Learning Disorder or Creative Gift?
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People with dyslexia struggle with standard methods of learning to read and write, which are not tailored to their multi-dimensional, visual ways of thinking. However, these same people are often highly imaginative, intuitive and creative.
I especially like that Jantzen explores the methods developed by Ronald Davis, author of The Gift of Dyslexia. His approach enables students to use all their senses in learning written language. Jantzen further analyses Rudolf Steiner's thoughts on learning - how his own difficulties with reading and writing informed his teaching mehtods, and ultimately how these have been carried forward into Steiner-Waldorf education.
The Gift of Dyslexia
Why Some of the Smartest People Can't Read . . . and How They Can Learn
Ronald D. Davis with Eldon M. Braun
Revised and Expanded Edition
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Like other dyslexics, Ronald Davis was gifted with an unusual talent for creativity and imagination . . . yet, he grew up wondering why he couldn't function right in school, where teachers labeled him "retarded." After numerous failures and setbacks, he eventually became an engineer, a businessman, and a sculptor--and at the age of thirty-eight made a startling discovery that enabled him to read a book, cover to cover, in just a few hours. Davis's approach enjoys a 97% success rate, in my opinion because its foundation is a reality he knows intimately, not a theory thought from a distance. If you or someone you love has dyslexia or other learning disorders, please take a look at this book. It may well open wide a door you weren't sure even existed.
The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Dyslexia
All you need to ensure your child's success
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Abigail Marshall works with Ron Davis and is the mother of a son with dyslexia, now age 21. This combined background has made her uniquely and wonderfully qualified to write this book with a depth of knowledge and heartfelt understanding.
It is really the case that within the pages of this one book you will be given a complete explanation of what dyslexia is, shown how to identify the signs, and go on to learn what you can do to help your child. This terrific book alerts parents to the special needs associated with this learning disability and offers practical suggestions for getting involved in the classroom.
The Everything Parent's Guide to Children with Dyslexia shows you how to:
- select the right treatment programs for your child
- secure an IEP
- choose a school and reduce homework struggles
- develop your child's skills with the use of assistive technology
- maintain open communication and offer support
- Understanding Dyslexia
- Characteristics of Dyslexia
- Getting a Diagnosis
- Related Conditions
- Learning to Read
- Reading Instruction
- Dyslexia Treatment Programs
- Beyond Reading - Therapies for Related Issues
- Choosing a School
- IDEA and the IEP Process
- Additional Legal Protections
- Working with Your Child's Teacher
- Academic Barriers
- Teaching Reading at Home
- Helping with Homework
- Strategies for Spelling, Writing, and Math
- Home adn Family Issues
- The Teen Years
- Making Choices in High School
- Planning for College and Career
- Famous People with Dyslexia
- Internet Resources for Dyslexia and Learning
- Recommended Reading