Dyslexia is one of the most misunderstood learning difficulties. The symptoms of dyslexia are not constant or consistent and no two dyslexics have identical symptoms. This diversity and lack of consistency often confuses medical personnel, parents and teachers.
Dyslexia is an alternative way of thinking that may affect 1 in 10 New Zealanders. Dyslexics think predominantly in pictures, not the sounds of words. Dyslexics are often called visual spatial learners or picture thinkers because of their different way of thinking.
Symbols such as words, letters and numbers trigger confusion in most dyslexic individuals. Confusion and the related anxiety are the main barriers to effective learning and the reason dyslexia can become a problem.
As dyslexics primarily think in pictures and experience difficulty thinking in words, it creates problems when they learn to read and write. Incorrect information is being absorbed and frustration is experienced when mistakes are made.
Often the symptoms of dyslexia do not show themselves until a child starts school. Even then, they may remain hidden for a number of years. Dyslexics are bright, intelligent and creative people who often have an extraordinary ability to hide their symptoms.
The symptoms of dyslexia are not constant or consistent and no two individuals will have identical symptoms. This is why each Davis Dyslexia Programme is tailored to meet the needs and goals of the individual. By customizing each programme, the individual is able to address the aspects of dyslexia which are negatively affecting their life and preventing them from reaching their full potential in the education system or workplace.
Many learning disability categories appear to be related to dyslexia. Davis methods have been used successfully to provide improvement for the following conditions.
ADD/ADHD people tend to have very fast internal body clocks, are visual thinkers, and usually disorient for long periods of time. Disorientation leads to information being processed inaccurately. The frustration felt by the individual may be demonstrated by bad behaviour and the inability to relate to other people.
This term is being increasingly used to describe individuals who have problems with listening, either in distinguishing sounds in their language or in comprehending the words they hear.
Difficulty with maths or an inability to use numbers and do maths.
Difficulty writing or an inability to write.
A person with Dyspraxia will usually appear clumsy; knocking things over, dropping things or bumping in to things. Often, they have difficulty catching a ball and may appear uncoordinated.
For further information on the Davis Dyslexia programmes offered, please see
The Davis™ Programmes.
Contact Dyslexia Workshop – call Ann Cook on 0272 855926 or complete the contact form.
Professional services described as Davis™, Davis Dyslexia Correction®, Davis Symbol Mastery™, Davis Orientation Counselling™, Davis Math Mastery™, Davis Attention Mastery™, Dyslexia the Gift™ and Gift of Dyslexia™ may only be provided by persons who are employed by a licensed Davis Specialist, or who are trained and licensed as Davis Facilitators by Davis Dyslexia Association International
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