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Disorientation and Dyslexia...

Dyslexia means "trouble with words." Recently, however, it has been further categorized into many different labels including ADD, ADHD, visual-spatial learners, processing disorders, etc. As more is learned about the commonality in thinking styles among all of these, there is a consistent theme with respect to many learning disabilities: Disorientation.

Disorientation is actually a natural talent - a gift. When disoriented, dyslexics can problem-solve, create, invent, engineer, and escape by using their extraordinary and vibrant multi-sensory thoughts, similar to movies. This same gift, however, is also what makes dealing with 2-dimensional words and symbols a tedious task.

Disorientation affects many areas of learning such as reading, spelling, comprehension, writing, and math. Severity of disorientation will vary depending upon the person and situation.

Because many written words and symbols are abstract, and cannot be deciphered by their natural picture-thinking style, dyslexics become confused. When confused, their automatic response is to disorient and examine the source of the confusion multi-dimensionally. This works beautifully with real-world objects, but it doesn't work for the written word. The result of disorientation while reading is distorted perception of the words - causing frustration, mistakes, loss of comprehension, and fatigue.

How does it affect reading?

It can cause a dyslexic to perceive words on a page strung together, with no spaces, making it nearly impossible to decipher words within it.
It can cause a dyslexic to perceive that the words are "hovering" or even sliding off of the page.
It can cause words to appear or disappear (addition or omission of words in the text).

It can cause transpositions of words, like: was/saw, on/no, from/form; as well as transpositions with individual letters within words, like: b/d/p/q, f/t, u/n.

The severity of the symptoms varies with each individual and the symptoms of disorientation vary from day-to-day and minute-to-minute, depending upon the situation.

Bottom-line: Disorientation prevents the information from being perceived accurately. Read more about how Davis Orientation Counseling® provides tools for correcting perception in Ron Davis' breakthrough book, The Gift of Dyslexia.

How does the Davis Program help with disorientation?

The Davis program is unique because it addresses (and corrects) the distorted perception experienced by Dyslexics when dealing with the written word by using simple, but highly effective, mental techniques and allow for a relaxed, alert, and focused physical and mental state while reading. Brilliant!

Hear Ron Davis' story...

With his discovery of turning off disorientation, Ron Davis went on to develop The Reading Research Council in California with the help of Dr. Fatima Ali, Ph.D. Together, they worked with hundreds of Dyslexic volunteers - explaining how they, too, could recognize and turn off their own disorientation. Consistently, they all experienced corrected perception by following his instructions.

When word of mouth spread about the Davis methods, and Ron found himself in a position where he could no longer keep up with the demand, he published The Gift of Dyslexia and established Davis Dyslexia Association International where facilitators are now trained.

How do other reading programs help with disorientation?

Sadly, they don't!  If you have tried other programs and experienced limited success, it is likely because disorientation was not addressed.  It is critical to get disorientation under control in order to truly learn and, ultimately, to correct dyslexia.

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