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Dyslexia atop jumbled letters

Parents are often confused by different labels and diagnoses that have been suggested to be a the root of their child’s learning or behavior difficulties.

More than seventy learning disability categories appear to be either related to dyslexia, or to be different manifestations of dyslexia.

The methods described in The Gift of Dyslexia and The Gift of Learning have been used successfully to provide varying degrees of improvement for all the following conditions:

ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder):
The inability to maintain attention or focus on what is being presented. There is a genuine medical condition called ADHD, which prevents a person from maintaining attention on anything for long. However, Ron Davis feels that many children being currently diagnosed with ADHD are simply bored with the way subjects are taught in US schools.
A condition that prevents a person from being in contact with outside reality. Based on his personal experience, Ron Davis describes it as “like super-dyslexia, only with more severe disorientations triggered by auditory stimuli.” The Davis approach to autism is detailed in the book, Autism and the Seeds of Change.
Central Auditory Processing Disorder:
This term is being increasingly used to describe individuals who have problems with listening, either in distinguishing sounds in their language or in comprehending the words they hear. Those who use this ‘diagnosis’ admit that they don’t know what causes it or what to do about it. We believe it is a result of disorientation and the inability of dyslexic people to think with abstract words.
Difficulty with math or an inability to use numbers and do math.
Difficulty writing or an inability to write.
Dysmapia (a new term coined by Alice Davis):
Difficulty with reading maps or finding places. It appears to be related to the confusion some dyslexics have with compass directions, spatial orientation, and directional words such as “left,” “right,” “up” and “down.”
Executive Function Disorder
Executive function are mental skills that enable people to complete tasks and interact with others. A person with executive function disorder will have poor organizational skills and difficulty controlling their own behavior.
Inattention or “daydreaming” with the addition of physical motion by the student. Ron Davis’ theory is that this movement is caused by distortions in the senses of balance, movement and time when a student is disoriented.
Sensory Processing Disorder:
Difficulty receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. Individuals with SPD may oversensitive or undersensitive to sounds or textures in their environment; they may be clumsy and have a poor sense of balance.

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  • Dustin D

    I have trouble speaking the correct words. I often make the joke that I’m dyslexic for words. For instance, I’ll say, “Can you bring that house by the book?” Instead of, “Can you bring that book by the house?” It’s very frustrating at times, because usually I can’t fix it, and I don’t know which one is correct out loud. I thought it was just a fluke at first, but it happened more and more, so I think I might have some sort of disorder.

    • Tony B

      It sounds like you are thinking about what you going to say like reading from a script would this be accurate?

  • Jaz

    Idk if I have dyslexia but I have speech problems and hard to understand big words for example if someone said a word I would understand I would need them to change it to a same similar word to the bigger word . I also sometimes don’t make sense .

  • Jacqueline

    I have issues with compass directions, spatial orientation, reading a map and following the directions don’t go together for me. It takes me a long while to remember a route without a satnav, and yes I still get lost using one by confusing the turnings. However once I’ve learnt a route properly I very rearly forget it. I find it easier to read road signs as the satnav is confusing.

    If I am stressed I have to read things several times before it goes in or stays in my head. have become very forgetful.

    Just looking into the fact that I may be dyslexic.

  • olivia

    I haet having dyslexia its so hrad to reade and im 13 and have a lot of troubel readeing and writing the simplest words

    • Lisa R

      Hang in there, just remember it doesn’t mean your aren’t smart. Look up “Richard Branson “ he is a Billionaire with dexlexia!

    • minoo

      I think I have dyslexia, I read slowly, I get irritated with people making noise around me and have trouble concentrating on my work, I have trouble with directions etc, etc but I have 4 degrees including a PhD and I see links and patterns others don’t….so whenever someone finds one thing difficult, they probably are good at other things so be brave and believe in yourself

  • Kenny

    I believe I have dyslexia and I contracted it from a dog when I was a young child…

    The Dog would sit on my face and lick my lap…

    Of course it is a joke. I think being dyslexic you have the ability many abilities that other people don’t one being a great sense of humor But I do believe I have several of the symptoms mentioned in the article I just read. I am 54 years old I have worked in construction my entire life. I am physically fit. Being labeled slow stupid he doesn’t understand making the same mistake again late for work again. Oh the list goes on… But sometime we get to pull something off that wasn’t expected out of us and we save the day. And it was the simple things that people were tripping over not seeing but we picked it up looked at it it said hey does this have to go somewhere first before that. I have many stories. One of them was a room full of nuclear physicists At the end of the conversation they were saying to themselves why didn’t we think of that. I have to read things over and over again with little comprehension but put me in front of a set of blueprints of a 7-story building I can show you things and problems that thay don’t even know exist yet. Like others that I’ve read I do not wish dyslexia on anyone at the moment I work in a shop I do staircases I love what I do and I’ve never worked a day in my life good luck to you all.

  • Bonnie Camo MD

    The term “dysmappia” has been independently coined by many sufferers of this condition. Most of us spell it with 2 p’s. It is an interesting exercise to google “dysmappia” or dysmapia, and see how many people have independently come up with this term. I thought I was the only one, but have found many others who amazingly gave it the same name.

  • constance

    Is there relation between dexlexia & schizophrenia?

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Dyslexia is a learning difference that is usually evident in early childhood, even though it might not be recognized until later. We would not consider schizophrenia to be similar to dyslexia or something that would be likely confused with dyslexia.

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