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Dys•lex´•ic Read´•er
Vol. 31 Davis Dyslexia Association International Issue 2 • 2003

Dear Frustrated Mom

by Wendy Gilley, but I’m not sure what
Davis Facilitator, Louisiana is available that will
deal with her dyslexia.
In response to: No teacher goes
I have a 10-year-old daughter into teaching for the
with dyslexia. She is having a money. All start out
difficult time in public school. The with rose-covered
teachers are talking about holding dreams of going out
her back. I recently took her out of into the world and
the Special Education program making a tremendous
which consisted of taking her out of difference for all of
class for one hour a day for math. It mankind by educating
was confusing for her to go back young minds with
into the classroom and catch up with unique and innovative
the rest of class. Kids made fun of techniques. They all
her. The teachers are fighting me on begin teaching From "Upside-Down Brilliance" by Linda Silverman. See book
this. I have explained this way of enthusiastic and on- review on page 7.
teaching her is not working but they fire. But... some conflicting information out there. It
don't understand. I am concerned for become disillusioned and eventually is hard to separate the truly
my daughter; she is having a hard teaching becomes a mind-sapping, successful from the snake oil some
time. She has had absentees because energy draining, monotonous chore. people tout as a “cure” for dyslexia.
of stomach aches and headaches and They have been discouraged in so As a teacher I was never offered any
we are in trouble for this now, too. I many ways by administrators, ways to help a student with dyslexia;
need help outside the school for her, parents, the community and students children with dyslexia were sent to a
that they are afraid to take chances resource classroom and I never knew
In This Issue on something new. The old saying what took place there; nothing
once bitten twice shy really sums up positive seemed to happen for the
News & Feature Articles: how many of them feel. Others are child academically but whatever
Dear Frustrated Mom . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 very overworked and it is hard to took place in that dreary
Tears, Frustration & Towels . . . . . . . . .2 find time to address the specific “temporary” building was what the
Really? Hurray! I Have Dyslexia . . . . .4 learning styles of each individual school system thought best for the
Derek’s Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 student. In some schools the student. I didn’t even know enough
The Misunderstood Sword Master . . .6 curriculum is “etched in stone” and to question the techniques, if any,
Dyslexia Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 deviations are really frowned upon; that were being used.
La Puerta de las que???? . . . . . . . . .11 the only thing teachers are to teach I recently found my notebook
Ball and Chain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 is how to pass the standardized test from my graduate level class,
Why I Needed to Know . . . . . . . . . . .14
that determines how good a job the “Teaching Reading to Gifted
Defusing Confusions with Clay . . . .15
school appears to be doing educating Students,” and this was the complete
New DLS Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
its pupils amount of information I was taught
Regular Features: Some teachers know absolutely about teaching dyslexic students:
Q & A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 nothing about dyslexia; some don’t “Dyslexia is a disorder of the brain,
F & A . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 even believe it exists. Many teachers perhaps caused by injury to the brain
Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5, 7, 18 truly want to help but don’t know before, during or shortly after birth
New Facilitators & Specialists . . .20-21 where to begin. There is so much
Workshops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23
continued on page 3

Tears, Frustration and Towels Needing Rescuing

—A Story of New Hope for One Dyslexic Learner
can’t I be like assessed at a 2nd grade reading
other kids? It level. After orienting her and getting
doesn’t matter the response, “Is this cool!” Jenna
how hard I try, I was able to read at a 4th grade level.
still get bad Mom was amazed at Jenna’s ability
grades! The kids to turn her disorientation on and off
at school make fun at will.
of me and they Later that night at the hotel, Jenna
say, ‘Why can’t couldn’t wait to demonstrate her
you get good “gift” for Mom. She noticed a
grades Jenna, cardboard sign hanging over the
don’t you study?’” towel bar in the bathroom. Jenna
Like most read, “Please RESCUE the towels.”
Davis Facilitators, Realizing that didn’t make sense, she
we at New Hope checked her orientation, and then
Learning Centers saw the words, “Please REUSE the
Tears of anger and frustration hear stories like this on a regular towels.” She then excitedly picked
streamed down her cheeks as she sat basis. While some may be more up a card by the telephone and read
before a pile of books at the dining heart wrenching than others, most in her original slow, stumbling
room table. Homework needed to be tell the same story of tears and manner, then paused, closed her
completed for the next school day. A frustration. eyes, checked her orientation, and
worn looking folder contained below Jenna completed the Davis continued to read fluently without
average and failing grades on Dyslexia Correction Program in making mistakes. Jenna began to
quizzes and tests needing Mom’s March, 2002 at New Hope Learning jump up and down, “I get it Mom! I
signature. Centers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. can do this!”
“I’m so dumb!” Jenna wailed. When Margie Hayes began working By the fourth day of the Davis
“What’s wrong with me, Mom? Why with 6th grader, Jenna, she had been Program, Jenna was reading at a 6th
grade level. After finishing the
program and going back to the “real
world,” Jenna began reading a series
of children’s classics finishing four
in three weeks. She told her Mom,
“I like reading more than I like
watching TV!” The Davis Program
Jenna received opened up a whole
new world for her.
For Jenna, tears of frustration
have turned to smiles of joy and new
hope…and “reused towels!”

Adapted from a story by Jenna’s mom - Julie

Bourbon – Palatine, Illinois

Copyright 1996 Randy Glasbergen.

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Frustrated Mom . . . it was that easy surely colleges and his son’s lack of improvement in
continued from page 1 Universities would teach these school. I asked a few questions and
methods in education courses. I also found that no Fine-tuning was done
or a genetic mutation that takes knew that even if the program did at home and no trigger words have
place at conception or sometime work for Katie I could not provide it been attempted. It reminds me of the
during fetal development. There may to her; our personalities clash way Soloflex my husband bought. We
be a hereditary component. Little is too much and I was too emotionally spent the money on the machine and
known of the etiology (a big word invested in the problem. Finances assembled it. He used it a couple of
for cause) of dyslexia which were a big concern at this time but times, but never the way it was
manifests itself in a learning my husband felt so strongly about intended. He never started to look
disability where a child has much giving her this opportunity that he like the well-built guy on the
difficulty with tasks that involve took a hardship withdrawal from his commercial. It wasn’t the Soloflex’s
reading and writing. Letters are retirement plan to pay for the fault. It is probably a great tool but it
reversed and words spelled Program, the travel to and from can’t possibly work if it isn’t used.
backward, handwriting is illegible Dallas (Kellie Brown was the closest The point I am trying to make is:
and the student is incapable of oral Davis provider to us), and six nights find someone to help you. Attempt
reading. Many of these children are worth of hotel and food. I reluctantly to get your teacher and principal on
gifted despite their dyslexia but to board, and work toward progress.
succeed in school and in the Please consider a full Davis
workplace they will either have to . . .it is worth every second Program. It is a large investment in
out-grow it or learn to work around both time and money but it is worth
it. In the future medical science may and every penny if it helps
every second and every penny if it
eventually discover a medication to your child succeed in helps your child succeed in school
control the symptoms, in the same (it is the best investment we have
way that Ritalin helps the school.
ever made for anything). But even
hyperactive child. Surgical more important is – it will help her
techniques may be developed to agreed to take Katie because it was believe in herself. Life can be good
remove damaged brain tissue or so important to her father and she for your daughter and your family. It
insert an implant device to help really liked the idea of using Koosh is probably really hard to see that
these unfortunate students. At the Balls and clay to help her with her right now, but schoolwork can be
current time there is no known reading. easy. Homework doesn’t have to be
treatment for dyslexia.” The positive change was clear a nightmare and school can be a fun
This was written 10 years ago and after the first three hours of the place to be. I will pray for both you
I truly believed what I was taught; Program. When I took her to lunch and your daughter and for her
after all my instructor was an that day she absolutely bubbled over teachers so that maybe they will be
acknowledged expert in the field. with excitement. After we ate she willing to find some way to really
When my own daughter was found asked to go to a religious book store help your child. w
to be dyslexic, this information was that was nearby and she picked out a
unacceptable. My husband, Katie’s book to read while we were at the
teachers, principal, many friends,
family members, and I began
searching for answers.
One of the parents at Katie’s
school actually gave a large grant to
The Davis Program has been
miraculous for Katie. Her Scottish
Rite Instructor wanted to know why
Katie was the only one of her
“ Books are the
quietest and most
constant of friends;
the school to provide the Scottish students to show a significant they are the most
Rite Program to dyslexic students at improvement with reading and
the school. None of the students writing. Several of the children have accessible and
made any significant progress and now completed a one week Davis
the grant was not renewed. During Program and are showing great wisest of
Katie’s Scottish Rite Program we improvement. I became such a
realized she wasn’t improving her believer that I wanted to learn
counsellors, and the “
reading. My husband went online everything I could about the Davis most patient of
and discovered the book The Gift of Program.
Dyslexia, ordered it through the The children I worked with during teachers.
Davis web site and read it. He my training all experienced positive
became enthusiastic about the Davis results during their program. The
Program. He thought I could read only child who hasn’t had continued
the book and do the program with success is a child who never used his
—Charles W. Eliot,
Katie since I am a teacher. techniques once he left my office. educator (1834-1926)
I read the book and thought that if The parent didn’t seem to understand

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llamado La Puerta de las Letras y mi
mamá me insistió a tomar el
Programa Davis, dije:”¡No!, están
locos”, yo no estoy retrasado ni
tengo problemas de aprendizaje y
menos soy disléxico…..
Después de algunas semanas pensé
“que puedo perder, ya lo he intentado
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rápida, etc.” Mi problema era que
perdía la atención muy rápidamente y
al contestar un examen no podía
acomodar en orden lógico el material
que según yo, ya había estudiado. Me
pasaba todo el día y toda la noche
“estudiando” una sola materia, le
dedicaba cinco o seis horas por día y
no veía resultados, así que decidí
tomar el Programa y esta es mi
experiencia: contenido del programa, pero con 60.
El periodo escolar de Agosto a ejercicios que en un principio me A partir de que acabe el curso he
Diciembre de 1997 fue para mi uno parecían tontos, tales como formar el logrado mejorar en el
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nunca veía resultados, examen que rendimiento escolar, por ejemplo ya entrenando y aprovechar el 150% de
presentaba era examen que no necesitaba estudiar seis horas para mi esfuerzo en el tiempo dedicado a
reprobaba!!, realmente era una materia, mi tiempo se redujo a mis actividades. Aparte actualmente
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dos materias, prácticamente tenía que sueño, lo que se vio reflejado en las desde que entré a la Universidad.
repetir el tercer semestre. Antes de calificaciones, ya que obtuve al final Los cambios no los noté
iniciar el semestre de Enero a Mayo del semestre 80 de calificación en las inmediatamente pero ahora los he
de 1998 decidí tomar el Programa materias que el semestre de Agosto a
Davis. No quiero profundizar en el Diciembre del 97 había reprobado continued on page 14

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Karin Meij
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eine Hochrechnung dieser Zahl würde also

F&A . . . er versteht und für die er gerne Hilfe haben

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Beatrice Conti the ‘present’ mark of the time line. Then
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+41 (031) 382 00 29 comfortable with being dyslexic because giving me the training to be able to
Ursula Herrli I’ve got a better understanding of how it all facilitate this kind of freedom for an adult
Au/Wädenswil works and what happens.” She then person with dyslexia. w
+41 (01) 781 13 35
brought her previously made ‘time line’
Ursula Hirzel Egler
Stäfa La Puerta . . . important changes but “casually”, he began
+41 (01) 926 2895
continued from page 11 to feel more confident about himself, and in
Christa Jaeger school his grades began to improve a lot.
Riehen empezado, por lo que a cualquier persona
+41 (061) 641 4667 That meant to him more hours for himself
que este en duda acerca del programa, and more hours to sleep. At the end of that
Susanne Jeker atrévanse a cruzar “La Puerta”, sabrán a lo
Olten que me refiero.w semester his school average was 80%, and
+41 (062) 296 45 30 he improved in all his subjects.
Käthi Kamm Dedicado a TODO el personal de “La Puerta de las After finishing the Program, he climbed
Wettswil a/A Letras” Iztaccihuatl, the second highest mountain in
+41 (01) 700 16 33 Antonio García Mexico (5280 meters above sea level). It
Consuelo Lang 19 años
was part of a competition that lasted 3 days
Lumino Monterrey, Nuevo León. México
+41 (091) 829 05 36 where he had to go across rivers and climb
mountains. He finished in 11th place, out of
Claudia Lendi English Summary
St. Gallen 100 competitors. He says that putting his
+41 (071) 288 41 85 This article is about a 19-year-old boy,
orientation point on its place, helped him a
who was not sure about taking or not the
Renate Löffel lot to do all this.
Basserdorf Davis Program. He was attending
He invites everybody that wants to try the
+41 (01) 836 96 59 premedical school and at the end of this
Davis program to go through “La Puerta de
Margrit Niederhauser third semester he flunked, so he decided to
las Letras” - The Door to the Letters.
Liestal / Basel go to “La Puerta”.
+41 (061) 921 47 12
At the beginning he didn’t notice any
Yvonne Preisig

+41 (01) 720 32 70

Elisabeth Raberger Write the bad things that are done to you in the
+41 (056) 209 17 76

Hilary Rhodes

sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a
+41 (024) 495 38 20 piece of marble.
Doris Rubli-Osterwalder
St. Gallen
—Arabian wisdom
+41 (071) 245 56 90

Defusing Confusions with Clay in the UK v Switzerland/CH (cont.)

Benita Ruckli
+41 495 2538

Elisabeth Rudolf von Rohr

+41 (062) 293 46 66

Lotti Salivisberg
+41 (061) 263 33 44

Sonja Sartor
+41 (052) 242 4015

Anne-Marie Schafflützel
Wädenswil-Au / Zurich
+ 41 (01) 781 19 93

Maya Semle-Muraro
+41 (079) 704 03 07

Helena Strohbach
+41 (055) 240 21 67

Claudia Taverna
+41 (081) 864 9115
Davis Facilitators Nichola Farnum and Nicky Bennett-Baggs at the Healing Arts Festival in London
(November 2002). Andreas Villain
The Davis Dyslexia Correction work with the wonderfully tactile medium +41 (076) 371 84 32
Programme has now been available in the of non-drying clay to gain mastery of the Catherine Warner
United Kingdom for five years. The British 217 ‘trigger words’ in our language. These Geneva
+41 (022) 321 70 42
edition of the book which describes the are the words which, when encountered in a
thinking behind, and the procedures used – text, trigger confusion because dyslexics are Iris Webber
The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D. Davis – missing mental pictures of their meanings. Bäretswil/Zürich
+41 (01) 939 2633
is now on library bookshelves and gaining Thus, as picture thinkers, they are left with
recognition in many parts of the country. many blanks when reading and lose Anna-Maria Wieland
Affoltern a.Albis
The foundation of the Davis theories and comprehension. When the symbol mastery +41 (01) 761 16 19
methods is that dyslexics tend to think has been completed on all these words –
primarily with pictures vs. words and learn and this takes commitment and time – then Esther Wieland
Sils i.D./Pratval
best through using experiential, hands-on the dyslexic can truly be considered to have +41 (081) 651 30 22
methods. When given learning tools that corrected his/her dyslexia.
v United Kingdom
allow them to bridge the gap between their There are currently 22 licensed
natural way of thinking and the world of Facilitators and another 15 in training Catherine E. Armstrong
Thame, Oxon
words and symbols, they can succeed in throughout the UK, with a ‘Fundamentals’ +44 (01844) 212 419
traditional education. The picture-thinking basic training course planned for March
ability of dyslexics means they often have 2003. The Fundamentals course gives Nicky Bennett-Baggs
Gt. Gaddesden,
many talents in the areas of the arts, participants a personal experience of what Hertfordshire
architecture, sports and engineering but Ron Davis describes in his book. Christine +44 (01442) 252 517
have encountered difficulties with letters East, who did her Fundamentals course in Centre Dyslexia
and words, and possibly numerals, all their October 1999 says, “I found it fascinating Laurie Challoner
Anna Mead
lives, difficulties which the majority who and fun and it really brought Ron Davis’s Lin Seward
are word thinkers do not experience. theory to life. Having tried out the methods Supervisor - Specialist
Winchester, Hampshire
The programme, which consists of 5 with dyslexic students at the Secondary +44 (01962) 859 999
days’ one-to-one tuition with a follow-up School where I work on a one-to-one basis,
day about 2 months later, gives participants I was inspired to make every effort to Susan Duguid
the tools to enable them to focus accurately complete the 400-hour Facilitator training +44 (020) 8878 9652
on the basic symbols of our language, the programme. By the end of 2000, I was a
letters and numerals. Once they have the licensed Facilitator.”
tools, Davis Facilitators enable clients to
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v United Kingdom (cont.)

Defusing Confusion . . . an enormous amount to offer and he also
continued from page 15 had a burning ambition to go into
Dyslexia Correction Centre Pharmacology. Dyslexic, but able to gain
Georgina Dunlop Testimonials are being received regularly meaning from written text quite
Jane E.M. Heywood
Ascot, Berkshire by Facilitators working in all parts of the successfully, he suffered from a basic lack
+44 (01344) 622 115 UK, making it very clear that it is not just of numerical understanding. None of the
Christine East in the areas of reading, spelling, writing methods offered by the College helped and
Kingsbridge, Devon and Maths that clients are experiencing Terence was also frustrated by the lack of
+44 (01548) 856 045
improvement. Because the programme is understanding by all the tutors he dealt
Hilary Farmer holistic, and the causes of the dyslexia are with. He came across the book ‘The Gift of
Oxford, Oxon addressed, issues of self-esteem and
44 (01865) 326 464
Dyslexia’ and found everything that is said
emotional well-being are understood and so appropriate to his situation that he was
Nichola Farnum dealt with. fired with determination to have a Davis
+44 (0208) 977 6699 A 35-year-old computer programmer Maths programme himself.
wrote to Facilitator, Renee van der Vloodt: Terence got in touch with his local
Carol Forster
“I don’t know if you’re aware of the impact facilitator, Christine East, and such was his
+44 (01452) 331 573 the programme has had on me and my life, energy and perseverance that he persuaded
and is continuing to have. It is a his FE College to pay for the programme.
Axel Gudmundsson
London fundamental change that affects every Christine, who has facilitated many clients,
+44 (020) 8341-7703 aspect of my life.” reports that his grasp
Keryn Middleton Renee also heard of how to use the
Barking, Essex, from a 19-year-old Because the programme is Davis tools was so
+44 (0208) 507 9164 client one year after holistic, and the causes of the positive and fast and
Fionna Pilgrim the programme who he described how the
Keighley, West Yorkshire said: “All my life dyslexia are addressed, issues change occurred so
+44 (01535) 609 797
people have treated of self-esteem and emotional graphically that she
Elenica Nina Pitoska me like a Third World was amazed. She says,
country; they gave me well-being are understood and “The wonderful thing
+44 (020) 8451 4025

Pauline Royle
fish and said ‘eat’. dealt with. about Ron Davis’s
Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancs
You taught me how to programme is that you
+44 (01253) 899 875 fish and I have come simply follow the
back to thank you for it.” course laid down precisely by RD himself
Janice Scholes
Liversedge, West Yorkshire Mrs. Alison Banister wrote to Jane and it works. Terence simply followed and
+44 (01274) 874 712 Heywood who facilitated the programme understood everything in the Maths
Judith Shaw for her son William (aged 7): “Thankfully programme and then turned around and
Stourbridge, we heard about Ron Davis and his book, began to teach me, the facilitator, some of
West Midlands
+44 (01384) 440 980
‘The Gift of Dyslexia’. What a different the advanced stuff. It was like watching a
approach to hear dyslexia referred to as a miracle unfolding.”
Laura Shone gift. The week-long course is just simply
Ilford, Essex
Included here is part of a letter written
+44 (020) 8924 5755 amazing! For us it was a miracle. William by Terence (with all the spelling and
has now been taught special techniques to grammatical errors) after his programme.
Lynne Smith
Brighton, East Sussex enable him to read, and we were given He is now attending college and doing a
+44 (07986) 546 468 training to enable us to continue the Bath University Foundation Course:
Jenny Summerton
techniques at home. The course is “I have just completed the ‘Davis
Sutton Coldfield, West individualised and I cannot recommend it correction program’ with christen east. And
Midlands enough.”
+44 (0121) 354 4847 found the wall of difficuIty that surrounds
Richard a 24-year-old client of Richard my learning has gone. I found it a
Barbara Timmins Whitehead wrote to him: “The programme revelation that such a simple program
+44 (015) 6477 2657 changed my life. I used to feel that being could be so effective in animating problems
dyslexic was a real burden. Now I feel as if that I have had since I started school, if it
Drs. Renée van der Vloodt
Reigate, Surrey
I can do anything I want to in life.: wasn’t for my drive to become a scientist I
+44 (01737) 240 116 Terence, aged 27, was working as a would of given up and would never of
hairdresser while studying at a College of learnt of my new learning potential.
Richard Whitehead
Cranbrook, Kent Further Education in order to go on to “Because I have learnt that I am a
+44 (01580) 713 094 university and study Pharmacology. Having picture thinker I am able to store vast
Rachel Williamson been dubbed ‘stupid’ at school, Terence amounts of information using clay, which
Hassocks, West Sussex nevertheless knew that he had ability and
+44 (01444) 245 260 continued on page 1 7

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v United States
continued from page 16 letter as follows:
“I believe that now that after completing Alabama
was used in the program to correct the Paula Morehead
the Ron Davis program nothing can stand Birmingham
backwards-reverse letters that I used to in my way, I have so much confidence that I 1 (205) 408-4420
write. I now use it to learn the names of can finish my master degree in Arizona
complex organic compounds and chemical pharmacology…. Every dyslexic can be Dr. Edith Fritz
names and how they are repented (sic) in corrected if they have the determination to Phoenix
1 (602) 274-7738
the chemists language.” be corrected.”
Terence always expresses himself More information and a complete list of Nancy Kress
directly and straight from the heart. He did Glendale/Phoenix
Davis Facilitators in the UK can be found 1 (623) 203-1890
not do the programme to correct his at w
spelling and grammar – just his basic maths John F. Mertz, Jr.
for Chemistry studies – and that is why he 1 (877) 219-0613 (Toll Free)
1 (520) 219-0613

Tamera P. Richardson
The English Language 1 (480) 664-9274

author unknown Reading Research Council
Dyslexia Correction Center
Dr. Fatima Ali, Founder
Let’s face it. Why do people recite at a play, Alice Davis
English is an odd language. Yet play at a recital? DDA-International Director
Ray Davis
There is no egg in the Park on driveways and Ronald D. Davis, Founder
eggplant, Drive on parkways? Sharon Pfeiffer
Specialist Trainer
No ham in the hamburger, DLS Workshop Presenter
And neither pine nor apple in the You have to marvel at the
Dee Weldon White
Lexie White Strain
pineapple. unique lunacy Burlingame/San Francisco
English muffins were not 1 (800) 729-8990 (Toll Free)
Of a language where a house 1 (650) 692-8990
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French fries were not invented in Janalee Beals
It burns down, Orange
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We sometimes take English for By filling it out, Janet Confer

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But if we examine its paradoxes goes off! 1 (949) 589-6394
we find that Richard A. Harmel
Quicksand takes you down English was invented by people, Marina Del Rey/Los Angeles
1 (310) 823-8900
slowly, not computers,
Boxing rings are square, And it reflects the creativity of Jeannette Myers
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And a guinea pig is neither from the human race 1 (760) 723-2989
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If writers write, how come 1 (510) 559-7869
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When the stars are out they are Loveland/Boulder
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praught. And why it is that when I wind Crystal Punch

up my watch Englewood/Denver
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If a vegetarian eats vegetables, It starts,
What the heck does a But when I wind up this poem Carol Stromberg
Collbran/Grand Junction
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v United States (cont.)

by Abigail Marshall
Random (Randee)
Lutz/Tampa/St. Petersburg her claim to success is based on what she
1 (813) 956-0502 Learning terms her “eclectic” approach in combining
Dyslexia Plus
Disabilities: various materials to meet the needs of
Alice J. Pratt There is a individual students.
DLS Workshop Presenter
Gwin Pratt Cure The strength of this book is that it
Jacksonville provides a good analytical framework to
1 (904) 389-9251 A Guide for evaluate students’ learning needs, as well as
Parents, a large number of suggested strategies and
Bill Allen Educators approaches in a brief, well-organized
Marietta/Atlanta format. Because she focuses on different
1 (770) 594-1770 and
elements of learning – visual perception,
Scott Timm
Physicians visual memory, auditory perception,
Woodstock/Atlanta auditory memory, eye-hand coordination –
1 (770) 516-6683 by Addie the book would probably be extremely
Cusimano helpful to the teacher or tutor who is simply
Vickie Kozuki-Ah You
Ewa Beach / Honolulu Achieve Publications, 2001 looking for new tools and strategies, or
1 (808) 685-1122 ISBN 0-615-12053-9 wondering what they have missed along the
way. In fact, the strategies she offers are in
Scott Shedko
This is a book about good teaching. It is no way limited to students with diagnosed
1 (808) 377-3177 also a book with a very bad title. learning disabilities. Especially in the
The title is bad because it is misleading, chapters on improving written expression
Kim Ainis and it simply doesn’t reflect what the book and advanced thinking and study skills, she
Chicago is about. A more appropriate title would be offers ideas very appropriate for gifted
1 (312) 360-0805 “Effective Strategies for Teaching Students learners and advanced elementary and high
Indiana with Learning Difficulties” — because that school students who are working at a level
Jodi R. Baugh is in fact what the book does present. far beyond remedial.
Cloverdale/Terre Haute
1 (765) 526-2121
The author, Addie Cusamino, does not Like the author’s own characterization of
present either a theory or a treatment for her approach, the book is eclectic – some
Myrna Burkholder overcoming learning disabilities; rather, she ideas and suggestions seem more appealing
Goshen/South Bend
1 (574) 533-7455 presents an array of teaching strategies. In than others. Some of the strategies seem to
fact, she seems to question whether be extremely useful for students with
Iowa learning disabilities even exist, and seems
Mary Kay Frasier
learning difficulties, whereas others seem
Des Moines to advocate improved teaching in inappropriate, based on a seeming failure to
1 (515) 270-0280 elementary school as a way of addressing recognize the magnitude of difficulties
all problems associated with learning some students face. In part this stems
Carole Coulter disabilities. In an early chapter she argues simply from the fact that the book does not
Overland Park/Kansas City that accommodations at the college level offer detailed or in-depth exploration of any
1 (913) 831-0388
should never be needed, because these one approach, but rather gives an overview,
Louisiana students’ needs should be addressed touching very lightly in some areas.
Wendy Ware Gilley through primary level teaching at the
Baton Rouge
I do think this book would be helpful as
1 (225) 751-8741 appropriate time. a source of ideas for classroom or resource
The author is an experienced teacher and teachers, and certainly useful for
Michigan reading specialist, now retired, who
Ann Minkel homeschooling parents – as long as the
Six Lakes/Grand Rapids essentially has put together a short book readers are aware that the book doesn’t
1 (866) 330-3671 (Toll-Free) summarizing the types of strategies she has offer any “cure” at all, but rather describes
1 (989) 365-3176
found to be effective. Most of the strategies dozens of good, solid teaching methods that
Dean Schalow are conventional approaches, and in fact the have worked for the author and her
Manistee author clearly relies mostly on teaching students. w
1 (800) 794-3060 (Toll-Free)

materials published or produced by others – “

Cindy Bauer
1 (612) 483-3460 the misuse of the imagination.
Virginia Bushman
Cold Spring/St. Cloud
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New Workshop! v United States/

Minnesota (cont.)

Cyndi Deneson
Advanced Workshop
Introduction to Davis Learning Strategies (DLS) Teacher Kit Presenter
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$160. Group rate for two or more: $145 (406) 257-8556
Manual. For full benefit, the participants
should purchase the Kits 4-6 weeks prior to each. Nancy Sitton
the workshop, read the Manual and try out Location: Davis Training Center, 1601 1 (406) 863-9844
some of the procedures. Kits must be Bayshore Hwy., Suite 144, Burlingame,
brought to the Workshop. California. Nebraska
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v United States (cont.)

Newly Licensed Davis Facilitators, Specialists and Workshop Presenters
Congratulations and welcome to our growing international family of Davis providers!
North Dakota A special welcome to our first Davis Facilitator in Lebanon!
Karen Nelson
1 (701) 222-0326 Samar Riad Saab, M.A. “I am a Lebanese Child Sher Goerzen has been a teacher
Ohio Psychologist. I speak three languages: Arabic, French for over a decade, the last four
Lisa Thatcher and English. I went through the French system, then years in a learning assistance
Mount Vernon/Columbus the American system for my BA in Psychology and position. Even before going into
1 (740) 397-7060 then the British system for my Master’s degree in education she was interested in
Child Development and Education. I have worked as Autism and different learning
Christina Martin an Elementary Teacher and a School Psychologist. I styles as a volunteer with non-
Tulsa run my own clinic specialising in dyslexia using the reading adults. Her interest in the Davis Program
1 (866) 492-0700 (Toll Free) ‘old method of therapy’. I always prayed that a grew out of a passion for supporting all learners to
1 (918) 492-0700
miracle therapy would be developed, since I was not reach their full potential and a growing frustration in
Pennsylvania convinced with the results. My prayers were never finding the root cause of their difficulties. After
Marcia Maust answered when I came across Ron Davis’ book: The seeing one student at her school reach grade level
Berlin/Pittsburgh Gift of Dyslexia. I went through the training in reading and comprehension in a few short months,
1 (814) 267-6694 Singapore, very far away from home, simply because following a Davis program, she knew she wanted to
South Dakota I believed in the Davis Method. Now that I am become a Davis Facilitator. “It makes sense and fills
Kim Carson licensed, I hope I’ll be able to help people find in pieces for me that no other program had offered.”
Redfield/Aberdeen themselves and have, at last, a smile of achievement Sher is willing to travel abroad to help spread
1 (605) 472-0522 on their face.” Impressive Minds, PO Box 11-4895, knowledge of the Davis Program. Mastering
Texas Verdun Street, Beirut , Lebanon. +961 3 700 206. Dyslexia, 12443 216th Street, Maple Ridge, British
Success Learning Center Columbia, V2X 5K4, Canada. 1 (604) 290-5063.
Rhonda Clemons
Colleen Millslagle Eve Resnick “I have been
working Special Education as an Elenica Pitoska was born in Macedonia where she
1 (866) 531-2446 (Toll Free)
1 (903) 531-2446 English teacher in Israel for 20 completed her degree in Pure Mathematics and
years. Since English is a second trained/worked as a secondary school teacher. “I
Kellie Brown language here, there are the came to London in 1987 where I also taught maths
Ft. Worth
additional problems of learning a and physics both in private and state secondary
1 (877) 230-2622 (Toll Free)
1 (817) 989-0783 different alphabet, reading from schools. After seeing the positive changes in my
left to right instead of right to left (in Hebrew), and son’s self-esteem together with the significant
Susan Dickens lack of basic vocabulary. These challenges led me to improvement in his social and academic skills, I left
Leander/Austin Davis in search of tools to help my students. Now the classroom and decided to train as a Davis
1 (512) 515-5591
I’m looking for a balance between working as a Facilitator.” Elenica speaks English and Macedonian.
Shannon Liverman Davis Facilitator and remedial teaching. I work both 89 Hanover Road, London, NW10 3DL, England.
Sonora/San Antonio at home and at the Center for Learning Correction.” 6 +44 (020) 8451 4025.
1 (915) 277-0895 Rivka Guber Street, Kfar Saba, Israel 44471.
Dorothy Owen +972 (58) 805 058 or +972 (9) 766 2140. Maria Lourdes Gutierrez speaks both Spanish and
Supervisor - Specialist English. Sociedad de Consultoria Organizacional,
Dallas Blvd. A. Lopez Mateos #2892, 1 Piso, Mexico City,
1 (817) 919-6200 Lieneke Charpentier is a single D.F. PC 01090, Mexico. +52 55 95 8442 or
parent, she has a 15-year-old +52 56 83 1319.
Laura Warren
Lubbock dyslexic son and a 9-year-old
1 (806) 771-7292 daughter with Down’s Syndrome Susana Palafox plans to provide the Davis Program
and dyslexia. “Reading The Gift of from her private practice. She speaks both Spanish
Dyslexia was for me finding my and English. Fuente de Diana #75, Tecamachalco,
Donna Kouri
Rockville goal in life: helping gifted but Naucalpan Edo. de Mexico, CP 53950, Mexico. +52
(804) 749-8791 troubled children and adults to find their genius 55 52 51 30 37 or 55 52 45 03 19.
inside so together we can help the world become a
Angela Odom better place for everyone.” Dolfein Instituut voor
1 (800) 652-8476 Leerproblemen, Vosseweide 25, 3437TA, Karen Nelson has a daughter and three nephews
PIN#3586 (Toll-Free) Nieuwegein, Nederland. +31 306 04 15 39. who have completed the Davis Program. “After
1 (804) 833-8858 seeing how successful it was for them and the
changes it made I decided to become a Davis
Dyslexia Correction Center Maria Eugenia Gutierrez plans to provide the Facilitator. I will provide the program in my home.”
of Washington Davis Program along side her sister, Maria Lourdes. Creative Solutions Dyslexia Center, 1750 Country
Marilyn Anderson She speaks both Spanish and English. Sociedad de West Road, Bismarck North Dakota 58503,U.S.A.
Aleta Clark Consultoria Organizacional, Blvd. A. Lopez Mateos (701)-222-0326.
#2892, 1 Piso, Mexico City, D.F. PC 01090, Mexico.
1 (253) 854-9377
+52 55 95 8442 or 52 56 83 1319. Monique Commandeur, Pr. Christinalaan 95, 1421 BG Uithoorn, Nederland. +31 (0297) 56 88 50.

Janice Scholes has a B.Ed in Keryn Middleton “Three years ago, whilst working
Psychology, a Diploma in as a childminder, I met a mother with a son v United States/
Washington (cont.)
Mathematical Education and the struggling at school. I offered to help and thought I’d
RSA Diploma for Teachers of better look into dyslexia first. The only remotely Meadowbrook Educational
Pupils with Specific Learning ‘reading friendly’ book in the library was The Gift of Services
Difficulties. She has taught in Dyslexia. I read it and was hooked. When I inquired Dorothy Bennett
several schools as a class teacher, as to training costs, I thought, ‘Too expensive, maybe Jackie Black
Renie Royce Smith
ethnic minority teacher and Special Needs teacher. I’ll try teaching instead.’ I got a job as a special Spokane & Everett
She became interested in the Davis Methods in her support assistant in a secondary school and enrolled 1 (800) 371-6028 (Toll-Free)
search for a truly multi-sensory approach to dyslexia. at University to do a teaching degree. The course was 1 (509) 443-1737
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had found a unique Program to address the root cause in mysterious ways, even I can take a hint that size. Marlene E. Easley
of dyslexia and various other learning difficulties. 21 So, here I am, supported by my husband, my 2 young Bellingham
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WF15 8AD, England. +44 (01274) 87 47 12. looking after them whilst I was living it up in
Cascade Learning Solutions Winchester during my training) and my ever patient Meliesa Hawley
Bank Manager. My way forward now is with Kathleen Hawley
Axel Gudmundsson became providing Davis programs.” 8 Lambourne Gardens, Wenatchee/Bellevue
interested in the Davis Method Barking, Essex, IG11 9QB, United Kingdom 1 (509) 662-9121
through personal experience. “My +44 (0208) 507 9164. Dyslexia Mastery Center
wife is dyslexic and her life was Carol Hern
transformed by completing the DLS Workshop Presenter
program some years ago. During Anne-Marie Schafflützel is the Mary Ethel Kellogg
my training, I discovered that I am mother of dyslexic children. She DLS Workshop Presenter
dyslexic as well, even though in my case it did not decided to become a Davis 1 (509) 363-1771
manifest in severe learning difficulties. My Facilitator when her son started the
background is in the creative arts, media and social Davis Program. She provides the Jo Del Jensen
services. I have graduated from studies in counseling program from her home. im Oak Harbor/Anacortes/
and psychotherapy and I find this complements my Maiacher 1, CH-8804 Wädenswil- 1 (360) 679-9390
work as a Davis Facilitator.” Axel is tri-lingual and Au, Switzerland. + 41 (01) 781 19 93.
can facilitate in Danish, English and Icelandic. Rebecca Luera
Dislexic, 6 Chestnut Avenue, London, N8 8NY, Fall City/Seattle
1 (800) 818-9056 (Toll-Free)
England. +44 (020) 83 41 77 03. Leonardus D’Hoore has a 1 (425) 222-4163
therapeutic background in adult
Fionna Pilgrim works part-time education and haptonomie. He Sharon Polster
at Hearter Montessori. “The speaks 3 languages and works with Bainbridge Island/Seattle
1 (206) 780-8199
directress and staff have been very both children and adults.
supportive throughout my training Merseniersstraat 6, 4524 DV Sluis Ruth Ann Youngberg
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welcoming for clients young and +31 (0117) 46 1963. 1 (360) 671-9858
old. My early traini ng was in West Virginia
nursing and I have a dyslexic daughter who has Gale Long
benefited greatly from a Davis Program.” Dyslexia at The Davis Facilitator training program requires Elkview/Charleston
Hearter Montessori, West Cliffe School, Skipton approximately 400 hours of course work. 1 (888) 517-7830 (Toll Free)
Road, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD21 4TJ, England. 1 (304) 965-7400
+44 (01535) 609 797. The Davis Specialist program requires Wisconsin
extensive experience providing Davis New Hope Learning
Margrit Niederhauser “Again programs and an additional 260 hours of Centers, Inc.
and again in more than 20 years of training. Specialists and Facilitators are Darlene Bishop
Margaret Hayes
teaching (also with children having subject to annual re-licensing based upon Milwaukee
special needs), children gifted with case review and adherence to the DDAI 1 (888) 890-5380 (Toll Free)
dyslexia have come to my Standards of Practice. 1 (414) 774-4586
attention. Through preventative
measures (recognizing and using Davis Learning Strategies School Mentors and v
this gift), I would like to spare younger children Workshop Presenters are experienced This Directory is current as
unnecessary frustration. I desire to acquaint adult teachers and trainers who have had two- of February 24, 2003. It is
dyslexics with the Davis Method, providing them three years of specialized training and
subject to change.
with a tool with which to orient themselves and to experience mentoring classroom teachers of
children ages 5 - 9 years old. Between newsletter issues,
take advantage of their dyslexic gift. For me it is
new Facilitators are added,
important that as many dyslexics as possible attain a
positive self-image.” Kettigerweg 6, CH-4410 For information about training or a full and occasionally, some
Liestal, Switzerland. +41 (061) 921 47 12 directory of Davis providers, see become inactive. However, the Davis Providers list at
Petra Saeger Burgwaller Strasse 3, D-17268 or call +1 (650) 692-7141 is
Storkow, Germany. or toll-free in the US at
always up to date.
Improve Your Primary Classroom Reading & Classroom Management Skills
With the Davis Learning Strategies® Basic Teacher Workshop
Davis Learning Strategies give K-3 Feedback from Teachers
teachers immediately usable and effective
tools that:
• Tap the creative learning process in all children.
• Significantly improve language arts skills without
paper/pencil and worksheets. "In the
forefront of
• Efficiently and effectively teach reading and pre- what I liked
reading skills to multiple learning styles. most was
how easily
• Quickly and easily give children self-management the Davis
skills for paying attention and staying on task. strategies fit
• Make classroom and behavior management easy into many
areas of Kindergarten curriculum. It relieved me of a
and positive. paper-pencil approach and gave me a hands-on,
• Children find fun, engaging, and motivating. kinesthetic approach. It also helped develop the little
• Can be flexibly applied in a variety of school and finger muscles for being able to move on to coordinate
paper-pencil activities. Assigning each child a storage
learning activities. box for creating the alphabet over time also fit and
accomplished the development of ownership,
Research Based responsibility, and a sense a pride in all the children. I
The workshop believe all Kindergarten children would benefit from
represents the results of
Davis Learning Strategies."
six years of research
—LB, Kindergarten Teacher, Mission San Jose
and development in Elementary School, Fremont, California
several K-3 elementary
classrooms by an
"It has helped me become more aware and sensitive to
experienced teacher, the needs of my students. My students are very receptive
Sharon Pfeiffer. In
and amaze me how quickly they pick it up. I have many
August, 2001, a
children who are ADD and ADHD. This system helps me
research paper detailing the effects of these strategies on first reconnect with them. I have small groups for short
grade word recognition and gifted education placement was
periods of time and this helps us to get down to business
published in Reading Improvement, a peer-reviewed journal.
Davis Learning Strategies are based on methods developed by —DG, Elementary Spec. Ed. Resource, Sequoia Charter
Ronald D. Davis.
School, Mesa, Arizona
Davis Learning Strategies
With Davis Focusing Skills™, a series of exercises which "There has been a remarkable improvement in reading,
use imagination and coordination, children can easily develop writing, spelling and math progress with my students.
the self directed ability to be physically and mentally focused Growth in self-confidence is tremendous. These students
on the learning task at hand. have been given practical skills that equal success."
Through Davis Symbol Mastery®, children master the —DD, Elementary Teacher,
alphabet, punctuation marks, and basic sight words with a Greater Vancouver Distance
simple, easy and fun alternative to pencil-paper activities and Education School, Canada
drill exercises.
Davis Reading Exercises provide a fun and cooperative 2003 DATES & LOCATIONS
method for increasing word recognition and reading
comprehension skills. This reading method can be used alone or 29 May-1 June 2003 Monterrey Mexico
as a supplement to a current reading program. June 23-26, 2003 San Francisco, California
With these Davis Learning Strategies, children become well July 14-17, 2003 San Francisco, California
prepared for a successful first four years of schooling and for a July 14-17, 2003 Madison, Wisconsin
lifetime of learning! August 18-21, 2003 San Francisco, California
August 18-21, 2003 Toronto, Canada
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Three Academic Units Available - US only
Come Learn and
the Davis Dyslexia
Fundamentals of Davis Dyslexia Correction® Workshop
based on the best-selling book The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D. Davis

Workshop Outline
Background and Development of the Davis Dyslexia Orientation Review Procedure (a method for checking
Correction® Procedures orientation skills)
· Research and discovery. The “gifts” of dyslexia. Anatomy and · Demonstration & Practice Session
developmental stages of a learning disability. Overview of the Davis Symbol Mastery® (the key to correcting dyslexia)
steps for dyslexia correction. · What is Symbol Mastery? Why clay?
Davis Perceptual Ability Assessment (a screening for Mastering Basic Language Symbols
dyslexic learning styles) · Demonstrations and Group Exercises
· Demonstration and Practice Session Reading Improvement Exercises
Symptoms Profile Interview (used to assess symptoms, · Spell-Reading. Sweep-Sweep-Spell. Picture-at-Punctuation
strengths & weaknesses; set goals; and establish motivation)
· Demonstration and Practice Session DAY FOUR
Fine-Tuning Procedure (checking and adjusting orientation
DAY TWO using balance)
Davis Orientation Counseling Procedures (methods to Symbol Mastery Exercises for Words
control, monitor and turn off perceptual distortions) · Demonstrations, Group Exercises and Practice Sessions
· What is Orientation? Demonstration and Practice Session Implementing the Davis Procedures
Release Procedure (method for alleviating stress and
Alignment (an alternative to Orientation Counseling)
· What is Alignment? How is it used? Group Demonstration To register for US workshops
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Dys•lex´•ic Read´•er STANDARD
1601 Old Bayshore Highway, Suite 245
Burlingame, CA 94010 PAID

Fundamentals of Davis Dyslexia Correction Workshop

Based on the best-selling book 2003 International Schedule
The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D. Davis Munich Germany Apr 11-14,2003
This 4-day workshop is an introduction to the basic Sydney Australia May 12-15
theories, principles and application of all the procedures Auckland New Zealand May 18-21, 2003
described in The Gift of Dyslexia. Training is done with a Geneva Switzerland May 29-Jun 1, 2003
combination of lectures, demonstrations, group practice, California United States July 8-11, 2003
and question and answer sessions. Attendance is limited to
Sydney Australia Aug 30-Sept 2, 2003
ensure the highest quality of training.
Melbourne Australia Sept 5-8, 2003
Who Should Attend: Basel Switzerland Sept 13-16, 2003
Everyone involved in helping dyslexic individuals over the Kent UK Oct 2-5, 2003
age of eight.
Participants will learn:
U.S. Course Schedule
• How the Davis procedures were developed. • 8:30 - 9:00 Registration (first day)
• How to assess for the “gift of dyslexia.” • 9:00 - 5:00 Daily (Lunch break 12:00-1:30)
• How to help dyslexics eliminate mistakes and focus U.S. Fees and Discounts
attention. • $975 per person plus $95 materials fee
• The Davis Symbol Mastery tools for mastering reading. • $925 for DDAI members or groups of two or more
plus $95 materials fee
• How to incorporate and use proven methods for • $975 if paid in full 60 days in advance incl. materials
improving reading, spelling, and motor coordination into a • Advance registration and $200 deposit required
teaching, home school, tutoring, or therapeutic setting. • Includes manual, one-year DDAI membership,
verification of attendance, and Symbol Mastery Kit
See page 23 for more workshop details. • Academic units available

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