Experiences – Reports from Adults

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The Davis program was created by a dyslexic adult, based on discoveries made when he managed to correct his own dyslexia at age 38.  The program was developed through continued research with adult volunteers. Davis Facilitators have worked successfully with adults of all ages — even some in their 90’s.

Davis works for adults where other programs have failed because it geared to the way that dyslexics think, and provides adults with tools to enhance their own innate mental strengths. Davis programs are provided in a confidential, one-on-one setting, and individually tailored to individual goals.

I can now stop the dizzy feeling in my head. In the past I’ve talked to my doctor about it and could only describe it to her as “feeling off”. This week I’ve learned that it’s being disoriented AND I can correct it! I can already see improvement in my disorganized way of tackling tasks. I am able to approach things in a more systematic manner and actually complete a job!

Pat, 34 years old, mother of two, Ongario, Canada - from Mind over Dyslexia

I have quietly struggled with dyslexia for many, many years.  Early last year I discovered the Davis Dyslexia Programme.

At the beginning of the course we set clear goals to aim for so I could see my improvement. Throughout the course there were several ah-ha moments when a problem was solved.

Over the years I have done various courses to help me improve my reading speed and spelling but I have found the Davis Dyslexia Programme the most beneficial.

Gillian, Australia - from Dyslexia Unlocked

I’ve been able to understand things I’ve read. Last night, I went to the art museum and was able to read the wall plaques and comprehend!

Male, age 29, Michigan - from New Chapter Learning

I am an IT consultant who works in the software testing aspect of IT; I have built myself a very successful career over about 15 or so years; I have always struggled with reading and writing; although have a great mind for solution and big picture views. I have just completed your amazing course.  For the first time ever in my life I have become excited about reading (I’m nearly 40 years old!) My handwriting has changed so dramatically my wife did not believe it was mine!

Paul, New Zealand - from Optimum Learning

I am embracing the meanings of words into my subconscious. I have improved my reading and am better at reading aloud. I have more confidence in my reading. I can focus easily without working at it.

Male, age 26, Texas - from New Perceptions Learning Center

My reading is dramatically different. I understand so much more, even from books I’ve already read. From the very beginning of the program, I could see a big difference in my reading and comprehension.

Dan, Illinois, US - from Chicago Dyslexia Center

Before doing this program, I would get distracted easily and not finish my work. I am relieved to find out I am dyslexic, and glad I have my new tools. I wish I would’ve done this program sooner, so I didn’t have to struggle for so long.

Weijia, graduate student, age 33, New Jersey - from New Perspectives in Learning

I could hardly read at all before I started the programme. For the first time, I finished a book without getting frustrated or angry. I pinched a book from primary school because I wanted to read it and now over 30 years later I can read it. I am more mellow now and starting to be me again. I’ve found myself! This course works – better than anything else I’ve tried.

Dave, New Zealand - from Wellington Learning Solutions

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  • Linda Sue Cates

    Feel sure am dyslexic as can’t spell even spell check has no clue.
    Mispronounced word all the time to the point don’t used the words
    Love to read. Read all the time just about any subject
    Am auto didactic I know that’s not spelled right but I discovered that word and realized it was meant self talk and that’s what IM
    M 85 i’m so tired of trying to write and being unable to write because I can’t spell and I can’t even pronounce the word that I want to use even though I can sort of see it
    Use the voice thing a lot in my text and riding I love that feature feature but it doesn’t always understand the word that I’m trying to say

    Is there help for me it really stresses me out to be this way I would love to write

    And by the way I am still working I work for the US Census Bureau conducting surveys various surveys and it’s very hard for me to write my notes up because I can’t spell and I don’t use spellcheck or the voice thing

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      It’s never too late to get help if you want it — and Davis programs always begin with tools that will help relieve stress and develop awareness and self-control over your mental state and energy levels.

  • Richard E. R.

    How lucky that I found this part of the site. I am age 86 and the desire to continue my education keeps driving me. It was at the age of 52 that i started to discover my condition. Also have discovered I am mostly self taught. This will continue tell the end of my life.

    Whom ever reads this and if you have this condition there is always help. Never give up. You have many more friends than you know.

  • dom

    I am 42 years old and was diagnosed as being dyslexic since age 8. I did go to special schools and I left school age 16 as I found exams extremely stressful and even though I have done well for myself, I really struggle with working for someone as I lack self belief and have anxiety when my bosses want to talk to me and I feel I am being talked down or attacked, even when I they are just asking questions. I feel an imposter even when I can do the job. This is just getting worse. I have looked for help with proffesionals but nothing has worked, what can one do to reticify this?

  • Tracey H

    I’m trying to find a way to explain to my employer how new paper work can affect someone with dyslexia but I’m not sure where to look .

    Kind regards

  • R Troy

    My son is 26, and was diagnosed with Dyslexia at age 10. I always told him how intelligent he is and told him about all the famous dyslexics I could learn about. He has very low confidence and feels like he is not good at anything. He does many things well, but he says he feels lost because he doesn’t know what his strengths are. (He even volunteered over 2 years to help troubled boys, and he was loved!) He says hearing about all the famous dyslexics made him feel like he had to be famous in order to be worth something. This is hindering his relationships. He’s had some counseling but not from anyone who really understands dyslexia. How can I help him find the right help, or focus?

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Have you read The Gift of Dyslexia? I think Ron Davis’ book is the only one I have ever read that actually provides a way to access and use the inner gifts. If your son is struggling inside, he probably needs more than parental encouragement. Ron Davis was 38 years old when he made the discoveries that led to the development of the Davis program — these methods work for adults, and they work well, precisely because they are geared to dyslexic strengths rather than attempting to remediate weaknesses.

  • Kara O

    Hi, my partner is dyslexic. we live in Australia. Can you please help?

  • Beth S

    I volunteer a couple of times a week, teaching English to adult refugees. I’ve recently met a woman from the Congo (DNC). She’s extremely bright, tries very very hard, participates very actively in class, and speaks English in complete, nearly perfect sentences. However, when it comes to reading and writing, she’s constantly guessing at words, confusing b’s and d’s and p’s.) Her expectations of herself are so high, and she’s so self-critical. I can’t help but suspect that she might have a learning disability. Could you please recommend how I should get her properly evaluated? I would be willing to help finance this endeavor, if necessary. It’s simply heartbreaking to watch someone try so hard, yet to no avail.

    • Abigail Marshall, DDAI webmaster

      Beth, you may want to contact a local literacy organization for a recommendation as to resources for evaluation.

      Keep in mind that a formal evaluation is not needed in order to begin to help with the problems you describe. The book The Gift of Dyslexia provides enough information for a teacher to get started on using Davis techniques with a student, if you are able to spend some extra time working with your student one-on-one.

  • Wayne M

    I am dyslexia i was diagnosed at the aga 10. I move schools where a learning facility could provide me with the attention i need at this time and so on into high school… i work hard but at the same time was easily distracted by friends and other activities! I am now 41 and live in Cyprus, even though i have had a good life and pushed for my goals! I have always had reading and writing problems, including never reading out loud and even writing my signature my hand is shaking so forms are a nightmare lets say!! For many years i would hide my inner thoughts not letting anyone know my dyslexia! From the outside 6’6″ in good shape no one had a clue… but inside i had pain and fear eating away at my soul for many years. I would love to feel more confident and at ease in correcting my dyslexia. Its been a long hard journey but know one said life is easy…

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