“Reading is dreaming with open eyes”
– YoYo (Author)
Hyperlexia is a syndrome, which interferes with speech, language and social interaction. It may be accompanied by unusual or “different” behaviours.
These children may show the following behaviours:
- Exhibit an intense fascination with letters, numbers, patterns, and logos
- A very precocious ability to read, spell, write and/or compute usually before the age of five.
- Learn to speak in a peculiar way; echo or memorize the same sentence structure; echo speech of others; reverse pronouns (Echolalia)
- Listen selectively; may be suspected of being deaf or seem “tuned out”.
- Have difficulty understanding and/or answering questions beginning with: who? why? what? when? where? and how?
- Rarely initiate social conversation.
- Think in concrete, literal terms; have difficulty with abstract concepts.
- Possess very strong auditory and /or visual memories.
Even specific things were relatable to Neiva.
An intense obsession with the solar system
An intense knowledge of shapes.
An innate/intuitive ability with technology i.e. mobiles, tablets, computers
Hyperlexia is a fascinating subject to learn. A huge help to me has been finding Dyan Robson and reading all about her journey with her son who has hyperlexia and hypernumeracy. You can find her here. If you are a parent and some of these signs are resonating with you, then Dyan’s website is the first place I would visit.
Recently Neiva participated in an awareness video with her fellow hyperlexia superstars. It’s so wonderful for us to watch these children together. Before discovering hyperlexia we felt very isolated. Neiva really has found her place in the world and we couldn’t be happier for her to be associated with a truly remarkable and extraordinary group of children.