Atten: Dyslexics – fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

Only great minds can read this. This is weird, but interesting!…” is an amusing email attachment you will find at the end of this blog that makes the rounds on the internet – but for Dyslexics – this is how they identify words. They recognize the shape and letters of the word; not necessarily the order of the letters except as they say in the blurb below, the first and last letter of the word. Dyslexics tend to rely on this method for reading and this can cause them to read words incorrectly because they are trying to recognize the “look” of the word.

This reading style also creates difficulty for a Dyslexic person’s ability to comprehend and remember what they have read because all their attention is directed to decoding the words they are reading and not automatically recognizing them. This is due to their issue memorizing the correct letter order of words. When many people read the text in blue below they will notice that they feel tired and confused about what they read. This is caused by their excessive effort to decode the words. Their brain can read them but is slowed down by the additional work to identify the words.

Another problem for Dyslexics is difficulty seeing words in their minds. They primarily see images or pictures, not necessarily words. By teaching a Dyslexic how to see the words in their minds and the correct order of the letters besides the first and last letter, their reading fluency improves a lot!

If I ask you to picture the word “car” in your mind, what do you see?  Most people see a car first and then the word if I ask them to think of the letters. Some see the word first and then the car.  Right-brained or Dyslexic people tend to see the car and struggle to see the word, if they can at all.  So think about it; if you can’t see the word in your mind how do you learn to spell and read?

This is actually very easy to do if the Dyslexic is taught to see words in their minds. We are always able to get a Dyslexic child to do this task quickly and easily in an assessment. This becomes an important step for remembering and seeing words and letters in their minds in our teaching process. I love this exercise because the child instantly gets a boost to their self-esteem.

By the way, what colour is your car or cars in your mind? Most people say red. Let me know the colour of your car! I would like to know the psychological or physiological reason behind this.  Does anyone know?

Only great minds can read this
This is weird, but interesting!

“fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too
Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.”

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it

Karey Hope
Founder of Dyslexia Victoria Online

<strong>”</strong><strong>Only great minds can read this This is weird, but interesting!</strong><strong>…” </strong> is an amusing email attachment you will find at the end of this blog that makes the rounds on the internet – but for Dyslexics – this is how they learn words. They recognize the shape and letters of the word; not necessarily the order of the letters except as they say in the blurb below, the first and last letter of the word. Dyslexics tend to rely on this method for reading and this can cause them to read words incorrectly because they are trying to recognize the “look” of the word.
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About Dyslexia Victoria Online

I have been developing and researching alternative solutions for dyslexic problems for over twenty years. The inspiration for this quest, which is what it had become, is my daughter Genevieve. She is dyslexic and after years of working at solving her problems, when she was a child, she has now overcome all of her issues and is a successful business woman, wife and mother. Today my partner, Howard deGraaf, and I are bringing our teaching methodologies through the internet to all those frustrated parents, tutors, teachers and of course, the dyslexic children and adults. Howard deGraaf, he's now my fiance, isn't Dyslexic but he is a Right Brained thinker and is a valuable asset. Just like a Dyslexic he can see the "Big Picture" and is a terrific problem solver. Many of his blog entries are observations he makes during our Dyslexia Assessments and during our Workshops and Presentations. The two of us continue to do individual assessments and we are getting many requests for presentations to teachers and Service Providers. The website continues to evolve and we are communicating with teachers and parents from all around the world. Watch for lots of changes as we continue to learn about methods and research that help individuals with Dyslexia and we get that newest information to you.
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24 Responses to Atten: Dyslexics – fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

  1. alice says:

    Im 13 years old and am ok at reding but sometimes mis bits out and get confued and have to read it again, but Im in set 1 for everything but strugle lots but i dont want to disopoint anyone. I also can’t realy spel. I found the blue written really easy to read. Am i dyslexic?

    • Hello Alice;
      I can email you a test that will help to figure out if you have Dyslexic issues. You can send me an email at and I will reply with the attached Dyslexia test. If you have a lot of the problems there are things you can do to improve and make school easier. You also might want to go to my website and read about Dyslexia.

      When you say you don’t want to disappoint anyone, I understand as I am Dyslexic and my three grown children are also. It is important for you to try to feel better about you and concern yourself with learning to understand Dyslexia and how to help yourself. Dyslexia is about thinking and learning differently than some people. School focuses on teaching people who think differently from a Dyslexic. But if you are Dyslexic you can make school easier. Hope to hear from you. All the best, Karey

  2. Youcef says:

    that’s awesome i’m 13 years old, and when someone talks i think about the picture first (i think) and then how to spell it. nice post btw but i must admit that i didn’t read all of it!

    And sorry for misspellings!

    • Chris Stewart says:

      Hi Youcef, I am sixty years old and I still think like you, picture first. Think of how many people on this earth just don’t get the ‘picture’. Cheers Chris x

  3. Jordan says:

    Hi my name’s Jordan and I’m 15 years old. My parents want me to get tested for dyslexia but I don’t want to because I have learned lots of coping methods and you’re supposed to put it on a lot of applications. Some people in my family also have it and they get called names at work and in school. I’m scared of how people would think of me. Do you think I should get tested?

    • Hello Jordan;
      I understand your hesitation. Please hear me out and give you a few things to think about.The testing will at least give you an idea of what your specific problems are so you can learn more about you and how you can work with that. I am glad you have learned coping methods but there is so much out their for Dyslexics now.

      Dyslexia is currently thought of as a learning difference by a lot of researchers, education specialists and school systems. Dyslexics are “big picture thinkers” who need to to learn everything by experiencing and understanding it. That is an amazing and powerful trait. Most classrooms are set up for memorization without necessarily requiring the student to comprehend the information – great for “lefties” or step-by-step learners. This isn’t great for a Dyslexic – right brain dominant thinker. The more you understand how this relates to you the better you can learn to “cope” really well. And would you rather get through a test by memorizing or truly understand what you are learning?

      Many adult Dyslexics I have talked to over the years who went through university realized they retained way more than others just memorizing material. They were slower going through the material and it was always difficult due to many issues but they felt it made them more knowledgeable and competent in their studies than their peers. Any extra help and accommodations from the universities for their Dyslexia was invaluable.

      So although the idea of a label can be insulting it can open doors for help such as a college’s learning assistance programs and can create more understanding in the workplace. You can get accommodations that will help you do your schoolwork or job in a much more efficient way and can make it enjoyable.

      The problem with dealing with idiots treating you inappropriately is a horrible and unfair issue that is hard to bear. But trust me, when someone behaves that way it is due to their own problems. They are abusing you to try to make themselves feel better. Easy for me to say because it doesn’t change what you experience. But dealing with it can make you stronger and more empathetic to other types of victims. You are also not alone, close to 30% of the world’s population are also experiencing Dyslexia.

      I am Dyslexic and I have 3 grown Dyslexic children. We have all learned how to accept Dyslexia but also to understand the gifts that come with it. There are many qualities Dyslexics share that make them special in a great way that is due to their learning differences. I would not want to be any other way.

      I hope this helps. If you have more questions, let me know. I wish you all the best and really, you are not alone. The world is changing and being Dyslexic is becoming an advantage due to our highly creative three dimensional out of the box thinking style which is becoming highly desirable in many fields of employment.

      warm regards;
      Karen Hope deGraaf
      Dyslexia Victoria Online

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