‘Children With Dyslexia Are Gifted’: This Young Girl Wants Dyslexic Kids To Realize That The Reading Disorder Is Not A Punishment

By John Drowne, Parent Herald June 06, 04:38 am

A young girl from Union City, California is sharing her story to encourage dyslexic kids like her to consider their selves special just like everyone else. She said that children with dyslexia should realize that the reading disorder is a gift, not a punishment.

Children With Dyslexia Are Gifted

Makayla Halbower, a 9-year-old fourth grader at Prince of Peace School in Fremont, California, wrote on Additude Mag that dyslexia is a challenging condition; however, dyslexic kids like her can always make it through if they will try harder. The young girl, who is the author of the book "Dyslexia Rules!" said that children with dyslexia should not feel that they are being punished because the condition comes with many gifts.

Halbower narrated that just like other children with dyslexia, she once felt bad about having the condition. The dyslexic kid said that she once considered the reading disorder a punishment because it made her feel embarrassed and frustrated with her failures to learn despite trying so hard.

The young girl disclosed that after years of seeing the reading disorder as punishment, she later discovered that children with dyslexia like her are not dumb or stupid. "In fact, I discovered that my brain just works differently, and, in some ways, better than others without a learning difference," the dyslexic kid stated.

What Makes Children With Dyslexia Gifted

Halbower stated that God gave her dyslexia for a reason. She also cited that Albert Einstein and Picasso were sufferers of the reading disorder. Moreover, the young girl also enumerated what made her gifted as one of those children with dyslexia.

The dyslexic kid said that she has a very creative brain and big imagination. She added that she excels in figuring things out and in creating almost anything using her imagination and hands. The young girl also stressed that the reading disorder made her to be good at making artworks and other creative pieces.

"So don't be sad about your dyslexia. Be proud of it. We are as great as everyone else, and sometimes even greater," Halbower stated.

According to Understood.org, dyslexia is the most common learning disability in the U.S. It is estimated that children with dyslexia comprised 17 percent of the U.S. schoolchildren population.

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