Ron Davis discovered that dyslexia is caused by a different way of thinking. Dyslexic folks think in pictures, not with the sounds of letters and words. They often become disoriented when confronted with words that have no visual association, or written symbols. Dyslexic reading is characterized by additions or substitutions; dyslexic writing is characterized by letters left out, inconsistent spelling, letters out of sequence, or extra letters inserted in words.
Many documents about dyslexia feature famous people who have achieved great things despite their dyslexia. The Davis theory insists that they succeeded BECAUSE of their dyslexia, not in spite of it. The highly visual-spatial thinking which characterizes dyslexic folks is associated with great imagination, outside-the-box thinking, and intuitive problem-solving. It is said that Albert Einstein, one of the world’s best-known dyslexics, developed his theory of relativity as a result of imagining himself riding on a beam of light.