The Gift of Dyslexia

The Gift of Dyslexia

Why Some of the Smartest People Can't Read and How They Can Learn (Revised and Expanded)

By: Ronald D. Davis with Eldon M.Braun

First published in 1994, Ron Davis’ The Gift of Dyslexia became an immediate best-seller and changed the face of how dyslexia is viewed – and how it can be remedied – worldwide. The third revised and expanded edition published in 2010 contains added information to help with the mental techniques for orientation and attention focus that are the hallmark of the Davis program.



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Perigee Books 2010
Book Finder: ISBN: 978-0399535666

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  • Audra

    My son is 12 and school have just informed me by letter today he is showing signs of dyslexia.This has never been mentioned to me before eg.parents nights so why has it taken so long and just before he starts high school.He went to a speach therapist for 3 years from nearly 3 years old and dyspraxia was mentioned then… this linked?

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Yes, the early problems with speech and dyspraxia could be tied to the signs of dyslexia your son is now exhibiting.

      Sometimes dyslexia first becomes apparent later when school demands and expectations are increased. So it may be that your son reads well enough to manage the material he was given in the lower grades — but is running into trouble because the reading assignments are more difficult and students are expected to produce more written work.

    • Gretch

      My son is now 10 year old, he just learned to tie his shoe laces last year at 9 and sometimes just goes without tying the laces, he writes like a 6 y.o. and his attention span is short. He has trouble with letters, writes words like “theSe, cooKed, WaShing uP, eaSy, oF, aPPreciate, haS, ProVided, leaSt, Your, WardS”. Teachers writes in cursive at school and for him it all looked like hoops and refuses to write anymore. No matter how hard i try to teach and correct him, he just doesnt follow, he cant spell words well, copies letter by letter when he writes and he doesnt put space in between words. Its just frustrating coz we live in one of the small islands of the philippines and we cant support a treatment or special education for him, not to mention we dont have dyslexia center in iloilo. I once watched the movie “like stars on earth” and it got me into tears coz my son is in a pretty close case as the boy on the movie, i reviewed his hand writting and the symptoms online to know he is one. The classrooms in our province is made of 40 children per teacher, and theres no way 1 teacher can give him all the attention he needs. I talked to his teachers and they all similarly said my son wont write no matter how they try to convince him, dont answer tests and reads slowly, and always gets zero on exams. He gets teased for this and becomes aggressive at school, it doesnt help when my husband cant understand our sons “dumbness,laziness” at school, i know it breaks our son slowly and its heart breaking painful for me too. I just pity him so much and love him so much but cant afford a special school for him. What can i do to help on his situation. Please help.

      • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

        Gretch, I would encourage you to buy the book — it has very specific instructions on how to get started with the key Davis tools at home.
        We have additional support materials that you can buy as well, but because of high shipping costs, I think that it’s best when you are in a remote area to start with the book alone. That will give you a good sense of whether the Davis approach is right for you, and whether you feel comfortable with working with your own child.

  • Ifeka C

    Is their a David facilitator in Nigeria? What will i need to do to become a David Facilitator in Nigeria?

  • Melissa H

    Hello my son is 13 years old and he is intelligent but is finding himself falling to lower sets in class because he keeps doing bad on tests and assignments I’ve spoken to the school a few times about this and they just fob me off I think my son has mild dislexia. He tells me that he runs out of time in tests and usually leaves the back pages and that he has to read things over and over again to understand. At parents evening all his teachers separately tell me how clever he is if they ask him a question but getting him to put it on paper is a different story. I really want to get him help now before he fails his GCSEs over miss diagnosis please help

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Many very bright children struggle due to dyslexia, but do not qualify for a formal diagnosis or support in a school setting because they are not falling behind enough. The methods described in The Gift of Dyslexia are particularly helpful for kids like that, who often experience radical improvement when introduced to the Davis tools. With a very bright and motivated youngster, you may find that it is possible to work very successfully just following the detailed instructions in the final chapters of the book. However, you can also consult with a Davis Facilitator — a formal diagnosis is not required. If the child feels that he has a problem and wants help, then a Davis program probably will give him the tools needed to overcome that problem.

      Here is a link where you can find contact information for Davis facilitators in the UK:

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