Dyslexia Glass Ceiling

As we know, Dyslexia is characterised as a pattern of strengths and weaknesses.  More often than not the pattern is as follows:

Strengths: Verbal Comprehension & Perceptual Reasoning

Weaknesses: Working Memory & Processing speed.

But what are these things? Let me explain with a mind map for each concept:

Verbal Comprehension

Perceptual ReasoningWorking MemoryProcessing SpeedSo what I notice about these different areas of ability, is that the weaknesses associated with dyslexia are valued in entry level roles, and that the strengths are valued in senior, more strategic or professional roles.

This is the same issue as the kid in school who can grasp calculus but can’t remember the times tables.  Or the student who can discuss insights on Shakespearian character flaws and archetypes, but can’t write the essay.

Once a dyslexic breaks through the ‘glass ceiling’, through determination or starting his or her own business, they often succeed, because they can rely on their strengths and afford help / admin / technology with their weaknesses.

So how can we help the dyslexics who are struggling in their careers, not able to break through?  In strategy coaching we find ways to apply strong areas, such as story telling (verbal comprehension) or coloured mind mapping (perceptual reasoning) to memory tasks.

We also spend a lot of time thinking about what the dyslexic client does well.  This is because we need to remind them to keep their goals, aspirations and abilities in mind – the entry level employments don’t have to last forever, they won’t always be studying for the qualification they need.  Remembering your career in the context of your whole life can help, and inspire you to keep moving forward.

As well, sometimes a job is just a job!  Some of my most creative neuro-diverse moments come when I am planning parties for my family, or acting in my local village pantomime.  Making sure we have somewhere to shine, even if it isn’t at work, helps keep a balanced perspective.

I’d love to hear any stories from people who feel they have shattered their own dyslexia glass ceiling, or those who might want support in cracking through…. feel free to comment or visit us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/GeniusWithinLtd

  1. Faye Whittaker 6 years ago

    I skipped all the words and diagrams on here, as its impossible for me to process information.
    I am 56 and profoundly deaf, and until very recently, blamed my deafness for not understanding most things. When I struggled with (yet another) exam or business meeting, I realised I was dyslexic, which seemed odd to me as I can read and write.
    The upshot of this ongoing struggle is that I have broken through the glass ceiling without realising it.
    I have ran my own successful art business since the age of 16, and now quite famous. I took on challenges and thought out the the box at all times. I was greedy for success to prove my family and friends wrong, that through my scattiness, there was a really powerful woman.
    I have never read a book, or watched a film, without a patient person to explain to me what is happening. I push and push and wonder if I wasn’t deaf with dyslexia, would I have come this far, Who knows ?

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      nancy 6 years ago

      Well done for breaking throug that glass ceiling, Faye. The world needs to know that Dyslexia brings genius abilities, as well as struggles.

  2. Kayla Schinke 6 years ago

    There’s no cure for dyslexia. It’s a lifelong condition caused by inherited traits that affect how your brain works. However, most children with dyslexia can succeed in school with tutoring or a specialized education program. Emotional support also plays an important role. ^*;”

    Have a good day
    http://healthdigest101.comdk Kayla Schinke

  3. HCT 12 months ago

    I wasn’t ‘diagnosed’ with dyslexia until I was in my mid 30s during university.
    Therefore, my schooling suffered and I was in the bottom set.

    As I mentioned above, I went into higher education after completing an Access course in college and found that really helped with my dyslexia, although there are times I still have mental blocks.

    It also helped as I was compelled to continue learning.

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