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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  • Maggie

    My daughter is nearly 19 and has just been diagnosed with Dyslexia at he University. She was diagnosed with auditory processing disorder when she was 10 but she’s had no special help or support.

    She did pretty well at school and is at a Russell Group university. We have always known she is incredibly bright …. are there tools and tecniques that she can ow use to help her and make her life as easy as possible?

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Maggie, the book The Gift of Dyslexia describe the tools that we use. Perhaps you could share the book with her and ask whether she would like a Davis program. If she is attending University and no longer living at home with you, it probably would be best to work with a licensed Facilitator for the initial 5-day program – you will find listings for the UK here:

  • Zeinab

    I have a son with autism and he is 13 years old. He hates reading. He can read single words and even try new words but his problem is in sentence reading. Can this program help him. I don’t know if he has dexlyxia or not but I know he has attention and focus issues.

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      If your son is high functioning and motivated to improve his reading, then the techniques described in the book may help. However, he may need more specialized help geared to his autism. There are separate programs geared to based on the Davis technique, and they now offer workshops geared to helping parent work with their own children. You will find more information about the autism programs at

  • Rafi

    I wish I knew there was help out for a condition that I did not know existed until about 15 years ago plus all these resources. Just like Betty there was no testing or any other way of knowing what you had in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Now the problem is I need to get evaluated but the nuero-psychiatrists charge mega bucks for the evaluation. The majority of the nuero-psychiatrists do not accept insurance either. I am in a sad state right now. I have now idea what to do.

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Rafi, you do not need a formal diagnosis to get help. Formal testing is needed if you want to get accommodations in the workplace or university, but we certainly don’t require it or need it for the Davis program. You can get a rough sense of where your symptoms fit by running through the online survey at

  • Miriam M

    Miriam,32yrs old ,have dyslexia since was born,its a secret have had to keep it to myself apart from my mother..challenge i have in my country no centers for in Nairobi kenya..can wish to do something about it in the future..the struggle is real honestly..Can wish to attend one seminar so that can learn more about it..could be happy to hear from you.

  • Lynsey

    I’m 40 I’m sure I’m dyslexic I would like a test please.

  • CBE

    Hi, i am an adult and recently was told to have dyslexia and when i did further reading, i had to agree with the diagnosis. I took your test and had a few components which falls in moderate and severe. I am from malaysia. Do you think it is sufficient for me to just get your book or should i still see a facilitator for a consultation?

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      If possible, it would be best to at least consult with a facilitator, especially for an adult, but it is also a good idea to get the book so that you have a sense of how a Davis program works.
      The basic methods described in the book are the same for adults as for children, but the book is tailored more towards the needs of a child struggling with basic reading skills. A facilitator would gear the program directly toward your needs and goals, which might include additional techniques to address goals that go beyond reading and reading comprehension.

  • Rita M

    My niece is 13 year old she has problem in studying ,understanding ,grasping she looks normal child but she cannot manage herself doing things personal school teacher has refered to join special school they met the doctor he presribed some medicine but they stopped that too her IQ level is below average can i get proper help or know that it is also comes under deslexia

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Rita, I think that if you can read the book, The Gift of Dysexia, it will help you understand whether your niece has a dyslexic learning style. Sometimes it helps to make a list of the child’s talents and abilities rather than focusing on difficulties, because dyslexia is a combination of strengths and weaknesses. You might also find it helpful to complete the free online survey at

  • Abhishek

    My son is 14 years old.he is unable to memorise. He is unable to read and write properly. What would be its solutions.

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Abhishek, our methods are explained in detail in the book The Gift of Dyslexia. I think you will find answers to your questions if you get this book. It is widely available in both paper and e-book format from many online booksellers.

  • Queen S

    I am a South African mother of a dyslexic daughter(20) who would like to know where in SA can I get help as she feels not worthy and losing hope for the future. She cant complete her Matric as we are struggling to get a scriber for her. She can’t get employment as she doesn’t have Matric. I will really appreciate if I can get a referral on where she can get both the scriber and the employment agency that can consider her.

  • Betty

    I am 67 yrs old & realized about 7 years ago that I am dyslexic. I struggled all through school, studying most the night & couldn’t retain it. Back in the 50’s & 60’s it wasn’t reconized. They did nothing, they didn’t know I guess. I have trouble concentrating & I have always been a poor reader, hated still do hate reading out loud. I want to understand what people are saying when having a conversation, most times I nod like I understand but I really don’t understand. I would like to have an adult conversation that I can understand. I don’t know where to start. Do you have any suggestions or am I to late/old?

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Betty, you are not too old. Davis Facilitators have worked successfully with adults of all ages, including adults in their 60’s,70’s,80’s and even 90’s.

      One starting point would be to simply find a Facilitator near you and make an appointment for a consultation. If there isn’t a facilitator nearby, you can arrange a telephone consultation. That could give you more of a sense of what a Davis program would entail and whether it is right for you at this time in your life. Facilitator listings are here:

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