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.