Related Learning Challenges
More than seventy so-called learning disabilities appeared to be related, or are varieties of, dyslexia as Ron Davis defines it. Below is a selection of challenges which have benefited from the methods described in “The Gift of Dyslexia” and “The Gift of Learning”.
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder)
ADD is a clinically defined medical condition, which includes impulsivity, easily distracted and the inability to maintain attention or focus on what is being presented. However, Ron Davis feels that many of the children currently being diagnosed with ADD, are simply highly imaginative, highly intelligent picture-thinkers, who learn 200-4,000 faster than the norm, and are able to alter their perception of all senses, including time, balance and motion. This is covered more fully in Chapter 10 of “The Gift of Dyslexia” and in “The Gift of Learning”.
Central Auditory Processing Disorder
This term is being increasingly used to describe individuals who have problems with listening, either in distinguishing sounds, in their language or in comprehending the words they hear.
Difficulty writing or an inability to write. This is very common in ‘gifted’ children. Chapter 5 in “The Gift of Learning” explains how multiple images or certain motions can cause in accurate perception. The visual/spatial/kinesthetic learner sees pictures at a rate of 32 per second. “A picture tells a thousand words” but the hand is not able to work at that speed, so it often becomes jammed. There are many points at which confusion can occur- the shape of a letter – the spelling – where to start – which direction to go – the spelling and then the content!
Difficulty in spatial awareness, co-ordination, social awareness. It appears to be related to the confusion some dyslexics have with compass directions, spatial orientation, and directional words such as ‘left, right, up and down’.
Dyscalculia is a difficulty in learning or comprehending arithmetic, understanding numbers, learning how to manipulate numbers, and learning facts in mathematics, which affects 6% of the population.