Understanding Dyslexia

Dyslexia is not a disability, it is a brain difference. 1 in 5 students have this difference.


A Brain Difference

When your child is struggling in school with their confidence waning, it is natural to perceive dyslexia as a deficit. However, the latest scientific research tells a different story. Dyslexia is not a disability. It is simply a difference in cognitive processing. Similar to unique computer platforms, individuals with dyslexia were born with a brain that is wired differently.


Dyslexics think and learn differently because the language roadmap in their brain leads to a path less traveled, and often the more scenic route.
In many areas, the dyslexic mind has many advantages and strengths allowing these individuals to perceive differences, to make connections, and to attain realization that others may not see.


Famous Faces of Dyslexia

Dyslexia is the most common learning difference, it is estimated that approximately 20% of the population is dyslexic, so 1 in 5 individuals have the potential to envision amazing possibilities and make unexpected connections.


Many of the world’s greatest thinkers, visionaries, philosophers, inventors, leaders, scientists, entrepreneurs, innovators, actors, artists and athletes are dyslexic. Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Whoopi Goldberg, Henry Winkler, Pablo Picasso, Agatha Christie, Michael Phelps, Magic Johnson to name a few.


Teaching methods matter

Dyslexia does bring challenges. At its core, dyslexia is a neurological difference that causes difficulties with language acquisition including reading, writing and spelling despite average to above-average intelligence. Teaching dyslexic students to process and comprehend language requires specific programs taught by dedicated and specially-trained faculty. Swift is uniquely equipped to address these challenges while simultaneously uncovering the strengths of each individual student. With tools in hand, students find their North Star and the sky's the limit. Future leaders, inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs and artists can all be found at Swift School.