The Gift of Dyslexia, Revised and Expanded: Why Some of the Smartest People Can't Read...and How They Can Learn (Anglais) Broché – 23 février 2010
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This book outlines a unique and revolutionary program with a phenomenally high success rate in helping dyslexics learn to read and to overcome other difficulties associated with it. This new edition is expanded to include new teaching techniques and revised throughout with up-to-date information on research, studies, and contacts.
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Ce livre est extraordinaire, si vous avez du mal à comprendre le fonctionnement de votre enfant, commencez par ce livre. Il vous éclairera sur le fait que ce sont des individus uniques qui ne cesseront de vous impressionner...un vrai don!
It has given me a means to try to help him develope the gifts he has and manage the
difficulties he finds. Thank you
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By the time I bought this book, I was doing well working in the computer industry, but I never really understood why I couldn't read. Well, to be clear, I could *read* and understand words; I wasn't illiterate by any means, but I found it impossible to get through more than a few pages of text. I had severe reading comprehension problems. My mind would read ahead, wander around, and mis-read things, and I would have to read and re-read the same text many times to really understand it (if I cared enough to learn it, as I did for computer programming).
I read this book (slowly and painfully at first, as always), and had a bit of an epiphany. I have applied Mr. Davis's techniques using the "mind's eye", and in the past 8 years I have read literally hundreds of books cover to cover. I now love reading, and pick up a new book at least once a week.
I still find myself struggling with my dyslexia if I am too tired, but that's the only time his techniques are not completely automatic. After years of practice, it's entirely automatic. I also (when possible) carefully choose printed books based on their typesetting (and choose the font on my computer carefully), which helps immensely as well -- I never knew that fonts and spacing could make such a difference before reading this book.
Mr. Davis's explanations of the differences in the workings of the mind -- the way that dyslexics can comprehend three dimensional objects in a different way than non-dyslexics -- made so much sense to me. I've always had a very high aptitude for science, mechanics, and complex systems. I've had the ability to visualize all sides of three dimensional objects, with no effort, and I've always thought this was perfectly normal. Of course I wouldn't trade that ability, that aptitude, for normal reading. Just thinking of dyslexia as a different way of visualizing rather than a disorder is a huge leap in dealing with it.
I know there are a number of negative reviews of this book, claiming that it's pseudoscience, there's no research, or that the techniques seem "silly". Personally, I don't care. The ability to read, to really read and comprehend (and quickly, at that!), has made such an enormous difference in my life that I recommend this book to everyone who will listen. If I had read this book when I was 10 years old rather than 21, I can't imagine how much it would've changed my early years.
Please, if you have a child who is struggling through school but you know to be super smart, read this book and *try it*.
Very gratefully indebted to Dr. Davis,
Seven years later I decided I had to get a college degree, but shortly after I started classes again, I was having all the old problems with school and my grades. I couldnt figure out what the heck was wrong! I would have exams and study and study for hours only to recieve many "D"s. I would be so excited to get anything resembleming a "C" grade or better! After 2 more years of school, I had had it! I decided to get to the bottom of these "problems". One day, I had dinner with my mom, and after we left the resturant, she asked me something about the menu, I knew the answer and told her. She asked me how I knew that, and I said it was simple because I was looking at the menu in my mind. Like I had taken a picture of it. when I had looked at it earlier. My mom quickly told me, that was a very unusual way of thinking and not typical.
When I got home, I started looking up on the internet "thinking in pictures". After my research, I realised most people dont think that way, which led me to research dyslexia, which then led me to this book! I immediately checked it out of the library, and couldn't believe my eyes! Most everything the author described in the book were all the problems I was having in school! I cried I was so happy..to finally put a name to all the seemingly unrelated issues ive had my whole life! I decided to take a semester off school, and find a Davis facilitator, and go through the Davis Program. So in the last 6 months I've now returned to school, after finishing this program, and my grades have tremidously improved! I also changed my major to Art... which I recently discovered i'm actually quite talented at and love! Whew knew???
If you're an adult and suspect you're dyslexic, and have been experiencing many many failures in life whether it be through your professional life at work, or through your academic life, I HIGHLY reccommend this book. Please read it! It changed my life forever in an awesome way! And even though I do truely believe dyslexia is a gift, I will always have certain "trouble areas" with things, just because that is how my brain functions in a non-dyslexic world. But if you're struggling, dont give up just yet...read this book first! It's never too late... I didn't know until I was 29! Sheesh!
Caution: If you are a self-corrected dyslexic adult, reading this to help your kid; heed the following advice. Stop reading at page 128, then skip ahead to page 182. This will explain what to do if in your reading beyond page 128 you begin doing what I did and get a horrendous headache. I had this headache and some disorientation for about four days.
I picked up this book at the library and couldn't stop reading. The symptoms describe my son perfectly. I did the assessment and he loved it. Today I did the first "orientation counseling" session with him, and it made total sense to him. Part way through, he was so excited he was practically bouncing off the walls as he described what he was seeing with his mind's eye. He was delighted when he discovered that he could place his mind's eye back on the orientation point whenever he wanted to. He's *eight* and all of this made complete and total sense to him.
One portion of the exercise asks the facilitator to deliberately "disorient" the learner in order to teach him to place the mind's eye back on the orientation point. I pulled out a book, written for adults, on toxicity in the human body. With his mind's eye correctly oriented, my son quickly read the first few words. When he started to stumble, I simply asked him to put his mind's eye back on the orientation point, and he continued. He read words like "challenging" without any trouble or uncomfortable symptoms, just occasional reminders to "check his orientation point."
I was amazed. He looked up at me quizzically at one point because he could hear the tears in my voice. I can't believe it was working, but it was. I'm typing this half an hour later, and it's already hard to believe it actually happened. I feel like I need to pull him back in here and do it again to remind myself that it was real.
I know it will take time to train him to do this on his own, to check that orientation point and stay on it. And then there are the hours and hours of symbol mastery work to get him in charge of the letters, sounds, and words he needs to be able to read. But this is progress, this is hope.
I'm really disgusted by all the reviews by "experts" claiming that this is a "scam" and "not scientifically proven" and that there are other programs out there that are "certified" and "medically approved" and all that bru-ha-ha. I've looked at those programs. ALL of them cost thousands of dollars just to get an assessment. They don't publish their methods for the public to review or to try at home. They keep their "scientifically proven" little secrets and if you want access to them, you have to pay the big bucks. Which one is the scam?
Sounds to me like the "experts" are trying to protect their own secrets so *they* can continue to get the big bucks. They must be feeling pretty threatened by the Davis method, which can be practiced at home for the cost of a $15 book.
As for me, I am glad there are experts when I need one. I have not ruled out the possibility of having a "professional diagnosis." But when it comes to choosing a program to invest in, I'll choose one that real people are using, real people are accessing, and that I can truly understand because their materials and methods are publicly published for all to review at will.