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The Dyslexic Reader 2004 - Issue 36

The Dyslexic Reader 2004 - Issue 36



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The Abilities of those with Reading Disabilities - Part 2
The Abilities of those with Reading Disabilities - Part 2

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Published by: Davis Dyslexia Association International on May 11, 2008
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Davis Dyslexia Association International
Issue 3 • 2004
Dys lex icRead er
Continued on page 4
What Would Dr. Orton Think Today?
The Abilities of Those withReading Disabilities: Focusingon the Talents of People withDyslexia,Part 2
News & Feature Articles
The Abilities of Those withReading Disabilities,Part 2 . . . . . . .1What would Dr.Orton Think Today? . .1Mom Praises Daughter’s Achievementswith Davis Program . . . . . . . . . . . .3Thoughts From a Tutor . . . . . . . . . . . . .937 Characteristics of Dyslexia . . . . . .11
The Gift of Dyslexia
Publishedin Two More Languages . . . . . . . .15
Regular Features
In The Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13-14New Facilitators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18-19
Hidden Talents
In the first of this three-part series,we provided a preliminary rationalefor a program of systematic scientificstudy focusing on the various strengthsand talents believed to be closelyassociated with developmental readingdisability. As we look for hidden talentsinstead of obvious weaknesses, it seemsworth looking first at some very highlysuccessful dyslexic individuals to tryto see patterns–to try to understand what may be in store for the larger  population. When we look at suchexamples, it would appear that theyhave many strengths that are often notrecognized in school or university–  but come to be recognized in work and in life. Seeing the longer-termimplications, in spite of tradition, we become aware that we need to find ways of seeing and developing thegifts and talents hidden under thedifficulties.
 By Thomas G. West 
In This Issue
Psychiatrist and neurologist SamuelTorrey Orton was a pioneer in the field of dyslexia research. In the years sincehis death in 1948, his namehas come to be associated with the Orton-Gillinghamapproach, which in turnis associated with thesystematic and sequentialteaching of alphabetic phonics as the primarymode of teaching dyslexicstudents to read.However, Dr. Orton’swork was not focused on phonetics or  phonics teaching. Rather, Dr. Orton’skey contribution was the concept of “multisensory” teaching–integratingkinesthetic (movement-based) and tactile (sensory-based) learningstrategies with teaching of visualand auditory concepts.Dr. Orton saw a core deficitof dyslexia as being thetendency to reverse or transpose letters, and coined the word “strephosymbolia”(twisted symbols) todescribe the condition. Thisterm replaced the concept of “word blindness,” which had characterized early research,and stemmed from Orton’s finding thechildren he worked with had a tendencyto reverse letters and transpose their 
Samuel Torrey Orton, 1879-1948 Continued on page 7 
 By Abigail Marshall 
 Jack Horner, paleontologist 
“In spite of his persistent academicfailures,Jack Horner came to beacknowledged as one who hastransformed some of thefundamental thinking in his field.His story forces us to reconsider in adeep fashion what is really importantin one's work and what is not.”
The Dyslexic Reader 
is published quarterly by Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI),1601 Bayshore Hwy., Suite 245, Burlingame, CA94010 USA. Tel. +1(650) 692-7141.
are to increase worldwide awareness about the positive aspects of dyslexia andrelated learning styles; and to present methods for improving literacy, education and academicsuccess. We believe that all people’s abilities and talents should be recognized and valued, andthat learning problems can be corrected.
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Picture Thinkers Love Davis
I am the mother of two brilliant and dyslexic boys, ages 9 and 6. My 9-year-old started with“problems” in school since pre-K. In Broward County, Florida schools, they do not diagnosedyslexia. They say that such a name does nottell them what to do with the child. And theyare right, because there are as many types of dyslexia as there are individual children.My child had all sort of psychologicaltests done by the public school system. Finally,after six months of testing, they concluded thathe needed help. They recommended Ritalinand designed a curriculum that would takehim out of the classroom for one hour a dayto drill him in phonemics (my son speaks threelanguages). Meanwhile, I heard by chance of the Davis Program, got on the dyslexia.comweb site, talked to the incredible Facilitator,Alice J. Pratt, and got my breath and my child’shappiness back.My son learned the ABCs in one week with the Davis Program. We had been tryingfor three years with the traditional methods. Insummary, I pulled him out of school and started home schooling applying the Davis methods.Two years later, deja vu, my younger songoes through a horrible kindergarten year.Again the same thing, But, this time I wasready. I talked to Alice and got him evaluated for picture-thinking. Yes, it runs in the family.I am one, too. I pulled him out of school and continued the Davis program, a little modified for his age. They are very happy kids, lots of friends, great self-esteem, great fun, and learninga lot. I avoided fighting with the school system.In the aftermath, the only ones losing would bemy kids. Nobody says it is easy but the rewardsare incredible.My advice: get a Davis Facilitator that canhelp you go through the ups and downs, and DOthe Davis Program.
 Alicia Villamarin
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Proud Mom Praises Daughter,Melissa Blasek’s Achievements
 Below is a letter from Jill Domosh (Melissa’s Mom) to LexieWhite Strain, Melissa’s Facilitator at Reading ResearchCouncil—Davis Dyslexia Correction Center in Burlingame,California, describing the changes Melissa has experienced  since she completed the Davis Dyslexia Correction Program seven years ago in February 1997.

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