Davis Dyslexia Facilitators’ Association of Canada


Dyslexia is a term most often used  to describe specific reading and writing learning disabilities. In Canada, we tend to use the term learning disabilities to refer to difficulties in the acquisition or use of basic academic skills such as reading, writing, or math, in persons who are deemed to have adequate intellectual potential, and adequate educational opportunitites for learning. In other words, people with learning disabilities are smart, but have great difficulty learning to read and write, and sometimes learning to do math. In other countries, the term dyslexia is used to refer collectively to these learning disabilities.

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.
As dyslexic children progress through the school system, they often become resistant to doing what is expected of them, resist encouragement to spend time reading, and develop avoidance behaviour when faced with homework, or other academic tasks. A significant problem can be misinterpreted as a motivational issue. If they do not receive appropriate help, self-esteem begins to suffer, and social problems can develop, There is a tendency for educators to focus on the negative aspects of dyslexia, because that is what is blocking the student from success.
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.

The Davis Dyslexia Correction program uses the dyslexic’s natural gifts and talents to overcome the learning disabilities aspects of dyslexia.

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