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.
Dyslexics are people who...
- Utilize the brain's ability to alter and create perceptions (the primary ability).
- Are highly aware of the environment.
- Are more curious than average.
- Think mainly in pictures instead of words.
- Are highly intuitive and insightful.
- Think and perceive multi-dimensionally (using all the senses).
- Can experience thought as reality.
- Have vivid imaginations.
- Think 20% faster than word thinkers.
Ron Davis Shares His Moment Of Inspiration about Dyslexia
The Gift of Dyslexia
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
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.
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.
More Testimonials for the Davis Dyslexia Method
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!
AshLeHaunt on December 11, 2017:
I have never had dyslexic issues with the the actual words, in fact, I always felt I had a strangely and incredibly strong inclined tendency to understand words and literature. Even from a young age, I could understand some "big" words without having ever read about them, but just by their pattern, natyre, and feeling, I could know whatq they meant. Do you understand what I mean???
This is also the reason I am easily adaptive to different languages, and have been able to understand several languages, although minimally, by just following media and music etc of their native countries.
Anyways, because I have this almost abnormal upper-hand in connecting with things in this world, I also have the sacrificial downfalls which balance them.
One of these equal the fact that I have some sort of dyslexic issue with reading sentences and paragraphs, at times. But they are truggered by when I become hyper-aware of the fact that I am reading, and when that happens during a time where I don't need it to, I can of course quickly switch it back. But, during that moment where I am still in that zone, I can assimilate its nature to something like if you are trying to experience astral projection. This is where you are trying to reach the point of your soul which comes out of your body, and becomes lucid on its own. You can then control this body to fly around in the astral realm, perhaps to different dimensions or even wander around on the streets or to your friend's house etc.
But, when the astral projection "fails", you "accidentally" fall into sleep paralysis. This is what I mean by that accidental moment dyslexia I sometimes get when I am reading.
I also have this with singing.
I was gifted with the voice sent down from my mother, and I know I can sing in perfect tune and vibration (frequency aka pitch and perfect control) and dynamics. But, I have had to fight my "mental issues" of being too hyper-aware of the fact that I am using these physical tools such as my mouth, something about my throat, and whole body, that I end up focussing on those, which distract me from being able to focus on the intangible music.
I wish and hope and will continue to help myself to be able to control these sudden overwhelmingly hyper-aware/hyper-cognitive moments, so I can better deal with immediate humanly and physical situations which arise in such an accelerating environment of today.
Thank you for this article. I truly relate to everything which has been said about the qualities of a dyslexic, and it does help extremely picturesque & imaginative people like myself also.
Have a great day : D
desilegend on August 06, 2013:
Your lens inspired me and as a dyslexic I feel special after reading it. What do you think are the best professions for dyslexic?
mariacarbonara on May 07, 2013:
tobydavis on August 18, 2012:
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!
anonymous on August 15, 2012:
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.
IMKZRNU2 from Pacific Northwest on July 26, 2012:
Thanks for putting together this lens. Well done!
LewesDE on February 18, 2012:
This is a great lens!
Pastor Cher from United States on January 12, 2012:
Yes, I am. You've done a good job here.
EMangl on October 14, 2011:
nobody is fectper!
anonymous on September 19, 2011:
I was wondering if there was a blog(s) about dyslexia from a dyslexic's point of view?
anonymous on May 01, 2011:
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!
cloudiosify on March 17, 2011:
Living as a dyslexic is hard but worth it because of their sheer ability of creativity.
noushki on March 05, 2011:
My daughter is dyslexic and yes i am truly blessed she really is amazing :)
miaponzo on January 18, 2011:
Sure do! My two kids.. who are geniuses in their own way :)
javr from British Columbia, Canada on December 30, 2010:
I know people with it who do well. This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.
Katherine Tyrrell from London on November 19, 2010:
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!
Squidoo_Queen on October 24, 2010:
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.
anonymous on May 11, 2010:
@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*
gia combs-ramirez (author) from Montana on May 10, 2010:
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!
Jeanette from Australia on February 13, 2010:
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.
paschar on January 07, 2010:
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
anonymous on November 24, 2009:
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.
JanieceTobey on October 09, 2009:
Thanks for this valuable information about the Davis Dyslexia program!
anonymous on October 05, 2009:
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!
anonymous on May 20, 2009:
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.
Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on May 04, 2009:
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
rayray13 on March 28, 2009:
Very nice and informative lense
anonymous on February 26, 2009:
Great lens. Well done 5*. Greetings from Betty Boop.
anonymous on January 18, 2009:
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.
marsha32 on January 01, 2009:
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
gia combs-ramirez (author) from Montana on December 27, 2008:
[in reply to JaguarJulie] Yes, I think in general we are all becoming more dyslexic as well as more intuitive.
julieannbrady on November 13, 2008:
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. ;)
Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on October 23, 2008:
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.
anonymous on October 06, 2008:
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!