Dyslexia and Creativity
The Institute for Creative Learners is assists students who struggle with learning as a result of Dyslexia and other learning differences. Dyslexia "is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. Dyslexia, causes difficulties with reading and spelling in approximately 10 to 15 percent of school age children.
However, rather than focusing only on the challenges associated with Dyslexia, the Institute seeks to assist these students in capitalizing on the inherent creativity and artistic ability found in many children with Dyslexia and other learning differences.
Research suggests that children with dyslexia think in pictures rather than in words. Their greatest strength, is the ability to create. In a nut shell, "compared to the average person, a dyslexic generally has very strong visual skills, a vivid imagination, strong practical/manipulative skills, innovation, and an above average intelligence. A dyslexic student is likely to have a greater appreciation for color, tone, and texture. Their grasp of two-dimensional and three- dimensional form is more acute. They can visualize art even before reaching for the paint brush and go beyond the norm and create new and innovative expression." .
In other words, these children are “out-of-the-box” thinkers. They are the innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and artists of their generation. In fact, more than one third of successful US entrepreneurs are reportedly dyslexic.
Alexander Graham Bell, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, John F. Kennedy, John Lennon, Thomas Jefferson, George Patton, Nelson Rockefeller, Leonardo Da Vinci, George Washington, and Woodrow Wilson are all believed to have had some form of dyslexia.
Tommy Hilfiger (Iconic fashion designer), Billy Bob Thornton (actor), Keira Knightley (actress), Steven Spielberg (director), Jay Leno (Tonight Show host), Richard Branson (founder of the Virgin Group), Anderson Cooper (journalist), Steve Jobs (co-founder and CEOs of Apple), Ingvar Kamprad (founder of IKEA), Henry Winkler (actor and children’s book author) are just a few examples of the ability of people with dyslexia.
The greatest “disability” associated with Dyslexia is the damage to a child’s self-esteem often created by his or her struggle with traditional educational instruction. The Institute for Creative Learners capitalizes on the strengths of children who have difficulty learning as a result of dyslexia and other learning differences -- while giving them the tools to be successful academic learners.
The Institute for Creative Learners utilizes the Scottish Rite Take Flight Curriculum, Lexia Core5 and many other strategies to help our students. The Institute combines reading instruction with painting, sculpture, photography, robotics, computer coding, science, and other activities to keep the children engaged and bolster their self-esteem.
The children we serve are full of amazing potential that is only limited by what they believe they can do. Without intervention, (the earlier the better) these children can suffer a hit to their self-esteem that can be irreparable. Without intervention, our world can be deprived of their spark – deprived of the next great inventor, artist, or entrepreneur -- deprived of innovations that can make our world better. At the Institute, we help these children see their own potential. We foster their strengths while we address their needs. We nurture their spark.