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Gift Of Dyslexia [Paperback]

Ronald D Davis , Eldon M Braun
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March 1 1997
The author shares the startling discovery that enabled him to overcome his own dyslexia, reveals how dyslexia can be related to high levels of intelligence, and offers a plan that anyone with dyslexia can use to conquer the common disability. Tour.

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Levinson's use of patient testimonials and case studies to describe his breakthroughs in the treatment of dyslexia makes for a medical text that reads like a novel. He traces both his research on the connection between dyslexia and the inner ear and cerebellum and also the scientific community's skepticism regarding his claims. Formerly a professor at New York University Medical School and currently director of the Medical Dyslexic Treatment Center, Levinson acknowledges criticism and errors and, overall, offers a balanced view of his methods. In the process, he reveals the unfortunate increase in the politics of scientific research. Levinson's book is recommended as a source for the most current research, an account of the patients' plight, and an expose of the scientific debate. Davis, on the other hand, emphasizes child development, psychology, and education rather than medical treatment. As a dyslexic individual and a teacher, he offers a unique perspective on the subject of learning disabilities. Through his own real-life experiences he shares what everyone needs to know about dyslexia, what the dyslexic student encounters in a typical school, and what is needed to teach such students effectively. To support his conclusion that dyslexics have special talents of perception, imagination, and intuition, Davis cites talented and brilliant figures from Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci to Churchill and Walt Disney. He concludes with a test, written in simple language and printed in a large typeface to make it easier to read. Given Levinson's medical focus, his text is recommended for academic and larger public libraries, while Davis's book is appropriate for all types of libraries.
Samuel T. Huang, Northern Illinois Univ. Libs., DeKalb
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Scared by the Bigwigs March 31 2004
By A Customer
Some of the bad reviews for this book are scarey to read if you are a mom trying to help your child. They say it goes against scientific evidence and they use a lot of big words to make their case. My advice is to buy the book and try the Davis method for yourself. It worked for my 8 year old daughter and it is not cumbersome or complicated. After just the first "Orientation" session she went from reading one paragraph with 20 mistakes, to reading the same paragraph with NO mistakes. I've also called the helpline at the back of the book whenever I got stuck implementing the program and they were always happy to give advice. If you are wading in a scientific sea of information on how to help your dyslexic child, this is one method you should not be afraid to try. It just might by the thing that works for you. Wouldn't you trade all the "scientific evidence" in the world for just one book that might help your child to read?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I am an adult with dyslexia. My nephew who is 11 also has dyslexia. As a dyslexic I was able to read and understand this book. It was like someone put in words exactly how I think. It also offers materrial to help dyslexics retrain the way they learn. Truely amazing for me and my nephew. This will work for a child or adult. Every teacher should read this book. It explains why phonics generally will not help a dyslexic. It heped me understand why learning to read in school was so hard for me and gave me tips on what to do when I am having trouble with what I am reading or reading but not understanding. The tricks do work!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works for adults!! June 22 2004
My 24 year old son just went through the program described in this book. He went from a 7th grade reading level with close to 0 comprehension to an 11th grade reading level with full comprehension in 5 days. I wasn't sure it would help him as it seemed his vision was so compromised, and his eyes jumped around so much - I was afraid his problem was largely vision, but now his eyes are rested, and nothing blurs. I am amazed and grateful. He now longer believes he's stupid. So much time was lost, in special ed and then dropping out of school altogether after 8th grade - but now at least he can pursue whatever he wants as an adult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book tells it like it is! Jan. 12 2003
I do not have dislexia, but my wife does. When I read this book out loud to her she cried. This book is written from the mind of a dislexic, and has insight that a person who does not have dislexia may not believe. There are a few people here who have given this book low marks. Those people may have a different form of learning disablity, so this book may not work well for them. As for my wife, she said 'as hard as it is to believe what is written in this book, it is absolutely correct' (at least for her). There are some educators who have posted that they think this book is 'misinformation'. Those people are well-meaning, but I am writing this to tell you that 'thinking with pictures' is exactly how my wife's mind works. If you know someone with dislexia, buy this book! You must understand that people with dislexia don't realize how different their minds are from those without it. How often do we talk about our mental images and how ours minds work? Not very often. This book talks about it, and helps non-dislexics understand the workings of the dislexic mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Dyslexia for the Non-Dyslexic Jan. 19 2002
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Extremely helpful for the parent struggling to understand a dyslexic child - we sought out the therapy -drove a considerable distance, paid a lot of money - therapist was very competent but our child was a little young at the time (8). We thought doing it a year later would have been better, as he was resistant to it because he still wasn't clear how important reading was going to be in his life. We still could go back for a follow up (for free) and we may. Our child now reads slightly above grade level (he's almost 12 now) but he will never spell. (By the way he is also extremely gifted, off the charts in almost all tests and is three years ahead of grade in math). Davis is right about the gifted part - no question. Our psychiatrist works at NIH, says the brain scans on dyslexic kids are just plain different- my theory is whatever makes the brain not see some things correctly (or the way the rest of us see them)enables these kids to see other things more clearly - in our son's case it is spatial reasoning and the ability to understand mathematical concepts. Best thing in the book is the page where Davis shows how many different ways these kids see each letter before they have to decide what it is -and demonstrates how they actually read faster than the rest of us (many times faster)in order to decipher it at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It will change your life! Dec 15 2001
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My daughter went through the Davis program with a facilitator nearly a year ago. It has changed her life. The Davis methods work. If I had listened to all of the others who left me NO hope, I wonder where my daughter would be right now. I thank God that I did not give up like I was encouraged to do. Many thought I was nuts, and still do, but the Davis methods worked!
I see others with her learning style failing miserably in the academic setting---suffering from low self esteems as well, and I am so very thankful that I found Davis' web site. His program isn't a gimmick---in fact, it requires a lot of work from the dyslexic to complete the Symbol Mastery portion of the program.
Once you truly understand how dyslexics think, you understand how they learn. Every single day I'm discovering more about the picture thinking process, and I am making new connections as to how to teach those with this learning style. I also have a deep understanding of disorientation and have learned what exactly causes my daughter to disorient---more importantly, so has she.
She has an incredible understanding of how she thinks and learns. She also has an incredible understanding of her numerous talents. More importantly, she knows why school is challenging to her right now, knows she is very intelligent, and doesn't mind working hard to correct the difficulties. There are not many 7 year olds who can make those claims!
I look forward to meeting Ron Davis someday and telling him what an incredible impact he has made on our lives and so many others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book
As a dyslexic who took years to find coping strategics, this book described me so well and Davis' suggested solutions make plenty of sense. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2009 by M. P. Walton-knight
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is telling the truth!
I was trying to help a little girl who was struggling to learn to read a couple weeks ago, when I discovered that she most likely had dyslexia, though she wasn't officially tested. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars not what I had in mind
I wished I hadn't started highlighting in this book, so I could send it back. It's not bad, just not what I wanted. My niece has dyslexia and I am an elementary school teacher. Read more
Published on April 26 2003 by Tammy Vickroy
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT for Dads
As a father of a son with dyslexia this book is GREAT - also suffer myself. It is excellent in opening the eyes to seeing how dyslexia is a different way of seeing the world. Read more
Published on April 15 2003 by Brett Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT for Dads
As a father of a son with dyslexia this book is GREAT - also suffer myself. It is excellent in opening the eyes to seeing how dyslexia is a different way of seeing the world. Read more
Published on April 15 2003 by Brett Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift of Dyslexia
While I am not one to write reviews, I found myself appalled by the poor reviews that this book received. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars This book tells it like it is!
I do not have dislexia, but my wife does. When I read this book out loud to her she cried. This book is written from the mind of a dislexic, and has insight that a person who... Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2003 by Jim Wamsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped my 9 year old with more than reading
A friend loaned me this book when I told her I thought my 9 year old could hardly read. She is extremely bright (GATE child), yet could barely read a beginner's chapter book. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2002 by Kate Picher
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Gifts are Unleashed NOW!
This book was found by me after reading many other books about learning disabilities. As I sifted through the conventional resources, trying to help my third child to read at... Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2002 by Angela Odom
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