The Gift of Dyslexia Book Review - A Possible, Effecive Cure to Dyslexia
Can Dyslexia Be a Gift?
Reading Ronald D. Davis' The Gift of Dyslexia was an eye opener for me. The world of dyslexia was a mystery for me, as no one in my family has ever had any issues learning to read, on the contrary, most of us tend to read early.
So why did I read the book? One of my best friends had just finished the book and thought I would like it. Just reading the title, the idea that dyslexia, something I was so thankful no one in my family had could be a gift captured my attention. That reversed F on the cover also fascinated me and made me want to find out more about dyslexia. But the thing that totally hooked me was when I discovered the author himself was dyslexic and at the age of twelve could still not read.
I read the book from cover to cover in record time, it was so fascinating to look into something that intrigued me but had assumed had nothing to do with me or any of my experiences.
Can a Dyslexic Learn to Read?
Yes, yes, yes - It may be more difficult then for someone without dyslexia, but they can and do.
Very reasonably too, especially if taught in a way that utilizes their strengths as opposed to insisting on teaching in a way that is hard for them to wrap their minds around.
The Davis Dyslexia Correction Program teaches dyslexic learners to erase the negative characteristics of dyslexia without disturbing the positive side.
At the age of twelve, I still hadn't learned the alphabet. Even the "Alphabet Song" couldn't get me past the letter G.— Ronald D. Davis
Are you or anyone you know dyslexic?
Ron Davis - Unlocking the Power of Dyslexia
What I Like About the Book
The book is very well written. It first starts out by defining the essential abilities dyslexics share. These abilities give dyslexics a higher-than-normal intelligence, and extraordinary creative abilities.
These creative abilities make dyslexics vulnerable to the problems they experience, The most common problems are reading and/or reading comprehension and math. At the same time those abilities seem to give them an incredible "Knack" in other fields, while in fact this is their unique gift or intelligence at work. Their more multi sensory pmulti-sensoryps them in those situations.
One of the things I like most about this book is that while Ronald D. Davis makes us appreciate the incredible creativity and ability of a person who has dyslexia, it is not just a feel good or an aid to understanding dyslexics, but gives a way to get them past their disadvantage. The practical suggestions will help anyone having problems with math, attention, handwriting, and other general learning concerns
Ron Davis managed it and now he has refined his methods into the Davis Symbol Mastery procedure so that others can benefit from his experiences.
The Davis Dyslexia Correction Program
Reading and Other Symbol Recognition
Help From one Dyslexic to Another
No one wants to feel left out
So how does a person who still couldn't get the alphabet right at twelve, let alone read, start reading and do so well that he is now able to help thousands?
He shows you how a dyslexic thinks and makes you realize that traditional methods of teaching a person to read just can't work. Traditional teaching methods just causes chaos in people with dyslexia, heads as they experience what he calls disorientation.
The method involves teaching the dyslexic how to turn off this disorientation when they need to do tasks such as reading and other symbol recognition.
The book goes over some of the points of the systems, how it is done and how it works. The system proposed by this method works best for dyslexic people with a certain way of thinking. At the beginning of the book, there is a test to see if this method is suitable for whoever needs help.
So much of our lives involves reading that thinking of someone who will never get a hang of it just boggles my mind. Apart from the pleasure gained by reading books, one needs to decipher street names, fill in forms and so much more. I think it is great that there is a way of getting round this problem for most people old or young.
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What Did I Gain From The Book?
And why Everyone Should Read It
Surprisingly for me this book helped me to understand myself better, and has helped me to recognise the times when my children's thought process may not be conventional. Of cause mainly I gained a greater appreciation for people with dyslexia and what they have to go through in their lives.
As one can imagine, the abilities common to many dyslexics are also shared by others in the main population. In my case, I had quite a few of these abilities.This understanding helped me realize why I prefer work where intuition is a necessary component to get the job well done.
This book helps you broaden your perception of what constitutes intelligence. For parents, this helps them look at their child's abilities in a more holistic way, so that their children end up in a profession that complements their personalities and abilities in the best way.
The Gift of Dyslexia, Revised and Expanded
Why I Recommend the Book
I know the method works
As I said earlier, I first read this book on recommendation from my friend, she had just finished the book because one of her children had quite a severe case of dyslexia.
The child, a girl, is highly intelligent, but despite reading intervention for many years. Not only could she not string out words in a sentence, but more often then not got stumped by each word in it--forget about comprehending what she was attempting to read.
My friend had a relative training to become a "Davis Symbol facilitator". As part of her training, she asked my friend if she could try the method on her daughter.
If I had not known how her daughter had been struggling with reading before starting the program, I don't think I would have believed the change.
In no time at all, and even within the first couple of weeks the girl was reading. Slowly for sure, but the words started making sense to her. First the sentences and then all the text. What an incredible feat.