Dyslexia is a specific learning disability caused by neurological differences in language processing affecting 15-20% (or one in five students) of the U.S. population’s ability to speak, read and write. It is a widely held opinion that the dyslexic brain is often associated with artistic and creative talent. This study sought to compare research on the biological link between artistic/ creative talent and the dyslexic brain. This study also sought to evaluate the past and current educational intervention plans for students with dyslexia. It collected narratives of six adult artists with dyslexia and sought to find a commonality in their experiences as students with dyslexia in the mainstream educational system and the positive impact that art education has had on their self-esteem. This study will advocate for the visual arts as a highly beneficial educational intervention for students with dyslexia with a focus shift to student strengths to increase academic self-esteem and performance.
|Commitee:||Leonard-Giesen, Susan, Pomonis, Mary Anna|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Art, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Art education, Special education, Disability studies|
|Keywords:||Art education, Artistic talent, Dyslexia, Intervention, Special education, Visual art|
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