Dispelling the myths

MYTH
Dyslexics are learning disabled. Every dyslexic is perfectly capable of learning, and some of them, amazingly, considering their experiences, still love learning. They just don’t learn the way they are taught.

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You can grow out of dyslexia. The perceptual ability that they have is genetic; it is in their blueprint.

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You can only learn to read by phonic, phonetic instruction.

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Everyone is able to process verbally.

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Dyslexia can be cured with drugs, diet and special routines. The perceptual ability – the gift in dyslexia – brings with it far too many valuable talents to be cured!

TRUTH
There is such a thing as dyslexia. Some people have significant difficulty with words: sometimes with reading them, sometimes with spelling them, sometimes with understanding them, sometimes with finding and pronouncing them.

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Dyslexia is a teaching disability. It is the result of a collision between a particular way of learning and an education system that doesn’t understand this learning style.

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Certain people can have this perceptual ability, and not show obvious signs of learning challenges. It depends where they are on the continuum between picture thinking and sound thinking, to what extent they use their ability, and the coping skills that they may have created.

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This perceptual ability leads to many talents in the three-dimensional world.

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Many extremely successful people are successful because of their perceptual ability, NOT in spite of it.

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Dyslexia is genetic.

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They can have days where they are more dyslexic than others. There is a Threshold of Confusion, which varies according to environmental factors. Some days they can appear to be more dyslexic than others.

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There is no definitive test for dyslexia. Even Educational Psychologists will agree with this.

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There is a way of establishing whether a person has the perceptual ability – the gift of dyslexia – which can lead to challenges in learning. The Perceptual Ability Assessment [Chapter 26, The Gift of Dyslexia].

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Anyone can administer this perceptual assessment; the professionals who do so, are Davis Dyslexia Correction Facilitators.

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One third of the population prefer to process non-verbally – ie visually and/or kinesthetically.

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If a person spells a word to you, you know that they are seeing what you see, and you can then tell them what the word is.

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At best, a good diet, free of intolerances, and free of as much sugar as possible, will raise the Threshold of Confusion.

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Dyslexics can correct their challenges. They can learn to control their perception, remove confusions, create image-based meaning, leading to effective reading, spelling, writing, Math, co-ordination and ability to focus their attention.