The Hidden Talents of Dyslexic KidsThe Hidden Talents of Dyslexic Kids


CHILDREN with dyslexia might have difficulty in learning to read and spell, but most of them are known to be skilled in art.  


This was proven at the recent drawing contest organised by Lafarge Malayan Cement and Federal Territory Dyslexia Association, which was participated by 49 dyslexic kids aged five to 12. 


Themed Malaysia's main festivals - Hari Raya, Deepavali, Christmas and Chinese New Year, four of the winning artworks were chosen to be used as the designs for Lafarge's festive season cards. 


The drawing produced by Hassanal Taquiddin Amuriddin, 9, captured the essential values of Hari Raya with pelita and ketupat, and two people in traditional costumes shaking hands. 


His mother Zurina Zali Zalmi, 38, said the quiet and shy boy had been drawing since young.  


"He draws whatever he sees and remembers, and has won a few prizes in art competitions," she said. 


Another winner, Tan Hong Tuk, only started drawing since he attended classes at the association.  "The drawings displayed at the centre inspired me to draw," said the 12-year-old whose artwork depicted four people celebrating Christmas and New Year. 


Two other winners whose drawings would be printed on the greeting cards are Michelle Jibiki, 10, and Henry Goh Dui Wai, 12. 


A short description of dyslexia would also be printed on the cards to raise awareness on this neurological learning disorder. Dyslexia affects about 314,000 school-going children in Malaysia.  


"With greater awareness, we hope that it would support the association's role in advancing the education and general welfare of dyslexic people," Lafarge communications vice president Robitahani Zainal said. 
Besides the prizes and goodie bags for the kids, Lafarge had also pledged RM3,850 collected from the proceeds through printing of the 14,700 cards to the association.