What is Dyslexia?
The Gift of Dyslexia
THE GIFT OF DYSLEXIA
The mental function that causes dyslexia is a gift in the truest sense of the word: a natural ability, a talent. It is something special that enhances the individual.
Dyslexics don’t all develop the same gifts, but they do have certain mental functions in common. Here are the basic abilities all dyslexics share:
- They can utilize the brain’s ability to alter and create perceptions (the primary ability).
- They are highly aware of the environment.
- They are more CURIOUS than average.
- They think mainly in PICTURES instead of words.
- They are highly INTUITIVE and insightful.
- They think and perceive multi-dimensionally (USE ALL THE SENSES).
- They can experience thought as reality.
- They have vivid imaginations.
When the people with Dyslexia persists through their difficulties in school, these eight basic abilities will result in two characteristics: higher than normal intelligence and extraordinary creative abilities. From these, the true gift of dyslexia can emerge — the gift of mastery!
*Davis, Ronald Dell. (1994, 2010) “Chapter 1 – The Underlying Talent”, from The Gift of Dyslexia (Perigee, New York)
Multisensory Teaching Approach ( MTA)
The MTA curriculum meets all state requirements for the remediation of dyslexia. In fact, the descriptors for remediation were based on this curriculum. The MTA program provides a proven approach to teaching reading, spelling, and handwriting to students who require a structured, multisensory presentation. Reliable reading and spelling patterns in the English Language are taught using multisensory discovery techniques that are intensive, systemic, and sequential. Daily lesson plans follow a structured schedule of activities. The rapid movement of this curriculum from one activity to another helps maintain the student’s attention and keeps the student involved throughout the lesson.
Importance of Audio Books
Activities to Support Dyslexia Instruction at Home
Supporting Literacy at Home
Dyslexia is the most common learning disorder on the planet, affecting about one in five individuals, regardless of age or gender. Now a world-renowned expert gives us a substantially updated and augmented edition of her classic work: drawing on an additional fifteen years of cutting-edge research, offering new information on all aspects of dyslexia and reading problems, and providing the tools that parents, teachers, and all dyslexic individuals need.
The Dyslexic Advantage
Did you know that many successful architects, lawyers, engineers—even bestselling novelists—had difficulties learning to read and write as children? In this groundbreaking book, Brock and Fernette Eide explain how 20% of people—individuals with Dyslexia—share a unique learning style that can create advantages in a classroom, at a job, or at home. Using their combined expertise in neurology and education, the authors show how these individuals not only perceive the written word differently but may also excel at spatial reasoning, see insightful connections that others simply miss, understand the world in stories, and display amazing creativity.
Fish in a Tree
Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that Dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.