A simple definition of dyslexic is a person who would be considered slow, but slow doesn't mean stupid or ignorant.Dyslexia simply recognizes that the processing speed of the brain is not the same as the brain's ability to comprehend information. An "intelligence quotient" is an average of the overall function of the brain, so while some areas of the dyslexic brain are weak--the overall function of the same brain can still be equal to or greater than gifted. Often times, people think that dyslexia is a lame excuse to explain problems that everyone else supposedly has and because of that, can be wrongly seen as a victim mentality rather than the acceptance of obstacles to overcome. Common signs of a dyslexic person are slow reading, messy handwriting, stammering, and difficulty taking verbal instructions. As a result, dyslexics can be easily frustrated by criticism and seen as having a short-fuse, which is why many dyslexics learn to take the initiative, self-educate, deconstruct the norms, and figure things out on their own but doing so can still be isolating because the dyslexic has to break away from group-think and the way everyone else is doing things. Dyslexia is not the same as attention deficit disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder because dyslexia is not about hyperactive or obsessive behavior--it's about processing speed. In some ways, dyslexic is an oxymoron for, "backwards genius."

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