In this blog in my dyslexia series, I will focus on potential careers for children with dyslexia.

Has your child recently been diagnosed with dyslexia and possibly dysgraphia? If so, you’re no doubt overwhelmed with the amount of information available. Because of the lack of clarity on the internet, I’ve decided to break the information down into bite-sized manageable posts that focus on different aspects of life with dyslexia. Today I want to look at some of the positives.

See the world differently

My oldest daughter is dyslexic and while she struggles with many aspects of reading and writing, she has taught me to look at the world a different way, She sees it in colours, in pictures, in sounds and in music. For Ella, nothing is black and white and everything is there to be explored.

She’s 9 now and since she was diagnosed with dyslexia aged 6, I’ve focused on her strengths and tried to support her as best I can with those areas she struggles with.

As with most kids with dyslexia, Ella’s skills are endless. Just because she struggles with the mechanics of reading, writing and spelling does not mean she doesn’t understand. Far from it! And on top of that, she is also gifted in many areas controlled by the right side of the brain.

Right-brain dominant

The right side controls:

  • imagination – usually a vivid imagination is present.
  • artistic skill
  • musical ability
  • athletic ability
  • people skills
  • intuition
  • creative
  • global thinking
  • curiosity
  • 3-D visual-spatial skills
  • mechanical ability

Imagination, creativity, curiosity, empathy and the ability to see the whole picture clearly lead to careers in the following fields:

  • architecture
  • interior or exterior design
  • psychology
  • teaching
  • marketing and sales
  • culinary arts
  • woodworking
  • carpentry
  • performing arts
  • athletics
  • music
  • scientific research
  • engineering
  • computers
  • electronics
  • mechanics
  • graphic arts
  • photography

I am not in any means saying that the list of careers for children with dyslexia is limited to that above. Far from it in fact. But, the skills that many people with dyslexia possess lead them into industries like those I have just mentioned.

Dyslexia is not a barrier

Dyslexia need not and should not be a barrier to anything your child wants to achieve in life. Firstly it just means that the path to learning needs to be adjusted accordingly. Secondly, the perspective you may have had on life will need to be adjusted.

You will find my blog series on parenting a child with dyslexia here