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has anybody read `the gift of dyslexia` by Ronald D davis?

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TheLaminator Thu 23-Jun-11 12:02:53

hi, my hbusband (37) is about to be assesed for dyslexia, he has had a short assesement which has flagged characteristics.
He has struggled socially & educationally all his life. He`s an artist, has a degree & fulltime work in a job he loves. He has acheived this with many coping statergies over the years & has been lucky enough to have had his natural artistic talent to be able to get on in the world.
His chilhood was abit messed up, his mum is bit bit nuts & his dad worked away alot when he was groeing up. His difficulties, although soooo obvious were always blamed on outside factors ie, he `caught` his stutter at nursery & the repeated phrase of `you were fine til you had that fever when you were 7` Drives me nuts.....

anyhow, i`m reading this book and its very interesting. The disabilitiy is makeing alot more sence to me now. Has anyone else read it and/or gone through any of the correcting proceedures? The book is generally aimed at children, and I`m wondering just how effective these techniques would be for adults who have created 30 odd years of coping statergies?

Also, can anyone point me in the right direction for additional reading? I beleive knowledge is power & want to do as much as i can to support my hubby so he can develop personally & professionally, he`s been held back so much. Its time for him to finally feel in control & grow, especially as we have two beautiful boys now & he really doent want to pass on his anxieties to them.

any advice greatfully recieved, thanks.

dolfrog Wed 06-Jul-11 19:16:45

The concept of giftedness comes from Australia, and has been used since as a marketing tool to try to sell some dyslexia related programs.

Dyslexia is a man made problem, Social Construct, about having problems using a man made communication system the visual notation of speech, or the graphic symbols used by society to represent speech. There are three cognitive subtypes of dyslexia auditory, visual and attentional, you will need to identify which of these issues are causing the dyslexic symptom, as most have more serious symptoms than dyslexia.

Developmental Dyslexia has a genetic origin, Alexia (acquired dyslexia) results from a brain injury, stroke, dementia or progressive illness.

I have a few dyslexia research paper collection listed in my Dyslexia and related issues web page, which includes a living with dyslexia collection

you may also find this articles of some interest I think in pictures, you teach in words: The gifted visual-spatial learner

lillybloom Thu 11-Aug-11 08:47:27

My DH is dyslexic. He works as an engineer in a very high pressured environment and is very sucessful. Interestingly, there are a few dyslexic engineers on his team. He sincerely believes the reason he -and the others- are so good at their jobs is down to their dyslexia. They view designs differently from the norm. For writing his reports he experimented with changing fonts and background colours until he found something that was more comfortable , but not perfect.

mummytime Thu 11-Aug-11 09:29:31

I found some of the Gift of Dyslexia helpful. If you think it might help then I'd suggest trying the exercises in there if you can follow the instructions. If you get confused with them but still want to try then you could look at "Seeing Spells Achieving". All of which I would do before spending thousands on seeing a Davis consultant (it is a bit commericialised). However I would also suggest reading more widely, if you have a local BDA group then some of their meetings might be good (whatever Dolfrog may say my local group had some talks from some very up to date professionals and even alternative therapists).

There are lots of Dyslexics in some creative areas, such as engineering.

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