Two pipes coming out of a wall are just two pipes coming out of a wall, right? I guess that depends upon who’s looking at them!
My first reaction when I saw this picture was delight. My next thought was, “That artist must be dyslexic.”
I realize that’s a gross generalization. Certainly not all artists are dyslexic. But I have run into so many dyslexic students over the years with an incredible ability to think outside the box! What a gift!
It’s just this kind of talent that can cause students with learning challenges to be so misunderstood. How on earth can they be so bright and creative, so focused and detailed with something they love, but struggle so much in school?
When smart students struggle in school, it is almost always because there are underlying learning/processing skills that are not supporting them well enough; not because they are lazy, unmotivated, or uninterested.
The great news is that these underlying learning skills can be developed. It’s not a quick fix, but not a forever process either. Through targeted and intensive cognitive training, the brain can develop more efficient neuropathways or connections so that things, such as reading and spelling that were once so difficult, no longer have to be a struggle.
Many successful dyslexic entrepreneurs say that having to learn to get around their dyslexia has helped them to be successful – that they wouldn’t change being dyslexic because it gave them an edge by teaching them how to handle hardship and failure.
While there are many lessons to be learned from hardship, wouldn’t it be better to enjoy your talents and abilities and function well in school? I know that’s what I would want for my own kids. And it’s entirely possible!
I am so thankful that the world is made up of so many different kinds of thinkers. Thank you Street Artist for making me smile!
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