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Reaping the Benefits | the gift of dyslexia

A few weeks have passed since my son completed the Davis Method for Young Learners and I want to update you on Henry’s progress.  The program itself is simple, but complex, and difficult to immediately comprehend so I was doing a lot of trusting.  And it is paying off.

First, the amount of confidence and self-esteem Henry gained in that short amount of time is amazing.  Even at such a young age and in a non-traditional school, he felt inferior because of his reading ability.  And now, both he and I recognize confusion as a symptom and not an ability.  He learned tools to integrate his senses, monitor his energy, and release frustration.  This accountability and responsibility has carried over to many areas of his daily life.  He has matured in so many ways, seemingly overnight.

Second, he recognizes and appreciates his gift.  Not every six-year old says his ABC’s backwards or goes to Lego Robotics Camp.  This requires a 3-D spatial ability that dyslexics possess.  To reap the benefits of the this gift, it has to be acknowledged, appreciated and encouraged.  And this is the greatest service OnPoint Learning provided to me and my son.

It is like his imagination has been unleashed.  And I am just along for the ride, trying to keep up.  I can see that his life passions and successes will be because of, not in spite of, his dyslexia.

I have not asked Henry to read for me since returning. My indirect method has been daily exposure to reading and writing and daily activities that promote mind/body integration.  Hence he is my inspiration for the inaugural Read, Write & Surf Camp (that’s for another day).

Yesterday, Henry picked-up a box of Bob books (10 books of K-1 sight words) and announced he was going to read them all.  Interestingly enough, sight words are actually the most difficult words for dyslexics.  Because they think and read in pictures, sight words are often omitted and substituted because they don’t fit into the picture.  He sat down, focused and read them one by one.  Then, he asked me to pick one for him to read to me.  He read the book to me with 100% proficiency, not memorized and not reasoning from the pictures.  At about mid-point, he looked away, did “release” as he has been taught, and returned to the book.

Day by day I see a bit unravels for him, and he is grabbing the end of the thread and weaving a beautiful tapestry of creativity, ingenuity and brilliance of his very own.  Thank you for giving him the insight and me the courage to let this happen, in its own way and in its own time.    

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