It’s one week into 2010, and I have managed to finish one book. This week I read The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald D. Davis. It seems like a strange choice for the first book of the year, but I received it for Christmas and wanted to read it. It probably seems like a strange Christmas gift as well.
Here’s a little background… I began to suspect that my younger son (7 years old) is dyslexic a couple of months ago. It’s been a huge struggle teaching him to read. At first, I just kept reminding myself that everyone has a different timetable for learning to read. Maybe he’s not ready yet. All that stuff. Then I reviewed AVKO and All About Spelling as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew, both of which are targeted towards teaching dyslexics. (Although they are not exclusively for dyslexics.) I read through the signs of dyslexia and realized that my son had most of them. Around the same time I read a blog that recommended The Gift of Dyslexia and added it to my Amazon wishlist. I was a little surprised to get it for Christmas, but it was on my wishlist after all!
The Gift of Dyslexia was not at all what I expected. I’m not sure what I did expect, but the book is about how a dyslexic person becomes disoriented when he is confused. He can train himself to recognize his trigger words and reorient himself. This sentence from the book sums up my thoughts.
If the idea of moving a mental viewpoint around in space sounds far-fetched to you, it’s probably because you aren’t dyslexic. When I first explain the concept to most dyslexics, they inevitably say, "That’s exactly what I do!’
This idea seems not only far-fetched to me, but bizarre. I will hold on to the book and see where else my research leads. Perhaps I will come back to it in the future.