Dyslexia: Learning disorder or gift?

By Jennifer Moreau, Burnaby Now Published: March 27, 2010

Imagine you’re struggling to read the words on this page, and the letters get flipped backwards, spun upside down and turned into an incomprehensible mess. That’s a bit what it’s like to have dyslexia. But is it a learning disorder or a special gift?

pictureFor eight-year-old Freya Enright, dyslexia used to mean struggle. She would get so frustrated from school, she would come and throw screaming fits, and up until a few weeks ago, she couldn’t spell her last name.

Making it fun: Eight-year-old Freya Enright and mom Hayley work on Freya’s reading skills. The Grade 3 student received tutoring in a unique method designed to tackle the challenges of dyslexia, and had great results.

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“It was very difficult in school. I was having a lot of trouble, it was very stressful and (I couldn’t) really spell and I couldn’t get my math right,” said the Grade 3 St. Michael’s student.
Freya took a course with Sue Hall, a North Vancouver woman trained in a special technique, developed by author Ron Davis, to help people with dyslexia.

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