Helping you realize the strengths in your dyslexia
April's Dyslexia Spotlight was extra special this month; our guest speaker was none other than Natalie herself! This month, to mix things up a little, we talked about how Natalie views dyslexic strengths.
While we covered a lot in our 30-minute call, what stuck with us was how Natalie views her strengths. She approaches strengths by looking at them in three categories.
We talked a lot about all three of these categories, but today's blog decided to focus on strategic thinking. While the phrase strategic thinking seems like an abstract idea, it is pretty simple.
Some examples of strategic thinking are:
We have a constant need to learn and ask unique questions. We love a good puzzle and finding out how things work. While we probably don't need to know how a microwave works, that doesn't mean we are not curious about it.
It can be strange when you finally realize how not everyone is as observant as you. Dyslexia leads us to notice the small things that others don't. This can be patterns in work documents, changes in behavior, or even when your neighbor's nightly schedule changes. Our observations make us amazing friends.
Wanting to Know Everything
Our natural curiosity and dyslexic brans want to know it all! We are big picture thinkers; this leads us to become sponges for information. A lot of people with dyslexia turn into office resources. Need to know who makes copies? Ask the dyslexic. Need to know who runs accounting? Ask the dyslexic. If we don't already know the answer, we will know who knows.
Seeing Problems Ahead of Time
Our brains move fast! That makes us fantastic problem solvers and even better problem catchers. Being able to catch problems early is a considerable strength.
Connecting the dots is a big winner for many dyslexics; things make sense to us that others don't quite get. Connecting concepts is helpful when planning events or working on complicated projects.
Not the doing two things at once kind of multi-tasking! People with dyslexia are good at pivoting from one task to another. We can quickly go from spreadsheets to creating graphics to answering calls.
Every dyslexic is a strategic thinker, whether they know it or not. Thinking like this is at the core of dyslexia and benefits those we work with. If you are a Hive member, a video recording of our talk dyslexia spotlight is already in the resource hub! If you are not a member of the Hive and want to check the monthly events we host, take a look at THIS blog!