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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  • 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:

  • Jean

    Are we suppose to read a book about learning to read? This doesn’t make sense to get someone who is dyslexic to READ a book for help. Is there an audio book or podcast?

  • David B

    I need help, where or how can I find it.

  • Charmaine

    My Husband & son has this. I need a audio book.

    Are they also available in SA?

  • Susan

    My boyfriend has dyslexia and ADD and gets very frustrated and start pulling his hair. I don’t know how to react to him or me feel better. I want to be supportive and make him feel that’s it ok if he can’t pronounce a word or he just has high anxiety. What would you suggest

  • Thembisa M

    I have a daughter who has the same signs of dyslexia I also want the book The Gift of Dyslexia where can I get it here in South Africa

    Im very interested to know more and help my child

  • Okurut

    can sport exercise help chn of dyslexia?

  • Nduka S

    I don’t think there is a facilitator in Nigeria and is a lot of concern to me. My daughter us 10yrs and she finds it difficult to understand simple arithmetic. Her righting is nothing to write home about. It is a headache to the teachers pointing out one everyday.
    Now she is getting demoralised over the way she is being pushed. She is currently in primary 4, please what do I do.

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Nduka, you are right, there are no Davis Facilitators in Nigeria. However, the book The Gift of Dyslexia has specific instructions in how to get started with our basic techniques, as well as information that will help you understand your daughter’s learning style.

    • casey

      Hi, our son is also VERY dyslexic. There are some great books out there now to give some tips on how to make daily life more livable. Dyslexia and the iPad. There are some really good dictation software and “reading” software that come free with most computers. If you buy Kindle books on Amazon you can also add the Audio Book, giving your child the ability to have the book read to them as they hear it.

      There are multiple DYSLEXIA fonts out there that you can upload onto the computer to make it easier for your child to read the words.

      The best thing you can do is support your child. Focus and concentration are not the answer patience and a good system are. You need professional tutoring.

      Also, try to educate the teachers and the school. every day badgering from teachers will tear your child apart more than not being able to read or write.

      Good luck and much strength.

  • Janet G

    I am from Namibia Southern Africa is there any way you can help my son he is 26 yrs can not read or write I am very desperate please help me

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