car is only going at 30 Miles per Hour, overheating the engine. Now your thinking, ‘There really is something wrong with my car.’

Imagine, someone got in and showed you how to change the gears properly. He won’t just push it in drive and go full throttle. He will teach you how to do the clutch control and go easy on the gas. You are now driving smoothly going 50-60 Miles per Hour.

One in ten cars are stick shift cars. One in ten people are dyslexic. They are manual thinkers who needed to be taught how to go up each gear. It doesn’t mean that your car is any less powerful than a manual car. There are manual Ferrari cars as well as automatic Ferraris. Both of them packed heavy horsepower but operates differently.

So if you’re a systematic thinker you need to systematically go up these four or five gears and drive smoothly. Someone has to teach you how to do it. It could be a teacher, a tutor or a specialist. Someone who understands how to go up the gears with ease. Someone who lets you realise the full range of your capabilities.

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Darius Namdaran

Darius Namdaran

Darius is a teacher and MD of BulletMap™ Studio. He's passionate about helping dyslexic children, and their parents, get through High School with their confidence intact. From his own experience with dyslexia and raising children with dyslexia he has developed an online training business designed to equip and encourage dyslexic teenagers in their journey through High School.
His company produces Mindmap videos full of tips and encouragement to help understand dyslexia and to thrive in High School.
He is the designer and senior tutor of the first Mind mapping course for Dyslexic Teenagers called the BulletMap Method.

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