What is dyslexia?

 “…it is a compound of simple factors which can be dealt with step-by-step”
Ronald D. Davis

Dyslexia is an alternative way of thinking.

Dyslexics think predominantly with pictures as opposed to the sounds of words.

What is Dyslexia? It turns out that Dyslexics are intelligent people who experience great difficulty with some or all of the following; reading, writing, spelling and mathematical symbols.

However, dyslexia is not limited to literacy issues. It can affect a range of areas, including motor skills, organisation, focus, time and processing difficulties. Because the root cause of dyslexia is not understood, individuals are often treated as though they are being deliberately ‘difficult’ and uncooperative or lazy.


What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is an alternative way of thinking. Dyslexics think predominantly with pictures as opposed to the sounds of words. The difficulty is with two-dimensional symbols such as letters of the alphabet, numerals, musical notes and with the high frequency words such as ; the, and, is, it, etc. These symbols can cause the picture thinker to feel confused.

Try this: imagine an elephant, a house, a stack of books, a pencil, your cat. 
Now, imagine;  ‘the’ , what did you see? A picture or a word – or nothing?

When there isn’t a picture for a word, this is the moment the confusion starts for a picture thinker. They will become more confused and stressed when their picture thinking process does not work. They will concentrate harder and become more tense until the brain will no longer receive accurate messages.

The resulting sense of frustration and negative emotional reactions leads to low self esteem and coping and covering up solutions i.e class clown, day dreaming, dependence on others etc.
To give you an example of what it feels like to be dyslexic – imagine sitting in your car, stopped at the lights. The car next to you moves forward and you put your foot on the brake – because you think you are moving. At that moment your brain is not receiving an accurate message about what is happening around you. You are experiencing the feeling of dyslexia or ‘disorientation’. This inaccurate sensory perception appears at diffferent times and in different ways for different people, and some days are better than others, hence the inconsistency of dyslexic symptoms.
There can be a tremendous amount of shame, embarrassment and humiliation attached to not being able to read and write fluently. It is a dyslexic’s worst nightmare to be caught out and exposed in the workforce, school or within the family circle.
Going through a Davis programme myself made me realise that dyselxia could be dealt with. As Ron Davis (the person who created the Davis programmes) said, “Dyselxia is not a complexity; it is a compound of simple factors which can be dealt with step-by-step. If any of this sounds familiar, do contact me. I am always happy to talk about dyslexia. I’ve been through it myself and now delight in helping others as a Davis Dyslexia Facilitator.

Sound Familiar?

Dyslexia is an alternative way of thinking, primarily using pictures or images, that enables individuals to view the world from many different perspectives and in creative ways. 3D strengths and abilities can cause confusion if applied to 2D activties such as reading or writing. The Davis Programmes help you work in both worlds ease-fully!



Professional services described as Davis™, including Davis Dyslexia Correction®, Davis™ Symbol Mastery, Davis™ Orientation Counseling,  Davis™ Attention Mastery,  Davis™ Math Mastery, and Davis™ Reading Program for Young Learners  may only be provided by persons who are trained and licensed as Davis Facilitators or Specialists by Davis Dyslexia Association International.

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