The Big Picture

Is Dyslexia “trouble with words” or a natural talent – a gift?


Recently, Dyslexia has been further categorized into many different labels including ADD, ADHD, visual-spatial learners, processing disorders, etc. As more is learned about the commonality in thinking styles among all of these, there is a consistent theme with respect to many learning disabilities: Disorientation.

Disorientation is actually a natural talent – a gift. When disoriented, dyslexics can problem-solve, create, invent, engineer, and escape by using their extraordinary and vibrant multi-sensory thoughts, similar to movies. This same gift, however, is also what makes dealing with 2-dimensional words and symbols a tedious task.


Video courtesy of fellow Davis® Dyslexia Facilitator, Karen LoGiudice of New England Dyslexia Solutions in MA. Used with permission.

This video is a great demonstration of how it feels to read as a dyslexic.

When equipped with the right tools, people with dyslexia can intentionally control and correct their perceptions and avoid the disabling aspects, allowing their gifts and talents to shine.

Disorientation affects many areas of learning.
Reading, spelling, comprehension, writing, math, and attention behaviors are all affected by Disorientation.

Because many written words and symbols are abstract, and cannot be deciphered by their natural picture-thinking style, dyslexics become confused. When confused, their automatic response is to disorient and examine the source of the confusion multi-dimensionally. This works beautifully with real-world objects, but it doesn’t work for the written word. The result of disorientation while reading is distorted perception of the words – causing frustration, mistakes, loss of comprehension, and fatigue.

Personal Experience with Dyslexia makes the BIG DIFFERENCE
A unique program because it addresses (and corrects) the distorted perception experienced by Dyslexics when dealing with the written word.

With his discovery of turning off disorientation, Ron Davis went on to develop The Reading Research Council in California with the help of Dr. Fatima Ali, Ph.D. Together, they worked with hundreds of Dyslexic volunteers – explaining how they, too, could recognize and turn off their own disorientation. Consistently, they all experienced corrected perception by following his instructions.

When word of mouth spread about the Davis methods, and Ron found himself in a position where he could no longer keep up with the demand, he published The Gift of Dyslexia and established Davis Dyslexia Association International where facilitators are now trained.

Hear Ron Davis’ story…
The Gift of Dyslexia

The Gift of Dyslexia

Read more about how Davis Orientation Counseling® provides tools for correcting perception in Ron Davis’ breakthrough book, The Gift of Dyslexia.
Fish don't climb trees

Fish Don't Climb Trees

A Whole New Look at Dyslexia: Understanding and Overcoming the Challenges – Enjoying the Gift.
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The Gifts of Visual Thinking both Cause and Correct Reading Difficulties.

Not all those who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Each person is a fire to light, and not a pitcher to be filled.


How does disorientation affect reading, spelling, comprehension?

It can cause a dyslexic to perceive words on a page strung together, with no spaces, making it nearly impossible to decipher words within it.

Dyslexics perceive words strung together

It can cause a dyslexic to perceive that the symbols and letters are “hovering” or even sliding off of the page.

Dyslexics perceive symbols and letters hovering off the the page

Disorientation can also cause words to appear or disappear (addition or omission of words in the text).

It can cause transpositions of words, like: was/saw, on/no, from/form; as well as transpositions with individual letters within words, like: b/d/p/q, f/t, u/n.

Symptoms of disorientation vary greatly and appear differently in each person: mind wandering off, nausea, dizziness, blurring, words changing, letters moving, letters dancing, letters walking off the page…the book, the table, and out of the room!

The severity of the symptoms varies with each individual and the symptoms of disorientation vary from day-to-day and minute-to-minute, depending upon the situation.

Bottom-line: Picture thinkers have the talent to see multi-dimensionally, which both causes the disorientation and provides the talent to create and control the orientation which corrects their perceptions.