Dyslex ic Read er Vol. 23
Davis Dyslexia Association International
Issue 1 2001
Davis Dyslexia Correction Program - OutcomesBy Wayman E. (wes) Sole The Davis Dyslexia Correction Program originated with research done by Ron Davis in 1980-1981 leading to the opening of his first center in California, in 1982. In 1995, the Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI) was established. By January 2001, the organization has grown to more than 200 Facilitators throughout the world. The Davis Dyslexia Correction Program is a three-part program beginning with an assessment and consultation to determine if the Davis Methods are suitable to help the potential student. Important factors for success with the Davis program are awareness of problems with learning, and motivation to solve them. The assessment and consultation will help determine if
The Shifting Sands of Dyslexia Scienceby Abigail Marshall
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Every few months I see a new press report, announcing that scientists have discovered a new "cause" or "cure" for dyslexia. Each story seemingly appears in a vacuum, as if each team of research scientists or clinicians had never met the others, nor heard of their research. So each new report also heralds a new theory of dyslexia. This week it is the "left inferior parietal" and it has something to do with the way the mind processes visual input, a while back it was the "angular gyrus" and it had
something to do with the way the brain handled the sounds of language. A favorite approach of brain researchers is to take pictures of brain function of a small group of dyslexic individuals, and then compare the brain function with non-dyslexic individuals. They compare one set to another and then remark upon the difference. Upon finding differences in the way the brain functions in the "dyslexic" vs. "non-dyslexic" group, they remark upon how they have discovered the biological roots of dyslexia.Continued on page 18
In This IssueNews & Feature Articles:DDC Program Outcomes . . . . . . . . . . .1 Shifting Sands of Dyslexia Science . . . .1 Global Happenings in 2000 . . . . . . . . . .3 Humor Makes Coping More Fun . . . . . .4 A Wondrous Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Personal Experience Essay . . . . . . . . . .7 What Happens Next? . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
Regular Features:Alex PDQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 In the Mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 New Facilitators & Specialists . . . . . . .8 Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Davis Providers (U.S. & Canada) . . . . .19
T HE DYSLEXIC READER
IN THE MAILDear Mr. Davis, My daughter attended a one week session with Kellie Brown this summer in Fort Worth, Texas. I went there a little skeptical but was very happy with the results of the last week. My Katie was in a dyslexic program at her school last year and had little success. At the beginning of this, her fourth grade year, a reading test was administered. She took a similar test at the end of her third grade year. She improved over three grade levels. More important is her self-esteem. She went from feeling she was stupid (her words) to knowing she can learn anything. Last year was mostly miserable but this year has been great. She still has some work to do with her handwriting. That is where we are spending our follow-up time. Last year no one could read anything Katie wrote, this year it still isn't beautiful handwriting, but you can read it. Last week the school sent home a note saying Katie would be reading from the Bible at the school's morning religious service. We knew what she was to read and practiced all weekend. Right before she was to read she was told the verses she was to read had been changed. Without ever seeing it before she read it and it was flawless. The look of joy on her face when she finished reading brought tears to my eyes and to the eyes of her second and third grade teachers who struggled with her so much in the previous years. On my way out of the school her principal asked me again about your program and commented on the remarkable improvement in Katie. This was the first year she got grades and she had A's across the board, except for a B+
in Science. I cringed when I found out she had the hardest teacher in the school this year, but it has been a breeze so far. I can't thank you enough for helping provide her with the tools necessary to succeed in school and in life. We are eternally grateful to you and your program. Katie and I have a goal of being able to help dyslexics whose parents can't afford to have them attend a Davis Program. I am currently exploring grants in order to get the training I need to help these kids have the same transformation Katie has experienced. She tells everyone who will listen about your program. There are children from her school who are scheduled for Davis sessions. Considering the closest provider is in Dallas, TX which is over seven hours away, this is remarkable. There are many more who are waiting to schedule. They want to make sure it works for the other students before they commit. I will and they will. Thanks again. Wendy GilledMore In the Mail on page 4
What happened to Issue 4, 2000? We are making up for it with this "double" issue. Although our intentions are good, we periodically need to adjust the publication dates. Thanks for your patience. Enjoy! --The Editors
DYSLEXIA MEANS NEVER HAVING TO SPELL YOURE SORRY.
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Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed. - Michael Pritchard
The Dyslexic Reader is published quarterly by Davis Dyslexia Association International (DDAI), 1601 Bayshore Hwy., Suite 245, Burlingame, CA 94010 USA +1(650) 692-7141. OUR GOALS are to increase worldwide awareness about the positive aspects of dyslexia and related learning styles; and to present methods for improving literacy, education and academic success. We believe that all peoples abilities and talents should be recognized and valued, and that learning problems can be corrected. EDITORIAL BOARD: Alice Davis, Abigail Marshall, Michele Plevin, Maria Fagioli and Dee Weldon. DESIGN: Julia Gaskill. SUBSCRIPTIONS: one year $25 in US, add $5 in Canada; add $10 elsewhere. BACKISSUES: send $8.00 to DDAI. SUBMISSIONS AND LETTERS: We welcome letters, comments and articles. Mail to DDAI at the above address. VIA FAX: +1(650) 692-7075 VIA E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org INTERNET: http://www.dyslexia.com/ The opinions and views expressed in articles and letters are not necessarily those of DDAI. Davis Dyslexia Correction, Davis Symbol Mastery, Davis Orientation Counseling are registered trademarks of Ronald D. Davis. Copyright 1999 by DDAI, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.
T HE DYSLEXIC READER
Global Happenings in 2000by Dee Weldon White As we reflect on 2000, we continue to be amazed at the rapid global expansion of the Davis Dyslexia Correction method. Ron presented workshops and lectures in 14 countries and nine U.S. States, while continuing his ongoing research and writing. As always, Alice continued to manage and coordinate this international organization with grace and good humor. We are excited to have certified 43 new International Facilitators in the following countries: Canada(2), France(4), Germany(7), Ireland(1), Mexico(9), Netherlands(4), Republic of Singapore(1), Republic of South Africa(1), Spain (3), Switzerland(7) and the United Kingdom(4). We welcomed 25 new U.S. Facilitators in the following states: Alabama(1), Arizona(1), California(3), Colorado(1), Kansas(1), Missouri(1), Montana(1), Nebraska(1), Nevada(1), New Jersey(1), New York(1), Pennsylvania(1), Texas(2), Washington(7), West Virginia(1), and Wisconsin(1). Our newly licensed and certified Specialists and Trainers are: Cyndi Deneson as a Specialist and Trainer in the United States, Sonja Heinrich as a Specialist in Germany, Lin Seward as a Specialist in England, Hector Linares as a Trainer in Mexico presenting workshops in Spanish and English, and Jurg Peter as a Trainer in Switzerland presenting workshops in German and English. DDAI expanded its operations in February, 2000 with the opening of its Davis Training Center in the same office building as its Burlingame headquarters. The space is approximately 1800 square feet (200 square meters) and provides space for workshops, Practice Meetings,
An Advanced Supervised Practice Meeting being led by Davis Specialist, Dorothy Owen, in the new Davis Training Center.
DDAI Managers & Administrators. Above (l. to r.): Gina Haysbert, Maria Fagioli (Training and Licensing Manager), Colleen Masini, Michele Plevin (Office Manager). Right: Jacqueline Ward (Finance Manager).
Training Pod Weeks, and conferences. In order to accommodate our worldwide growth, especially catalog sales, DDAI increased its staff to include Gina Haysbert and Colleen Masini. These two ladies will gladly assist you with your orders. Welcome aboard Gina & Colleen! Three new territories began offering Davis Facilitator Training in 2000: Canada, Israel, and Singapore. The Gift of Dyslexia (Revised Edition) as a 4 CD Set in English became available this year, and new translations of the book were published in Hebrew, Greek, and Swedish. You can now read The Gift
of Dyslexia in 10 languages, and the Polish edition is due out in 2001. Teacher Kits for Grades K-1 & 2-3 incorporating Davis Learning Strategies began development and are due for release in early 2001. Finally, our top-rated website, www.dyslexia.com continues to provide information to thousands of interested visitors thanks to our astute Webmaster, Abigail Marshall. Although 2000 is behind us, we cont