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Dyslexia Is A Sign of a Highly Intelligent and Creative Person

Updated on August 23, 2017

Dyslexia is NOT about Dumb and Dumber

When my son entered fourth grade, his school work came to a screeching halt. After a very frustrating year, I found out he was dyslexic. I immediately began researching this perplexing brain patterning. From the beginning I was very drawn to Ron Davis' information. He is a dyslexic and through exploration of himself developed an amazing approach. My son did a week of training with a Davis Dyslexic provider and it turned both of our lives around. In this lens I want to share more information with you about dyslexia and the Ron Davis method.

Dyslexic people are visual, multi-dimensional thinkers. They are intuitive and highly creative, and excel at hands-on learning. Because they think in pictures, it is sometimes hard for them to understand letters, numbers, symbols, and written words.

From the Dyslexia.com website

Famous Dyslexics

Dyslexics are people who...

  1. Utilize the brain's ability to alter and create perceptions (the primary ability).
  2. Are highly aware of the environment.
  3. Are more curious than average.
  4. Think mainly in pictures instead of words.
  5. Are highly intuitive and insightful.
  6. Think and perceive multi-dimensionally (using all the senses).
  7. Can experience thought as reality.
  8. Have vivid imaginations.
  9. Think 20% faster than word thinkers.

Ron Davis Shares His Moment Of Inspiration about Dyslexia

"In 1980, at age 38, Ron Davis overcame his own severe dyslexia when he found a way to quickly eliminate common perceptual distortions. For the first time in his life, he could read and enjoy a book without struggling.

-dyslexia.com

Dyslexic Disorientation

Have you ever watched one of those Nintendo games where you can move the orientation point all around? If you're not dyslexic, it will probably make you dizzy. If you are dyslexic, you probably have no problem with this sudden change in point of view.

One of the first things my son learned when he took his Davis Dyslexia Correction course, was about the orientation point and how to "lock" it into place for reading.

This point relates to our mind's eye or where we view ourselves from. Ideally, for reading, it is located above the head in a fixed place.

Dyslexics often move this orientation point around...it's part of being psychic or clairvoyant. When we read, however, we want the orientation point to be in a fixed place, thereby making sure the letters are being viewed the way they were intended (versus say from behind or from the side).

If a child suddenly disorients in a class lesson, then the teacher has lost him from that point on. Your brain can not take in new material in a disoriented state.

By the way...my son didn't start reading until he was in the 6th grade. I thought maybe, he would only learn math while in school. Luckily for me, he got hooked on a book and finally read his first complete book. I never thought I 'd see that day. All this happened, only after, he took his Davis Correction Course.

The Gift of Learning

This book really helped me understand that my son wasn't disobeying me when he didn't respond to my requests.

Davis Correction Method

"There are 217 trigger words that cause confusion."

-dyslexia.com

Symbol Mastery

What was amazing about my son's experience with the Davis Dyslexia program is that he stuck to it for five, 8-hour long days. That was incredible, I thought!

Because dyslexics are visual, if they encounter a word that has no visual (all those little words and prepositions), then the mind goes blank at that point, making reading comprehension impossible.

The Davis Dyslexia Program works with clay to build these nonvisuals...and they start with the alphabet. After my son built the alphabet in clay, the instructor had him run his hand over the clay letters, then close his eyes and recite the alphabet backward! It only took him two tries to get it all right. Now, that was amazing!

My son also learned what all those punctuation marks mean and what to do when you see one in something written.

Finally, they started working on those small, non-visual words, building each one out of clay. Not the word, but a visual of what the word meant. "THE" for example is a word that points to something. So my son would build something like an arrow pointing to an apple, all built out of clay.

He didn't get to all 217 of those nonvisual words that week, but we continued at home with followup clay work. Those 217 words are called trigger words because that "visual gap" can trigger disorientation and confusion.

Testimonials

As a Dyslexic, Don't Expect To Be Able To...

  • Play on Jeopardy. Dyslexics understand abstract concepts and the big picture, but don't memorize dates and trivia
  • Remember someone's name. You will have amazing insight and information for that person, as well as never forget them, though.
  • Be left-brain, linear in an argument. Intuition, creativity and right-brain thinking are your strengths.
  • See the small details. You have eagle vision, not an ant's vision.

An Intriguing Book

I haven't read this book but became fascinated by the title...does the author know Seth Godin and Squidoo? Is the true genius of Squidoo something completely different than what we thought? This book does cover dyslexia, however.

Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain
Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

Wolf looks at the development of the reading brain-a complicated phenomenon that Wolf seeks to chronicle from both the early history of humanity and the early stages of an individual's development ("unlike its component parts such as vision and speech... reading has no direct genetic program passing it on to future generations"). Though it could probably command a book of its own, the sizable third section of the book covers the complex topic of dyslexia, explaining clearly and expertly "what happens when the brain can't learn to read."

 

"Once dyslexics have learned something experientially, they understand it on such a deep level that they know how to do things intuitively without thinking about how."

-dyslexia.com

More Testimonials for the Davis Dyslexia Method

"Dyslexics tend to be more curious, creative, and intuitive than average."

-dyslexia.com

Dyslexia...Illusion or Real? - Who knew it was controversial?

I decided to add a place for people to debate dyslexia. It turns out it's a controversial topic! I've copied some comments from below and added them here.

Is Dyslexia for real?

What do you love about dyslexia?

Do you or someone you know have dyslexia? - Congratulations! You are blessed!

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      desilegend 4 years ago

      Your lens inspired me and as a dyslexic I feel special after reading it. What do you think are the best professions for dyslexic?

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      Interesting debate!

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      tobydavis 5 years ago

      Fab Fab Fab lens (improper triple word use - sorry 'language muggles!') ...I'm Dyslexic and I love it! ...see my comments above in the debate :-) Fantastic lens - have a fab weekend!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent lens, well written and loaded with valuable info. I too have purchased The Gift of Dyslexia after having read a library copy years ago. Such a wonderful point of view. Will be putting a link to your lens into mine. Thank you for sharing.

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      IMKZRNU2 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Thanks for putting together this lens. Well done!

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      LewesDE 5 years ago

      This is a great lens!

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      Yes, I am. You've done a good job here.

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      EMangl 6 years ago

      nobody is fectper!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I was wondering if there was a blog(s) about dyslexia from a dyslexic's point of view?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I know some people with dyslexia are brilliant and talented, it may be because they're brain may function differently from a normal person but nonetheless they are still gifted. Thanks so much for making this lens. It sheds a whole new light on people with dyslexia. A truly wonderful work of art!

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      cloudiosify 6 years ago

      Living as a dyslexic is hard but worth it because of their sheer ability of creativity.

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      noushki 6 years ago

      My daughter is dyslexic and yes i am truly blessed she really is amazing :)

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Sure do! My two kids.. who are geniuses in their own way :)

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I know people with it who do well. This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 7 years ago from London

      Did you know that an awful lot artists are dyslexic? It seems to go with the huge bias towards left-handedness. They always seem to be the most creative ones - I get quite jealous!

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      Squidoo_Queen 7 years ago

      My daughter is dyslexic and it's been a real struggle trying to get the help she needs. Things were moving forward last year but this year the gov. has such massive cut backs that it is not going quite as well.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @giacombs-ramirez: That was a brilliant idea Gia, to add the duel...this could get even more interesting. I'm going to feature this lens on Everyday Health Ledger, because you have covered a very difficult topic very well. Great information that I have learned a lot from. Thank you! 5*

      Susie

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      gia combs-ramirez 7 years ago from Montana

      There was quite the debate starting in the comments area, so I added a duel module for those who question the validity of dyslexia. I copied some of the comments from here and pasted them in the duel to get the conversation rolling. Play nice, now!

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for this info. I actually have the book, The Gift of Dyslexia, and you have motivated me to dig it out and read it again to help my dyslexic son.

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      paschar 7 years ago

      I love the fact that having dyslexia since 1990 has given me the chance to be even more creative in the development of addaptive tool technology thus we invite one & all to view my lens @ squidoo.com/paschar prior to 1990 the world was normal (the view anyway) but a motorcycle crash changed all that, our lens title is , reading backwards / strephosymbolia it explains how one must be inventive, addaptive & think outside the box . computer tech has come along way since the days of UNIVAC & IBM keypunch cards being outmoded , now one can do just about anything with the aid of a computer including the format of a screen which gives one the view of text as if normal again . in the field of the study of dyslexia one must never stop or the future of those who have dyslexia will suffer more than we can afford , future doctors , inventors , scientist , you get my point. education is a must , if just one person can make a difference , think of how many more could do the same . all the comfy cozy items we enjoy today , most of which were invented by a dyslexic or two , we might not of had if not for their efforts and minds , the lightbulb , the automobile , telephone and the list goes on & on just by thinking outside the box .

      paschar on dyslexia

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The Childrens and Parenting Group that this lens belonged to has survived all the recent changes on Squidoo and is now a Lensography. This lens is now featured at Children and Parenting HQ.

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      JanieceTobey 8 years ago

      Thanks for this valuable information about the Davis Dyslexia program!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Oh gosh, it's nearly a year since I first visited this lens and here I am again doing some research ;) Glad I cam back because SquidAngel Blessings for you!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      LIzzie has a "mild" dyslexia and I am sure it is because of that, that she is gifted with the most amazing wit and sense of humour. I am really proud that you chose to submit this lens to the Children and Parenting Group on Squidoo. Blessings to you for such a good lens.

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      Judy Filarecki 8 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      What a wonderful, insightful and enlightening lens. I wish I had read it several weeks ago. I teach art and had a student who was struggling with painting the sunny side and the shadowed side of the mountain. We tried several approaches and she finally accomplished what she was trying to do. She told me she was dyslexic and once understanding that , we were able to come to a solution. I've got to set aside some time to really go over this lens in depth. Thanks

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      rayray13 8 years ago

      Very nice and informative lense

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens. Well done 5*. Greetings from Betty Boop.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens.and.very informative..

      One of my daughters has dyslexia. She just started publishing her own magazine. Her Grade 6 teacher helped her tremendously when she went to school. She's smart, a tremendous writer....but needs lots of editing:). It's just the spelling she has the problems with. No problem with concepts, new ideas, imagination and sense of humor.

      If I had only been dyslexic I might have been a genius too. But I'm just extremely intelligent ...........and terribly modest.

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      I have a daughter that is not dyslexic is reading bur instead with numbers and synbols...very smart, they just get mixed up between her brain and the paper and vice versa

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      gia combs-ramirez 8 years ago from Montana

      [in reply to JaguarJulie] Yes, I think in general we are all becoming more dyslexic as well as more intuitive.

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      Great job on the lens my dear! I'm wondering if the internet can make someone more dyslexic or ahdd? I'm feeling a tad bit disoriented of late. ;)

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      Linda Jo Martin 9 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      My youngest son is dyslexic, but now at school they say he has 'audio processing'. He was homeschooled and my ex forced him to learn to read at the age of ten. He became an avoidance expert when it came to reading and math. I finally had to send him to the school's special ed program because he refused to participate in learning activities and was no longer making progress.

      Now he's eighteen and still attending high school though they won't allow him to graduate here in CA because of the exit exam. Everything you say about creativity and the intuitive process is true about my son. He gets awards for his outstanding work in shop classes. He has put together several motorized bicycles and people in our community think very highly of him and his mechanical abilities.

      I'm no longer worried about him. His life will never be like mine, but maybe that's a good thing. He's never read a book but during our homeschooling I read dozens of novels to him out loud, and he enjoyed them.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      As anyone who has read one of my lenses knows, our daughter has Dyslexia as well as another condition called APD.

      She may have problems with spelling, but she reads very well and has the most amazing "off the wall" sense of humour, which makes us laugh so much. This is a great lens and I am proud to be the first person to rate it. Welcome to the Children and Parenting Group.

      Oh and they reckon that 75% of the world's millionaires are dyslexic - don't know if there is any real truth in it but it would not surprise me!