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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
Format:Paperback
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
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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
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is telling the truth! Feb. 16 2004
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Format:Paperback
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. I started searching to try and understand dyslexia, when I found out that I had it myself, and never knew it!
When I read The Gift of Dyslexia, I was so amazed at just how accurately the author described what I went through. I've read other people's ideas on what dyslexia is and what causes it. I usually agree with them about 50% or so. I agree with The Gift of Dyslexia nearly 100%!
This book has helped me to understand myself so much better than I did before I read it. I used to think that I was nuts about certain things. (Example: I can read and write well, but at the same time, I have difficulty reading and writing, and that didn't make any sense to me.)
Anyway, I really recommend this book to anyone searching for answers about dyslexia. It is very enlightening!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR LEARNING DISABLED June 28 1999
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The Gift of Dyslexia was written by a man who is autistic not learning desabled. Autistics often have incredible visual abilities. Ronald Davis is such an autistic person. To help him over come his problem, he created a method to control his extreme visual abilities. His method may work on a student who has extreme visual skills but will not be effective on learning disabled students. Most students with learning disabilities lack sufficient visual abilities. Futhermore, he uses no research to support his theories and argues against researched and proven theories. He consistantly blames the current education system for creating learning diabilities. Ronald was born with autism, it was not created when he began school.
In addition, his treatment gives verbal directions that are complex and difficult to understand. Many learning diabled students struggle with verbal directions. If a learning disabled student has any communication problems they will be lost and confused by the treatment.
His assessment tries to determine if the program will work for the student and is impossible to score accurately. An examiner asks the student to imagine and then state if she of he sees what is asked. There is no way to know if the student can actually do this or not. A more accuate evaluation would be given by a specialist to determine the level of visual spatial skills of the student. A student with normal to below normal visual spatial skill would not benefit from his treatment. L.S. Special Education Teacher, Masters of Education
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book Sept. 13 2009
Format:Paperback
As a dyslexic who took years to find coping strategics, this book described me so well and Davis' suggested solutions make plenty of sense. I wish I had know about this as a child, it would have made learning to read and write so much simpler!
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Gift of Dyslexia July 11 2002
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Very informative and well written but it is NOT a self-help book. It's a good book to help your kids or students but if YOU are the dyslexic seeking help for your self this is not the book for you.
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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 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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