A New Perspective On Dyslexia

Dyslexia was the first general term invented to describe reading problems. Now over 70 names are used to describe various aspects of dyslexia. There are many different theories of what dyslexia is, what causes it, and why the disability occurs.

The Davis theories and procedures were developed through trial and error by a dyslexic, not to explain the nature of the problem, but to discover how it could be corrected.

Dyslexia is not the result of a genetic flaw or nerve damage.  It is not caused by a malformation of the brain, inner ear or eyes.  Dyslexia is a product of thought and a special way of reaction to confusion.  It is not limited to reversals of letters and words– a common misconception.

Dyslexia is a gift. Dyslexics are visual, multi-dimensional thinkers.

They are intuitive, highly creative people and excel at hands-on learning.  They tend to think in pictures, therefore it is sometimes hard for them to understand letters, numbers, symbols and written words.

As a result, academics and the learning environment are difficult for them.  This is not because something is wrong with them, it is because lessons are not taught in the way they think.

Dyslexics don’t all develop the same gifts but they do have certain mental functions in common:

  • They have an exceptional capacity to utilize the brain’s ability to alter and create perceptions (the primary ability)
  • They are highly aware of their environment.
  • They are curious about how things work.
  • They think mainly in pictures rather than in words.
  • They are highly intuitive and insightful.
  • They think and perceive multi-dimensionally (using all the senses).
  • They have vivid imaginations.

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