" a general term for disorders that involve difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols, but that do not affect general intelligence."
According to Ronald.D Davis:
" At dyslexia's root is a natural ability, a talent."
Gift or difficulty?
Who is right?
The following lines are going to show that the gift exists well, that the intellectual abilities are there but regarding the school work it is more difficult.
Who didn't spent hours learning and working for a result that finally represents neither the energy nor the time invested?
Who didn't get to hear " concentrate better, work more, pay attention, listen..?" And it was actually what you thought you were doing.
Everyone has different abilities and hidden talents but often fail to implement them successfully.
Now, thanks to the work of Ron Davis, we can help you while considering your talent to progress and overcome your difficulties to finally succeed.
Having learning disabilities represents only one aspect of dyslexia: the others are much more positive: visual and spacial ability, vivid imagination, extraordinary creativity, higher intelligence than normal.
Do you know these people?
They are dyslexics!
These are just some examples, but the list is long. They were all geniuses in their respective fields.
Each had a talent in a specific area. We can tell stories without being able to read, write music without knowing the notes, have had problems in school but be a physicist or engineer.
Being dyslexic is to be different but this does not prevent to be gifted in certain areas. Dyslexia is not a handicap but a talent. We have to discover it and use it wisely.
What is therefore this talent ?
They have different perceptual abilities that give them the opportunity to see words and pictures from different angles or aspects.
So why is it so difficult for them?
Simply because they struggle with the defaults of their qualities and think mainly in pictures. It depends on their way of learning.
Non verbal thinking... Verbal thinking
Apply the same principle to a word… What is happening?
From then on, it is difficult. Whatever the angle of view, a cat is still a cat. But words, are they always words? Do the letters remain in the right order? And direction?
However abstract words like: with, in, why..... are difficult to imagine.
The fact that there are no pictures for these words causes confusion.The cause of the missunderstanding is the void, which creates more confusion and stress.
Confusion is the source of:
behavioral problems: dreaming or hyperactive character
slow reading, writing or understanding
missunderstanding of reading
inability to read or just misreading
problems in mathematics
misunderstanding of instructions or questions.
Dyslexia is not a lack of intelligence but the way to access this intelligence is missing.
How to solve it
The first step is to resolve the confusion by finding pictures for abstract words.
How? By using clay. This allow a 3-D representation of concepts or words that are unclear.
Clay is one of the aspect of the method, the others are: exercises to control the energy, improve the ability to relax, balance and reading.
These exercises improve understanding, learning, help long-term memory and eliminate problems in:
attention (without medication)
Which form does it take?
An intensive 30 hours course, usually a week is needed to learn to control disorientation due to the confusion, to discover personal ways to learn and new possibilities of working and adapt it, as well as develop self-confidence.
These are usually days of six hours with small breaks an a bigger one for lunch.