Cobblers about Innovative Thinking

March 19, 2018

‘The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination’

Albert Einstein

So your child has this amazing brain. You know he or she is intelligent because there are flashes of it in your everyday life: using interesting vocabulary, remembering past events in great detail, terrific social skills, creative thinking …….the list is actually endless once you start looking.

One of the motivating forces behind the new exploration of dyslexia is the growing number of dyslexic people who appear successful. Success means different things to different people. Those successes I refer to are connected with those dyslexics highlighted in the media: IT industry, the creative arts, entrepreneurs, enterprises which require innovative thinking.

Many of these dyslexics relate negative experiences at school. As part of their success, creative intelligence cannot be ignored, because how else have they overcome profound obstacles. One thought is that dyslexics are successful despite their dyslexia. However, there is a growing body of thought that dyslexics are successful because of their dyslexia.

But where does innovative thinking live in the brain?


Technology now allows researchers tremendous insight into where different types of thought occur in the brain. It is accepted wisdom that different areas of the brain specialise in different ways of processing information. Creativity, or innovative thought, lives in the right frontal lobe of the brain. It is the area of the brain which is able to take information and twist it, turn it, make connections with other ideas, create imaginative models and images – in other words ‘flexible thinking’ – hence the term ‘right-brained’.


When your dyslexic child appears to be daydreaming, that is the part of the brain they are visiting. It is the part of the brain which holds all those past experiences and episodes which are so important to your dyslexic child. It is the reason why they cannot remember where they left their socks, but can tell you every minute detail about last year’s camping holiday!

It has significant strength; information is drawn to it, and processed in it. And so if something is to be learnt, it has to be taught using this reasoning part of the brain. Learning must have meaning.


So what is going on in other parts of the brain?  Read…

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