A Different Way of Processing
Brain scans of hyperlexic children have shown that the area of their brain responsible for reading, known as the Superior Temporal Cortex is overactive. This is opposite of children with dyslexia. This finding shows that children with hyperlexia process print, and the world, differently. Many of them have a delay in speech and language that is clearly noticeable along-side the striking ability to attend to and recognize letters and print from an early age.
A Powerful Tool for Teaching
Hyperlexia, at one time, was seen simply as a "splinter skill" for children on the autism spectrum, more and more professionals agree that while it is clearly seen as a learning pattern for some children with autism, it can also be seen in other children with language processing challenges, and across a wide range of functionality. Whatever the other abilities or challenges that a child with hyperlexia has, reading can be a tool to enhance all forms of language communication.
A Way to Connect with Your Child
Connecting with a child through their passion is a beautful way to build a bond. Helping a child expand their interest into a broad range of learning opportunities can help them to connect with the world around them more easily. Hyperlexia is a pathway to a child who seems closed off to the world.