“For a long time we thought of dyslexics as people with difficulties” (Guillemette Faure, author of a book on dyslexia)

(ETX Daily Up) – What do Leonardo da Vinci, Steven Spielberg and Franck Gastambide have in common? All three suffer from dyslexia. Known to affect spelling and reading, this language disorder finds credibility in the workplace. The Anglo-Saxons speak of the “gift of dyslexia”. However, dyslexics have long been viewed as troubled people. So how did dyslexia come to the fore? Interview with Guillemette Faure, author of Casterman’s book Dyslexia and Celebrity, How Dyslexia Can Make You Stronger.

Can you be successful in your professional life despite having dyslexia? This language disorder, which belongs to the DYS family, is characterized by dysorthography and dysgraphia as well as confusion and inversions of sounds, letters or numerous spelling mistakes.

Journalist Guillemette Faure, herself a mother to a dyslexic daughter, publishes Dys and Famous How Dyslexia Can Make You Stronger, edited by Casterman. An album with 24 portraits of personalities who have suffered from speech disorders. Comedians, politicians and winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry meet there. Maintenance.

What weaknesses cause dyslexia?

The word dyslexia is used to refer to difficulties with reading or writing. This disorder should not be reduced to a reversal of letters, reading and spelling problems. It’s more complicated. There are nuances. The actor Stéphane De Groodt, for example, cannot explain a recipe. He has trouble understanding the rules of a card game.

Some have memory problems, for others it is a strength. For example, Erin Brockovich, who inspired the film of the same name, can memorize the numbers written on a piece of paper after just one reading.

For a long time, dyslexics were considered to be people in need. In school you have to be able to read and write. Recognizing visual cues, being creative or intuitive is not quantified.

What qualities develop Dyslexic in the professional world?

Your strengths come from overcoming a difficulty. They know their strengths and their weaknesses and know how to surround themselves with competent people. Such is the case of Richard Branson, CEO and entrepreneur at Virgin.
There is a fad, the English call it “the gift of dyslexia”, “the gift of dyslexia”.

According to an American study, 35% of entrepreneurs are dyslexic. Don’t fantasize too much about this character. Having a dyslexic child doesn’t mean they’ll be an entrepreneur, a Nobel Prize winner, or the new Leonardo Da Vinci.

This number is not found in CEOs. The required qualities are not the same for entrepreneurs. The CEO profile reassures the company. These are people with the right degrees, gone through the right schools, etc. While dyslexics are people who have taken risks and are used to failing and then getting back up. As Thomas Legrand says in the book’s foreword, there are difficult and painful periods.

How does a dyslexic become professionally successful?

In the 24 portraits in my book there is either a list of lucky stars or parents present. They encouraged him in what he can do instead of dwelling on what he can’t.

We also find that meeting a reference adult plays a key role. I am thinking, for example, of Jacques Dubochet, Nobel Prize winner in chemistry. One of his teachers helped him build a telescope. For him, his dyslexia allows him to see things differently and thereby discover other things.

Is there a development in the consideration of dyslexia among teachers?

Young people see a speech therapist earlier than their elders. It was more difficult for the elders. For example, the actor Stéphane de Groodt repeated his fifth, his fourth and his third.

Actor Franck Gastambide says his parents were ashamed to go to meetings with his teachers. His work as a dog and animal trainer has shown him that he knows how to do it, but beyond that he does it better than others.

The written word plays an important role in the school system. It was not uncommon for some points to be deducted for spelling, regardless of subject. In the Anglo-Saxon system there is more oral. The ability to debate and organize one’s thoughts is more developed.

Is the taboo surrounding speech disorders increasing?

Those who talk about it talk a lot about how Franck Gastambide. Those I contacted were happy to speak up. I think of the American Erin Brockovich. She has declined many interviews since starring in the film “Erin Brockovich,” in which Julia Roberts portrayed her. And there she was happy to talk about it because she hardly had the opportunity to do so.

“Dys and Famous, How Dyslexia Can Make You Stronger” by Guillaumette Faure, published by Casterman

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