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The Gift of Dyslexia: Why Some of the Brightest People Can't Read and How They Can Learn Paperback – 25 Sep 1997


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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd; 2Rev Ed edition (25 Sep 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285634127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285634121
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 21.2 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"I found a Davis facilitator and came away from a five-day workshop with my
creativity intact and my problems solved." -- 'Red'

"Presented in a dyslexia friendly style... I would recommend this
book."
-- 'Disability Now'

"Promises to put an end to the problems of dyslexia once and for
all." -- 'The Independent'

"The Davis method... tackle(s) the causes of dyslexia... helping
clients to understand and take control of their own thought processes." -- 'The Times'

From the Author

If the schools can't help, hopefully parents will
I am the co-author of this book, which is by an American who is himself dyslexic. Over the past few years, it has been published in seven foreign editions, with a few more coming in 1999.

Since we first published the American edition in 1994, Ron Davis has been giving training seminars in the methods throughout Europe and North America. There is an active web site for the Davis Dyslexia Association International where you can find out more about the schedule.

There have been a number of articles in the UK, but my favourite* is a recent one in The Independent entitled "I Can See Clearly Now." It gives a good synopsis of the Davis methods, and was on their web site last time I checked.

I encourage you to take a look at these training procecures and try doing them as laid out in the book. They do work very well for students who have been struggling in school. They are available from trained professionals, but what gratifies me most about my own involvement is how many parents are successful at applying them at home, straight out of the book.

* Any misspellings I didn't catch are correct in the United States. I'm not dyslexic, just American ;-)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
I've just finished reading part 1 of this book and quite frankly it has changed the way I perceive my "disability".

My official diagnosis came a little late in life, at 47:) Rather than feeling upset I am quite relieved - not because I have the condition, but because it explains so many things: the spelling and grammar issues, the disorientation and time-shift feelings, the daydreaming, my ability to "see" interconnections between subjects and to think outside the "box"(altered perception/disorientation, etc.).

The only problem I have with this book is the title. It should be called "The Gift of Intelligence". When will the "school curriculum" learn to encompass all intelligence and stop teaching purely towards false meritocracy (wages)?

This book provides clear anecdotal evidence, that people who have experienced first-hand the symptoms of dyslexia are of huge benefit to finding solutions. Therefore, having experienced the symptoms and traits described, obviously it is not pseudo-science, but actually a very accurate analysis of dyslexia. Therefore, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By "jims_mrs" on 8 Jun 2004
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This is a really fantastic book covering dyslexia, dyspraxia and ADD. This book gives a valuble insight to the workings of the dyslexic mind, how to assess and identify problem areas in your child/friend/relative - it even has lesson ideas! The whole book is very optimistic and helpful.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 April 2000
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My son is nearly 7 and has been diagnosed as dyslexic. By reading this book it has enabled me to understand more fully why he reacts the way he does in certain circumstances and the frustrations he will face. It also talks very positively and relates to it as a 'Gift'. Equally importantly, it has made me understand in greater depth the problem my husband faces and faced growing up with Dyslexia. I thought I understood my husbands problems, but in truth I only scratched the surface! Now I can understand why he has difficulties with some things and is brilliant at others! A very interesting and enlightening read.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. A. Flisher on 4 Mar 2006
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This books is an absolute must for anyone who suffers from dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysculculia or related related conditions.
Through its pages it shows suffers that far from being a disability it is fact a gift. It gives a first hand account of how the author overcame his severe dyslexia, but also gives suffers practical information on how to overcome their condition, it also explains in a clear and concise way how their condition affects them and other people.
This book is useful for adults or children. For anyone wanting to know why they are dyslexic and how they can be helped, this is a very down to earth, commonsense book. Read it - you will not be disaapointed.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct 1999
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I bought this book because my son is dyslexic and found the first few chapters extremely helpful in understanding what is going on when he tries to read. The practical approach to helping dyslexia sufferers recognise and deal with their fantastic talent for seeing things in a way the rest of us cannot (which lies at the root of their problem) is clearly spelled out and easy to follow.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec 2001
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After shouting at my daughters school for 5 years and getting nowhere fast the gift was recommended by a friend - its the best book I've ever bought. Not only did it help me understand what my daughter was going through - it gave me detailed advice about how to help her through her nightmare.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 July 1999
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I started to read this book knowing a bit about dyslexia, but once I had started it, I realised there was a lot that I did not know. It answered a lot of questions that I had. It has helped me to understand. Helped me to think that, yes, dyslexia is a gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Richardson on 17 Dec 2009
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This is the best book I have found on dyslexia. Most books treat dyslexia as a learning difficulty, whereas this explains how many dyslexics have an amazing imagination and other talents. From reading this book I have understood some of my seven year old son's frustrations and difficulties. We have consulted a Davis tutor who has been the first person to fully understand my son's mind and not think he was being lazy or difficult.
After a few lessons, my son went from being unable to read simple words, to picking up one of his basic school readers and reading it from cover to cover! For any dyslexic or parent of a dyslexic child this book will provide a valuable insight.
Thanks Ron Davis for changing our lives!
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